Luke 17:4
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New International Version
Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying 'I repent,' you must forgive them."

New Living Translation
Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive."

English Standard Version
and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

New American Standard Bible
"And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him."

King James Bible
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and comes back to you seven times, saying, I repent,' you must forgive him."

International Standard Version
Even if he sins against you seven times in a day and comes back to you seven times and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."

NET Bible
Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And if he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times in the day returns to you and says, 'I am sorry', forgive him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even if he wrongs you seven times in one day and comes back to you seven times and says that he is sorry, forgive him."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if he trespasses against thee seven times in a day and seven times in a day turns again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him.

King James 2000 Bible
And if he trespasses against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him.

American King James Version
And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him.

American Standard Version
And if he sin against thee seven times in the day, and seven times turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if he sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee, saying, I repent; forgive him.

Darby Bible Translation
And if he should sin against thee seven times in the day, and seven times should return to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him.

English Revised Version
And if he sin against thee seven times in the day, and seven times turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if he shall trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day shall turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Weymouth New Testament
and if seven times in a day he acts wrongly towards you, and seven times turns again to you and says, 'I am sorry,' you must forgive him."

World English Bible
If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

Young's Literal Translation
and if seven times in the day he may sin against thee, and seven times in the day may turn back to thee, saying, I reform; thou shalt forgive him.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:1-10 It is no abatement of their guilt by whom an offence comes, nor will it lessen their punishment that offences will come. Faith in God's pardoning mercy, will enable us to get over the greatest difficulties in the way of forgiving our brethren. As with God nothing is impossible, so all things are possible to him that can believe. Our Lord showed his disciples their need of deep humility. The Lord has such a property in every creature, as no man can have in another; he cannot be in debt to them for their services, nor do they deserve any return from him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day,.... For good men are frequently apt to fall into sin, and offend both God and man; see Proverbs 24:16 "and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent"; as often as he sins, and appears to be truly sensible of it, and humble for it, and makes acknowledgments of it; and not only barely in words professes his concern for it, but there is reason to believe that he is heartily grieved for it, and to hope that he will behave better for the future:

thou shalt forgive him; this seems to be occasioned by Peter's putting such a question to Christ, how often a brother might sin against him, and he forgive him; see Matthew 18:21. The Jews plead for great tenderness and readiness to forgive penitents, when they ask for forgiveness; which they insist upon should be done: they say (q),

"it is forbidden an injured person to be cruel, and not forgive; this is not the way of the seed of Israel: but when he that has done the injury asks of him, and prays him once and again, and he knows that he has returned from his sin, and hath repented of his evil, he ought to forgive him; and whoever makes haste to forgive, is praiseworthy.''

But then, they say (r),

"if he brings all the rams of Nebaioth that are in the world, he is not to have pardon, unless he asks it of him.''

And they seem also to have set times for it, as well as restrain the frequent repetition of it: they observe (s);

"if a man returns by repentance, in the intermediate time, (i.e. as the gloss explains it, between the beginning of the year, or New Year's Day, and the day of atonement,) they pardon him; but if he does not return in the intermediate time, though he brings all the rams of Nebaioth in the world, they do not pardon him.''

A man that was always forgiving, was reckoned by them an extraordinary man: it is said (t) of Mar Zutra bar Nachman, that he was , "forgiving every day"; but yet they do not seem to care to carry it to so great a length, and to repeat it so often as our Lord directs; they allow a man to forgive three times, but not a fourth; See Gill on Matthew 18:22.

(q) Maimon. Hilchot Chobel Umezik, c. 5. sect. 10. (r) T. Bab. Bava Kama, fol. 92. 1.((s) T. Bab. Rosh Hashama, fol. 17. 2.((t) Juchasin, fol. 90. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. seven times—not a lower measure of the forgiving spirit than the "seventy times seven" enjoined on Peter, which was occasioned by his asking if he was to stop at seven times. "No," is the virtual answer, "though it come to seventy times that number, if only he ask forgiveness in sincerity."

Luke 17:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Temptations and Trespasses
3"Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4"And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him."
Cross References
Matthew 18:21
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?"

Luke 17:5
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
Treasury of Scripture

And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him.

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Matthew 18:21,22,35 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother …

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

Ephesians 4:31,32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, …

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

I repent.

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do …

Matthew 6:12,14,15 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…

Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more…

Romans 12:20 Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him …

2 Thessalonians 3:13,14 But you, brothers, be not weary in well doing…

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