Matthew 18:21-35 American Standard Version

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21  Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times? 22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven. 23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants. 24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, that owed him ten thousand talents. 25  But forasmuch as he had not [wherewith] to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26  The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27  And the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28  But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred shillings: and he laid hold on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay what thou owest. 29  So his fellow-servant fell down and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee. 30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay that which was due. 31  So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were exceeding sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32  Then his lord called him unto him, and saith to him, Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me: 33  shouldest not thou also have had mercy on thy fellow-servant, even as I had mercy on thee? 34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due. 35  So shall also my heavenly Father do unto you, if ye forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

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