Matthew 18:30
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New International Version
"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.

New Living Translation
But his creditor wouldn't wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.

English Standard Version
He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.

Berean Study Bible
But he refused. Instead, he went and had him thrown into prison until he could pay his debt.

Berean Literal Bible
But he was not willing. Rather, having gone, he cast him into prison until he should pay what was owed.

New American Standard Bible
"But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.

King James Bible
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But he wasn't willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed.

International Standard Version
But he refused and had him thrown into prison until he could repay the debt.

NET Bible
But he refused. Instead, he went out and threw him in prison until he repaid the debt.

New Heart English Bible
He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he was not willing, but he went and he cast him into prison until he would give him whatever he owed him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But he refused. Instead, he turned away and had that servant put into prison until he would repay what he owed.

New American Standard 1977
“He was unwilling however, but went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he would not, but went and cast him into prison until he should pay the debt.

King James 2000 Bible
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

American King James Version
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

American Standard Version
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay that which was due.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt.

Darby Bible Translation
But he would not, but went away and cast him into prison, until he should pay what was owing.

English Revised Version
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay that which was due.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

Weymouth New Testament
"He would not, however, but went and threw him into prison until he should pay what was due.

World English Bible
He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.

Young's Literal Translation
and he would not, but having gone away, he cast him into prison, till he might pay that which was owing.
Study Bible
The Unforgiving Servant
29So his fellow servant fell down and begged him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you back.’ 30But he refused. Instead, he went and had him thrown into prison until he could pay his debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and recounted all of this to their master.…
Cross References
Proverbs 21:13
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.

Matthew 18:29
So his fellow servant fell down and begged him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you back.'

Matthew 18:31
When his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and recounted all of this to their master.
Treasury of Scripture

And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

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(30) Till he should pay the debt.--Neither the memory of his lord's mercy, nor any touch of pity, restrains the man who broods over the memory of wrong. But the course which he takes is, it may be noted, as unwise as it is ungenerous. He, as a slave, cannot command his fellow-slave to be sold. He can cast him into prison; but in so doing he cuts the debtor off from all opportunities of gaining the money by which he might pay his debt. His vindictiveness is so far suicidal. This surely is not without its analogue in the interpretation of the parable. Whatever be the nature of the offence, patience and forbearance at once encourage and enable the offender to make restitution. Harshness shuts him up as in the prison of a sullen defiance.

Verse 30. - And he would not. The piteous appeal made no impression on his hard heart. "He did not even regard the words by which he himself had been saved (for on saying these same words he had been delivered from the ten thousand talents), nor recognize the port by which he had escaped shipwreck; neither did the attitude of supplication remind him of his master's kindness; but putting aside all such considerations by reason of covetousness, cruelty, and revenge, he was fiercer than any wild beast" (St. Chrysostom, in loc.). He went and cast him into prison. He either himself dragged the wretched debtor to prison, or was not satisfied till he had seen the door of the gaol close upon him. Far from forgiving the debt, he would not even grant an extension of time; he must have payment immediately, or he will exact the utmost punishment till the debt is fully discharged. And he would not,.... Have patience with him, give him time for payment, and forbear severity at present, as he requested:

but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt; had him before a proper officer, and proved his debt, and got him sent to jail, there to lie till the whole debt was paid; which, as it discovered ill nature, severe usage, so, great ignorance and stupidity; for a prison will pay no debt: which sets forth the rigorous proceedings of some church members against their brethren, that have displeased them; who immediately bring the matter before the church, and will not be easy unless some censure is laid upon them, or they are cast out, until full satisfaction is given them, whereby oftentimes an useful member of a church is lost. 30. And he would not; but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt, etc.—Jesus here vividly conveys the intolerable injustice and impudence which even the servants saw in this act on the part of one so recently laid under the heaviest obligation to their common master.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.
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