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Matthew 18:21-35 (New American Standard)

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Forgiveness

21 Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, 1how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to 2seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to 3seventy times seven. 23 "For this reason 4the kingdom of heaven amay be compared to a king who wished to 5settle accounts with his slaves. 24 "When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him bten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 "But since he c6did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him 7to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 "So the slave fell to the ground and 8prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.' 27 "And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and 9forgave him the ddebt. 28 "But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred edenarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.' 29 "So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you.' 30 "But he was unwilling fand went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31 "So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32 "Then summoning him, his lord said to him, 'You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 '10Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?' 34 "And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 "11My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from gyour heart."
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