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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?"
King James Bible
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
American Standard Version
Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times?
Young's Literal Translation
Then Peter having come near to him, said, 'Sir, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him -- till seven times?'
Matthew 18:21 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Till seven times? - Though seven was a number of perfection among the Hebrews, and often meant much more than the units in it imply, yet it is evident that Peter uses it here in its plain literal sense, as our Lord's words sufficiently testify. It was a maxim among the Jews never to forgive more than thrice: Peter enlarges this charity more than one half; and our Lord makes even his enlargement septuple, see Matthew 18:22. Revenge is natural to man, i.e. man is naturally a vindictive being, and, in consequence, nothing is more difficult to him than forgiveness of injuries.
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Matthew 18:15 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone: if he shall hear you...
Luke 17:3,4 Take heed to yourselves: If your brother trespass against you, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him...
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Matthew 18:15 "If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
Luke 17:4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying 'I repent,' you must forgive them."