Luke 7:41
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New International Version
"Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus told him this story: "A man loaned money to two people--500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other.

English Standard Version
“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

New American Standard Bible
"A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

King James Bible
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"A creditor had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50.

International Standard Version
"Two men were in debt to a moneylender. One owed him 500 denarii, and the other 50.

NET Bible
"A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to him, “One landowner had two debtors; one debtor owed him 500 denarii and the other 50 denarii.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[So Jesus said,] "Two men owed a moneylender some money. One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other owed him fifty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There was a certain creditor who had two debtors: the one owed five hundred denarius, and the other fifty.

King James 2000 Bible
There was a certain creditor who had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

American King James Version
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

American Standard Version
A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A certain creditor had two debtors, the one who owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

Darby Bible Translation
There were two debtors of a certain creditor: one owed five hundred denarii and the other fifty;

English Revised Version
A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

Webster's Bible Translation
There was a certain creditor, who had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

Weymouth New Testament
"There were once two men in debt to one money-lender," said Jesus; "one owed him five hundred shillings and the other fifty.

World English Bible
"A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

Young's Literal Translation
'Two debtors were to a certain creditor; the one was owing five hundred denaries, and the other fifty;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:36-50 None can truly perceive how precious Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the broken-hearted. But while they feel they cannot enough express self-abhorrence on account of sin, and admiration of his mercy, the self-sufficient will be disgusted, because the gospel encourages such repenting sinners. The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing in the tokens of the woman's repentance, confined his thoughts to her former bad character. But without free forgiveness none of us can escape the wrath to come; this our gracious Saviour has purchased with his blood, that he may freely bestow it on every one that believes in him. Christ, by a parable, forced Simon to acknowledge that the greater sinner this woman had been, the greater love she ought to show to Him when her sins were pardoned. Learn here, that sin is a debt; and all are sinners, are debtors to Almighty God. Some sinners are greater debtors; but whether our debt be more or less, it is more than we are able to pay. God is ready to forgive; and his Son having purchased pardon for those who believe in him, his gospel promises it to them, and his Spirit seals it to repenting sinners, and gives them the comfort. Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey him more zealously, and more strongly to recommend him unto all around us. The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner's heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 41, 42. - There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. The illustration was from the everyday life of the people. This lending and borrowing was ever a prominent feature in the common life of the Jews. Pointed warnings against greed and covetousness, and the habit of usury, and the love of perpetual trafficking, we find in all the Old Testament books, notably in Deuteronomy, and then centuries later in the Proverbs, besides repeated instances in the prophetic writings and historical books. The character of the Jews in this respect has never changed from the days of their nomad life - from the times of their slavery under the Pharaohs to our own day. In this particular instance the two debtors were of the common folk, the sums in question being comparatively small; but in both cases the debtors could never hope to pay their creditors. They were alike hopelessly insolvent, both helplessly bankrupt. The larger sum, considering' the relative value of money, has been computed only to have represented about £50 of our currency. And the two received from their creditor a free, generous acquittance of the debt which would have hopelessly ruined them. In the mind of Jesus the larger debt pictured the terrible catalogue of sins which the penitent woman acknowledged she had committed; the smaller, the few transgressions which even the Pharisee confessed to having been guilty cf. They were both sinners before God, both equally insolvent in his eyes; whether the debt was much or little was to the almighty Creditor a matter of comparative, indifference - he frankly forgave them both (better, "freely," the Greek word ἀχαρίσατο signifies "forgave of his generous bounty"). The Revisers simply translate "he forgave," but something more is needed to reproduce the beautiful word in the original. "Frankly," in the sense of "freely," is used by Shakespeare -

"I do beseech your grace...
... now to forgive me frankly."


(Henry VIII.,' act 2. sc. 1.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There was a certain creditor,.... All the Oriental versions premise something to this. The Syriac version reads, "Jesus said unto him". The Arabic version, "then he said". The Persic version, "Jesus said"; and the Ethiopic version, "and he said to him"; and something of this kind is understood, and to be supplied in the text:

which had two debtors, the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty; these were, as the word shows, Roman "denarii" or "pence"; the former of these sums, reckoning a Roman penny at seven pence halfpenny of our money, amounted to fifteen pounds and twelve shillings and six pence; and the latter, to one pound eleven shillings and three pence; the one of these sums was ten times larger, than the other. This is a parable: by "the creditor", God is meant, to whom men owe their beings, and the preservation of them, and all the mercies of life; and are under obligation to obedience and thankfulness: hence: no man can merit any thing of God, or pay off any old debt, by a new act of obedience, since all is due to him: by the "two debtors" are meant, greater and lesser sinners: all sins are debts, and all sinners are debtors; not debtors to sin, for then it would not be criminal, but lawful to commit sin, and God must be pleased with it, which he is not, and men might promise themselves impunity, which they cannot; but they are debtors to fulfil the law, and in case of failure, are bound to the debt of punishment: and of these debtors and debts, some are greater, and others less; not but that they, are all equally sinners in Adam, and equally guilty and corrupted by his transgression; and the same seeds of sin are in the hearts of all men, and all sin is committed against God, and is a breach of his law, and is mortal, or deserving of death, even death eternal; but then as some commands are greater, and others less, so must their transgressions be: sin more immediately committed against God, is greater than that which is committed against our neighbour; and besides, the circumstances of persons and things differ, which more or less aggravate the offence.



Luke 7:41 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Two Debtors
40And Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he replied, "Say it, Teacher." 41"A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42"When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?"…
Cross References
Matthew 6:12
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 18:28
"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.

Mark 6:37
But he answered, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "That would take more than half a year's wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?"

Luke 7:40
Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.
Treasury of Scripture

There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

a certain.

Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted …

Luke 13:4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them…

Isaiah 50:1 Thus said the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom …

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Matthew 18:23-25 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king, which …

the one.

Luke 7:47 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she …

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

1 Timothy 1:15,16 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ …

pence. See

Matthew 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, …

the other.

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall …

Numbers 27:3 Our father died in the wilderness…

Jeremiah 3:11 And the LORD said to me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself …

John 15:22-24 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now …

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …

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