Jesus saith to him, 'I do not say to thee till seven times, but till seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:22 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Seventy times seven - There is something very remarkable in these words, especially if collated with Genesis 4:24, where the very same words are used - "If any man kill Lamech, he shall be avenged seventy times seven." The just God punishes sin in an exemplary manner. Sinful man, who is exposed to the stroke of Divine justice, should be abundant in forgiveness, especially as the merciful only shall find mercy. See the note on Matthew 5:7, and on Matthew 6:14, Matthew 6:15 (note). The sum seventy times seven makes four hundred and ninety. Now an offense, properly such, is that which is given wantonly, maliciously, and without Any Provocation. It is my opinion, that, let a man search ever so accurately, he will not find that he has received, during the whole course of his life, four hundred and ninety such offenses. If the man who receives the offense has given any cause for it, in that case, the half of the offense, at least, towards his brother, ceases.
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Matthew 6:11,12,14,15 Give us this day our daily bread...
Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him...
Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion on us; he will subdue our iniquities...
Mark 11:25,26 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any...
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Ephesians 4:26,31,32 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath...
Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.
1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
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