23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is likem a king who wanted to settle accountsn with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of goldh was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay,o the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be soldp to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him.q ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.i He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”r
Or seventy times seven
Greek ten thousand talents; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wages.
Greek a hundred denarii; a denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see 20:2).
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