Matthew 18:21-35 New American Standard Bible

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21  Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord , how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times ?" 22  Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times , but up to seventy times seven . 23  "For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves . 24  "When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25  "But since he did not have the means to repay , his lord commanded him to 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 prostrated 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 forgave him the debt . 28  "But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii ; 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 e and 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  ' Should 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  " My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart ."

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