Matthew 18:22
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New International Version
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

New Living Translation
"No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!

English Standard Version
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

King James Bible
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I tell you, not as many as seven," Jesus said to him, "but 70 times seven.

International Standard Version
Jesus told him, "I tell you, not just seven times, but 77 times!

NET Bible
Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to him, “I do not say to you until seven times, but until seventy times seven each.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus answered him, "I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus said unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times, but, Until seventy times seven.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

American King James Version
Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

American Standard Version
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus says to him, I say not to thee until seven times, but until seventy times seven.

English Revised Version
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus saith to him, I say not to thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Weymouth New Testament
"I do not say seven times," answered Jesus, "but seventy times seven times.

World English Bible
Jesus said to him, "I don't tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus saith to him, 'I do not say to thee till seven times, but till seventy times seven.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:21-35 Though we live wholly on mercy and forgiveness, we are backward to forgive the offences of our brethren. This parable shows how much provocation God has from his family on earth, and how untoward his servants are. There are three things in the parable: 1. The master's wonderful clemency. The debt of sin is so great, that we are not able to pay it. See here what every sin deserves; this is the wages of sin, to be sold as a slave. It is the folly of many who are under strong convictions of their sins, to fancy they can make God satisfaction for the wrong they have done him. 2. The servant's unreasonable severity toward his fellow-servant, notwithstanding his lord's clemency toward him. Not that we may make light of wronging our neighbour, for that is also a sin against God; but we should not aggravate our neighbour's wronging us, nor study revenge. Let our complaints, both of the wickedness of the wicked, and of the afflictions of the afflicted, be brought to God, and left with him. 3. The master reproved his servant's cruelty. The greatness of sin magnifies the riches of pardoning mercy; and the comfortable sense of pardoning mercy, does much to dispose our hearts to forgive our brethren. We are not to suppose that God actually forgives men, and afterwards reckons their guilt to them to condemn them; but this latter part of the parable shows the false conclusions many draw as to their sins being pardoned, though their after-conduct shows that they never entered into the spirit, or experienced the sanctifying grace of the gospel. We do not forgive our offending brother aright, if we do not forgive from the heart. Yet this is not enough; we must seek the welfare even of those who offend us. How justly will those be condemned, who, though they bear the Christian name, persist in unmerciful treatment of their brethren! The humbled sinner relies only on free, abounding mercy, through the ransom of the death of Christ. Let us seek more and more for the renewing grace of God, to teach us to forgive others as we hope for forgiveness from him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - I say not unto thee. Jesus gives the full weight of his authority to his precept, in distinction from Peter's suggestion and rabbinical glosses. Seventy times seven. No specific number, but practically unlimited. There is no measure to forgiveness; it must be practised whenever occasion arises. Some translate, "seventy-seven times," making an allusion to the retribution exacted from Lamech: "If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold" (Genesis 4:24). Christian forgiveness must be extended as far as old-world vengeance. Mercy rejoices against judgment. But the genius of the language supports the rendering of the Authorized Version. St. Paul has caught the spirit of his Master when he writes, "Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32). In the Mosaic dispensation there was some foreshadowing of the doctrine of forgiveness in the enactments which enjoined tender treatment of debtors, and in the terms of the jubilee law; but there were no rules concerning the pardon of personal injuries; the tendency of many prominent injunctions was to encourage retaliation. Herein is seen an important distinction between the Law and the gospel, the institutions antecedent to the death and atonement of Christ, and those subsequent thereto.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee,.... Which is as if he had said, observe what I am about to say, I do not agree to what thou sayest to fix the number, "until seven times only", but

until seventy times seven; a certain number for an uncertain, see Genesis 4:24. Christ's meaning is, that a man should be all the days, and every day of his life, forgiving those that sin against him, as often as they repent and acknowledge their fault; and that no time is to be set for the exercise of the grace of forgiveness; but as often as there are objects and occasions, though ever so many and frequent, it should be used; and which he illustrates by the following parable.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven—that is, so long as it shall be needed and sought: you are never to come to the point of refusing forgiveness sincerely asked. (See on [1326]Lu 17:3, 4).

Matthew 18:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
21Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.…
Cross References
Genesis 4:24
If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times."

Matthew 18:23
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
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