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The Unmerciful Servant


(1) Matt 18:23-34



(1) Matt 18:23-34

/18:23/ "For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. /18:24/ When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; /18:25/ and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. /18:26/ So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' /18:27/ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. /18:28/ But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, 'Pay what you owe.' /18:29/ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' /18:30/ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. /18:31/ When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. /18:32/ Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. /18:33/ Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?' /18:34/ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.






John Dominic Crossan

Item: 418
Stratum: III (80-120 CE)
Historicity: +


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