Luke 7:42
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New International Version
Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

New Living Translation
But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?"

English Standard Version
When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

New American Standard Bible
"When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?"

King James Bible
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?"

International Standard Version
When they couldn't pay it back, he generously canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?"

NET Bible
When they could not pay, he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And because they had nothing to pay he forgave both of them. Which of them therefore will love him more?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they couldn't pay it back, he was kind enough to cancel their debts. Now, who do you think will love him the most?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they had nothing to pay, he released them both from their debt. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

King James 2000 Bible
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

American King James Version
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

American Standard Version
When they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which therefore of the two loveth him most?

Darby Bible Translation
but as they had nothing to pay, he forgave both of them [their debt]: [say,] which of them therefore will love him most?

English Revised Version
When they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

Weymouth New Testament
But neither of them could pay anything; so he freely forgave them both. Tell me, then, which of them will love him most?"

World English Bible
When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?"

Young's Literal Translation
and they not having wherewith to give back, he forgave both; which then of them, say thou, will love him more?'
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!

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when they had nothing to pay,.... Neither the lesser nor greater debtor; for though not alike in debt, yet both insolvent: man has run out his whole stock, which the God of nature gave him, in his original creation and primitive state; and is become a bankrupt and a beggar, is poor, wretched, and miserable; he has no money, he has nothing to offer for a composition, much less for payment; he has no righteousness, and if he had, it would be nothing to pay with; since that itself, even in perfection, is due to God, and cannot discharge a former debt: sin being committed against an infinite being, is in some sense an infinite debt, and requires an infinite satisfaction, which a finite creature can never give; and he is therefore liable to a prison, and that for ever: but behold the wonderful grace of God, the creditor!

he frankly forgave them both: their whole debts, without regard to any merits of theirs, which they could not have, or any motives in them, or any conditions to be performed by them, but purely of his sovereign will, free grace, and rich mercy, though not without regard to the satisfaction of his Son; which by no means hinders the frankness of the pardon, or obscures the grace of it, but increases and illustrates it; seeing this satisfaction is of God's own finding out, providing, and accepting; and is at his own expense, and without money and price, to the debtors:

tell me therefore, which of them will love him most; or "ought to love him most", as the Ethiopic version. The Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, leave out the first part of this clause, "tell me".



Luke 7:42 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Two Debtors
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?" 43Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have judged correctly."…
Cross References
Matthew 6:12
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 18:25
Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

Matthew 18:27
The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

Luke 7:43
Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said.
Treasury of Scripture

And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

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Psalm 49:7,8 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God …

Matthew 18:25,26,34 But for as much as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be …

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

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Psalm 32:1-5 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered…

Psalm 51:1-3 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness…

Psalm 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as …

Jeremiah 31:33,34 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Daniel 9:18,19 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold …

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

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

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this …

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is …

Romans 4:5-8 But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the …

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have …

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