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

New Living Translation
Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, 'You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.

English Standard Version
Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.

New American Standard Bible
"Then summoning him, his lord said to him, 'You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.

King James Bible
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.

International Standard Version
Then his master sent for him and told him, 'You evil servant! I canceled that entire debt for you because you begged me.

NET Bible
Then his lord called the first slave and said to him, 'Evil slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then his lord called him, and said to him, “You wicked servant, I forgave you that entire debt because you begged me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then his master sent for him and said to him, 'You evil servant! I canceled your entire debt, because you begged me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then his lord, after he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked slave, I forgave thee all that debt because thou didst beseech me;

King James 2000 Bible
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me:

American King James Version
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said to him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me:

American Standard Version
Then his lord called him unto him, and saith to him, Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then his lord called him; and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me:

Darby Bible Translation
Then his lord, having called him to [him], says to him, Wicked bondman! I forgave thee all that debt because thou besoughtest me;

English Revised Version
Then his lord called him unto him, and saith to him, Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then his lord, having called him, said to him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Weymouth New Testament
At once his master called him and said, "'Wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you entreated me:

World English Bible
Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me.

Young's Literal Translation
then having called him, his lord saith to him, Evil servant! all that debt I did forgive thee, seeing thou didst call upon me,
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 32. - After that he had called him. A second time he is brought before his lord, not now to receive forgiveness, but to have the enormity of his guilt exhibited to him, and to suffer well deserved punishment. In a mystical sense this call is the summons of death, which is virtually judgment. O thou wicked servant. The lord had not so addressed him when he had come cringing into his presence on the former occasion; he had spoken no words of reproach, but simply left him in the hands of justice. Now he calls him "wicked," because he is unmerciful; he deserves the epithet, because he has been guilty of a crime as heinous as theft or murder. Then the lord places in strong contrast the mercy which he had received and the unmercifulness which he had shown. All that debt. Great as it was. Thou desiredst me (παρεκάλεσας); besoughtest me; calledst on me for aid. The debtor had not asked or hoped for remission of his debt, and had been largely and most unexpectedly blessed.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then his Lord, after that he had called him,.... Or ordered him to be called, and brought before him,

said unto him, O thou wicked servant! Munster's Hebrew Gospel reads, "thou servant of Belial"; thou cruel and hard hearted man to thy fellow servant, and ungrateful creature to me, on whom my goodness to thee has not made any impression, nor taken any effect:

I forgave thee all that debt: all that vast debt of ten thousand talents, and that freely:

because thou desiredst me: not to forgive the debt, but to have patience, and give time, and therefore unasked forgave the whole sum, every farthing of it; which was such an instance of pure goodness, as was enough to have wrought upon an heart of stone, and engaged the most tender concern and pity for a fellow creature, as well as filled with thankfulness to the kind benefactor. The favour so lately bestowed on him is justly observed as an aggravation of his wickedness.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32, 33. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, &c.—Before bringing down his vengeance upon him, he calmly points out to him how shamefully unreasonable and heartless his conduct was; which would give the punishment inflicted on him a double sting.

Matthew 18:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
31"So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32"Then summoning him, his lord said to him, 'You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33'Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?'…
Cross References
Matthew 18:27
The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

Matthew 18:31
When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

Matthew 18:33
Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'

James 2:13
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Treasury of Scripture

Then his lord, after that he had called him, said to him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me:

O thou.

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

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