Matthew 18:24
New International Version
As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.

New Living Translation
In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.

English Standard Version
When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

Berean Study Bible
As he began the settlements, a debtor was brought to him owing ten thousand talents.

Berean Literal Bible
And he having begun to settle, one was brought to him, a debtor of ten thousand talents.

New American Standard Bible
"When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.

King James Bible
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

Christian Standard Bible
When he began to settle accounts, one who owed ten thousand talents was brought before him.

Contemporary English Version
As he was doing this, one official was brought in who owed him 50,000,000 silver coins.

Good News Translation
He had just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him.

International Standard Version
When he had begun to settle the accounts, a person who owed him 10,000 talents was brought to him.

NET Bible
As he began settling his accounts, a man who owed ten thousand talents was brought to him.

New Heart English Bible
When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he began to take it, they brought him one who owed 10,000 talents.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he began to do this, a servant who owed him millions of dollars was brought to him.

New American Standard 1977
“And when he had begun to settle them, there was brought to him one who owed him ten thousand talents.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him who owed him ten thousand talents.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had begun the reckoning, one was brought unto him, who owed him ten thousand talents.

American King James Version
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

American Standard Version
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, that owed him ten thousand talents.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents.

Darby Bible Translation
And having begun to reckon, one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought to him.

English Revised Version
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

Weymouth New Testament
But as soon as he began the settlement, one was brought before him who owed 10,000 talents,

World English Bible
When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

Young's Literal Translation
and he having begun to take account, there was brought near to him one debtor of a myriad of talents,
Study Bible
The Unforgiving Servant
23Because of this, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlements, a debtor was brought to him owing ten thousand talents. 25Since the man was unable to pay, the master ordered that he be sold to pay his debt, along with his wife and children and everything he owned.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 29:7
Toward the service of God's house they gave 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze, and 100,000 talents of iron.

Matthew 18:23
Because of this, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

Matthew 18:25
Since the man was unable to pay, the master ordered that he be sold to pay his debt, along with his wife and children and everything he owned.

Matthew 25:15
To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent--each according to his own ability. And he promptly went on his journey.

Matthew 25:16
The servant who had received five talents went and put them to work, and gained five more.

Matthew 25:20
The servant who had received five talents came and presented five more. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'

Matthew 25:22
Then the servant who had received two talents also came and said, 'Master, you entrusted me with two talents. See, I have gained two more.'

Matthew 25:24
Finally, the servant who had received one talent came and said, 'Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

Treasury of Scripture

And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

owed.

Luke 7:41,42
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty…

Luke 13:4
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

Luke 16:5,7
So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? …

ten thousand.

1 Chronicles 29:7
And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.

Ezra 9:6
And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Psalm 38:4
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

talents.







Lexicon
As
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

he
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

began
ἀρξαμένου (arxamenou)
Verb - Aorist Participle Middle - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 756: To begin. Middle voice of archo; to commence.

the settlements,
συναίρειν (synairein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4868: To compare (settle) accounts, make a reckoning. From sun and airo; to make up together, i.e. to compute.

a
εἷς (heis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

debtor
ὀφειλέτης (opheiletēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3781: From opheilo; an ower, i.e. Person indebted; figuratively, a delinquent; morally, a transgressor.

was brought
προσηνέχθη (prosēnechthē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4374: From pros and phero; to bear towards, i.e. Lead to, tender, treat.

to him
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

owing ten thousand
μυρίων (myriōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3463: Plural of an apparently primary word; ten thousand; by extension, innumerably many.

talents.
ταλάντων (talantōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5007: Neuter of a presumed derivative of the original form of tlao; a balance, i.e. a certain weight or 'talent'.
(24) Ten thousand talents.--It is hardly necessary to discuss in detail the value in modern coinage of the sum thus described. Assuming the Greek "talent" to have been rightly used by the LXX. translators for the Hebrew kikar in Exodus 38:25-26, we have a basis of calculation which makes the talent equal to 3,000 shekels; and taking the shekel as equal to four drachmae, this makes the 10,000 talents about 2,500,000 sterling. The sum is evidently named in its vague vastness to indicate the immensity of the debt which man owes to God, the absolute impossibility of his ever clearing off the aggregate, ever-accumulating, of sins of omission and commission which are brought home to his conscience when God "takes account" with him.

Verse 24. - When he had begun to reckon. This is the same word which is rendered "take account" in the previous verse, and means to compare receipts, expenditure, and balance. One was brought unto him. The defaulter did not come of himself and own his delinquency, but was brought into his lord's presence, probably by some who had discovered his defalcations, and desired to see him punished. Otherwise the phrase may refer merely to Oriental etiquette, according to which no one can cuter the royal presence without being formally allowed the interview, and ceremoniously introduced. Ten thousand talents. It is uncertain what is here meant by a talent, whether of silver or gold, of Jewish, or Attic, or Syriac standard; and, of course, the amount intended is variously understood. We must refer to the Bible dictionaries for an explanation of the term "talent," merely remarking here that the highest estimate would give six millions of our pounds, and the lowest more than half that amount. This huge stun must represent the total revenues of a province, and the debtor must have been a high and much-trusted official. It is used by our Lord to signify the infinite debt the sinner owes to God. Thus in the Lord's Prayer we have, "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" (Matthew 6:12). 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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