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

New Living Translation
Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.

English Standard Version
And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.

New American Standard Bible
"And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.

King James Bible
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan.

International Standard Version
The master of that servant had compassion and released him, canceling his debt.

NET Bible
The lord had compassion on that slave and released him, and forgave him the debt.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the lord of that servant was moved with pity, and he released him, forgiving his debt.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The master felt sorry for his servant, freed him, and canceled his debt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the lord of that slave was moved with compassion and loosed him and forgave him the debt.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and released him, and forgave him the debt.

American King James Version
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

American Standard Version
And the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt.

Darby Bible Translation
And the lord of that bondman, being moved with compassion, loosed him and forgave him the loan.

English Revised Version
And the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

Weymouth New Testament
"Whereupon his master, touched with compassion, set him free and forgave him the debt.

World English Bible
The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

Young's Literal Translation
and the lord of that servant having been moved with compassion did release him, and the debt he forgave him.
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 27. - Was moved with compassion. The earthly circumstance has its counterpart in God's dealings with sinners. Humility, confession, prayer, are accepted by him as payment of the debt. Loosed him from arrest, from being sold as a slave. This was the first favour accorded. The second was even greater. Forgave him the debt. The servant had asked only for time; he receives acquittance of the enormous sum which he owed. The king's severity had brought home to the debtor his full guilt did its consequences; when he realizes these, and throws himself on his lord's mercy, he receives more than he had asked or hoped for. But (to revert to the spiritual interpretation) the pardoned sinner must not forget the past; he must live as one forgiven. Says the penitent psalmist, "I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me" (Psalm 51:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion,.... Or had compassion on him, showed pity to him, and extended mercy towards him; not that he was moved hereunto by any actions of his, as his prostrating himself before him, and his worshipping him, nor by his cries and entreaties, nor by his promises, which were not at all to be depended on, but by his own goodness, and will; for not to anything that this man said, or did, nor to any deserts of his, but to the pure mercy, and free grace of God, is to be ascribed what is after related:

and loosed him; from obligation to punishment, and from a spirit of bondage, through the guilt of sin, and work of the law upon his conscience:

and forgave him the debt; the whole debt of ten thousand talents: for when God forgives sin, he forgives all sin, original and actual, secret and open, sins of omission and commission, of heart, lip, and life, of thought, word, and deed, past, present, and to come; and that freely, according to his abundant mercy, and the riches of his grace; without any regard to any merits, motives and conditions in the creature; though not without respect to the satisfaction of Christ, which no ways detracts from the grace and mercy of God, since this is owing to his gracious provision and acceptation. It was grace in God that provided, sent, and parted with his Son to be the propitiatory sacrifice for sin, and accepted the satisfaction when made, in the room, and stead of sinners: it was grace in Christ to become a surety for them, to assume their nature, to shed his precious blood, and give himself an offering, and a sacrifice for them; and it is distinguishing grace that this satisfaction should be provided, made, and accepted, not for angels, but for men; and though it is at the expense of Christ's blood and life that this satisfaction is made, and remission of sins obtained, yet the whole is entirely free to those who are partakers of it; they have it without money; and without price. So, that though the satisfaction of Christ is not expressly mentioned in this parable, and forgiveness of sin, which lies in a non-remembrance, and non-imputation of it, in a covering, and blotting it out, and in remitting the obligation to punishment for it, is ascribed to the compassion and mercy of God, yet it is implied; since these two involve each other: the special mercy of God, in the forgiveness of sins, streams only through the blood, righteousness, and sacrifice of Christ; and the sacrifice and satisfaction of Christ largely display the grace and mercy of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt—Payment being hopeless, the master is first moved with compassion; next, liberates his debtor from prison; and then cancels the debt freely.

Matthew 18:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
26"So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.' 27"And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 28"But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.'…
Cross References
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.

Matthew 18:32
"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.

Luke 7:42
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?"

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

Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

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Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the …

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you …

Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed …

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy …

Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

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