|New International Version (©2011)|
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
New Living Translation (©2007)
"Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.
English Standard Version (©2001)
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.
International Standard Version (©2012)
"That is why the kingdom from heaven may be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
NET Bible (©2006)
"For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man who was a King, wanting to take an account of his servants.
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 2000 Bible (©2003)
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would take account of his servants.
American King James Version
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
American Standard Version
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an 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.
English Revised Version
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would make a reckoning with his servants.
Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king who would take account of his servants.
Weymouth New Testament
"For this reason the Kingdom of the Heavens may be compared to a king who determined to have a settlement of accounts with his servants.
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,
|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.
Verses 23-35. - Christ illustrates his precept by the parable of the unmerciful servant, and the stern lesson which he himself enunciates at its close. Verse 23. - Therefore; i.e. because such is the infinite nature of the pardon to be meted out to an offending brother. The kingdom of heaven. The rule observed in the government of Christ's kingdom with regard to forgiveness is represented by the procedure of a certain earthly king. The picture supposes some great Oriental potentate, with numerous viceroys or satraps, who have to render to him an account of revenues received. These are called servants in the sense that, though they are high officials, they are the monarch's subordinates and dependents. Both Herodotus and Xenophon apply the term "slave" (δοῦλος) to the great officers of state. Immense sums of money would pass through their hands. This accounts for the enormous debt of the officer in the parable. Webster and Wilkinson compare the East India Company's collectors, who are high civil servants of the company, that is, now, of the government. If we regard the parable in a general light, as illustrating God's dealings with sinful man, we must see in the "taking account of his servants," not the judgment of the last day, but those many occasions when God makes a man turn his eyes inward and learn how he stands in the sight of his Lord. Such occasions are sickness, misfortune, great change of circumstances, a new year, reproach of conscience, however aroused, - these and such like incidents awaken a man to his true position, show him his delinquencies and misery.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven,.... The Gospel church state, or the church of Christ under the Gospel dispensation, and the methods of God's dealings in it;
likened unto a certain king: or "a man", "a king", pointing either to Christ, the king Messiah, who is King of kings, and Lord of lords, the King of saints and churches; who, as God, has a natural kingdom of providence, and as man and Mediator, a kingdom of grace; and will have a more visibly glorious one, both in this world and in the other; or rather, the Father of Christ, as appears from the application of the parable, in Matthew 18:35, who is the living God, and everlasting King: whose is the kingdom of nature, grace, and glory:
which would take account of his servants; not all mankind, though these are all in a sense his servants, and accountable to him; nor only ministers of the Gospel, who are so in an eminent and peculiar sense, and must give an account to God of their time and talents, and souls committed to them; but all that bear the Christian name, that are professors of religion, that are either really or nominally the subjects and servants of God. These, it is sometimes the will and pleasure of God, to "take account of": not of their persons, or number, but of their conduct and behaviour; which, as it will be more fully done at death, or at judgment, so sometimes is taken in this life: God sometimes calls, and brings, professors of religion to an account, and reckons with them by afflictive dispensations of providence; when he puts them upon reflecting how they have spent their time, made use of their talents and gifts, and have behaved in their families, and in the world, and church; or by dealing roundly with men's consciences, awakening and convincing them of their sins, of omission and commission, which seems to be intended here.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
23. Therefore—"with reference to this matter."
is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants—or, would scrutinize the accounts of his revenue collectors.
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