Matthew 6:15

15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

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Matthew 6:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
ESV
15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
NLT
15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
MSG
15 If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part.
CSB
15 But if you don't forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.

Matthew 6:15 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 6:15

But if you forgive not men their trespasses
On the other hand, where men are not of a forgiving temper to their fellow creatures and fellow Christians, how can they expect forgiveness at the hands of God? or what sense of pardoning grace can there be upon their minds? Had they any right apprehensions of the grace and goodness of God, in the forgiveness of their sins, this would influence their minds, and engage their hearts to forgive such who have offended them: wherefore, where this is wanting, it may be concluded of, and said to such persons,

neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
It is a plain case, that your Father has not given you a true sense of the pardon of your sins, nor can you be certain that he will; nor have you any reason to expect it, when you are so cruel and revengeful to others. There is a considerable emphasis lies upon the word "men", to which "heavenly Father" is opposed, and the sense, according to it, is, that if men, who are upon an equal foot with each other, should not forgive one another, how should it be expected that our Father which is in heaven, who is so much above, and no ways obliged to us, should forgive us?

Matthew 6:15 In-Context

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,

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