Matthew 18:23
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GOD'S WORD® Translation (© 1995)
"That is why the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

King James Bible
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

Darby Bible Translation
For this cause the kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who would reckon with his bondmen.

World English Bible
Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.

Young's Literal Translation
'Because of this was the reign of the heavens likened to a man, a king, who did will to take reckoning with his servants,

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Persistence of Thwarted Love
'If so be that he find it.'--MATT. xviii. 13. 'Until he find it.'--LUKE xv. 4. Like other teachers, Jesus seems to have had favourite points of view and utterances which came naturally to His lips. There are several instances in the gospels of His repeating the same sayings in entirely different connections and with different applications. One of these habitual points of view seems to have been the thought of men as wandering sheep, and of Himself as the Shepherd. The metaphor has become so familiar
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Six Sweeping Statements.
Jesus' own words make this very clear. There are two groups of teachings on prayer in those three and a half years as given by the gospel records. The first of these groups is in the Sermon on the Mount which Jesus preached about half-way through the second year of His ministry. The second group comes sheer at the end. All of it is in the last six months, and most of it in the last ten days, and much of that on the very eve of that last tragic day. It is after the sharp rupture with the leaders that
S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon—Quiet Talks on Prayer

False Ambition Versus Childlikeness.
(Capernaum, Autumn, a.d. 29.) ^A Matt. XVIII. 1-14; ^B Mark IX. 33-50; ^C Luke IX. 46-50. ^c 46 And there arose a reasoning among them, which of them was the greatest. ^b 33 And he came to Capernaum: ^c 47 But when Jesus saw the reasoning of their heart, ^b and when he was in the house [probably Simon Peter's house] he asked them, What were ye reasoning on the way? 34 But they held their peace: for they had disputed one with another on the way, who was the greatest. [The Lord with his disciples was
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Sin and Forgiveness Between Brethren.
(Autumn, a.d. 29.) ^A Matt. XVIII. 15-35. ^a 15 And if thy brother sin against thee, go, show him his fault between thee and him alone: if he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. [Having warned against giving offense, Jesus now shows how to act when offense is received. The fault is to be pointed out to the offender, but for the purpose of gaining him--not from a desire to humiliate him. The offended is to seek the offender, and the offender is likewise to seek the offended (Matt. xv. 23, 24),
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Matthew 7:24
"Therefore, everyone who hears what I say and obeys it will be like a wise person who built a house on rock.

Matthew 13:24
Jesus used another illustration. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who planted good seed in his field.

Matthew 18:24
When he began to do this, a servant who owed him millions of dollars was brought to him.

Matthew 25:19
"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

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