Matthew 5:26
New International Version
Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

New Living Translation
And if that happens, you surely won't be free again until you have paid the last penny.

English Standard Version
Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Berean Study Bible
Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Berean Literal Bible
Truly I say to you, you shall not come out from there until you should pay the last kodranten!

New American Standard Bible
"Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

King James Bible
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Christian Standard Bible
Truly I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny.

Contemporary English Version
I promise you will not get out until you have paid the last cent you owe.

Good News Translation
There you will stay, I tell you, until you pay the last penny of your fine.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I assure you: You will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny!

International Standard Version
I tell you with certainty, you will not get out of there until you pay back the last dollar!"

NET Bible
I tell you the truth, you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny!

New Heart English Bible
Truly I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And truly I say to you, you will not come out from there until you give the last quarter cent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I can guarantee this truth: You will never get out until you pay every penny of your fine.

New American Standard 1977
“Truly I say to you, you shall not come out of there, until you have paid up the last cent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out of there, until thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

King James 2000 Bible
Verily I say unto you, you shall by no means come out of there, till you have paid the last penny.

American King James Version
Truly I say to you, You shall by no means come out there, till you have paid the uttermost farthing.

American Standard Version
Verily I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the last farthing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing.

Darby Bible Translation
Verily I say to thee, Thou shalt in no wise come out thence till thou hast paid the last farthing.

English Revised Version
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the last farthing.

Webster's Bible Translation
Verily, I say to thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Weymouth New Testament
I solemnly tell you that you will certainly not be released till you have paid the very last farthing.

World English Bible
Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.

Young's Literal Translation
verily I say to thee, thou mayest not come forth thence till that thou mayest pay the last farthing.
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Anger and Reconciliation
25Reconcile quickly with your adversary, while you are still on the way to court. Otherwise he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. 27You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’…
Cross References
Matthew 10:29
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

Mark 12:42
Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius.

Luke 12:58
Make every effort to reconcile with your adversary while you are on your way to the magistrate. Otherwise, he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and the officer may throw you into prison.

Luke 12:59
I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the very last penny."

Treasury of Scripture

Truly I say to you, You shall by no means come out there, till you have paid the uttermost farthing.

Thou.

Matthew 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till …

Matthew 25:41,46 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

Luke 12:59 I tell you, you shall not depart there, till you have paid the very last mite.

Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: …

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …







Lexicon
Truly
ἀμὴν (amēn)
Hebrew Word
Strong's Greek 281: Of Hebrew origin; properly, firm, i.e. trustworthy; adverbially, surely.

I tell
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

you,
σοι (soi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

you will not get out
ἐξέλθῃς (exelthēs)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1831: To go out, come out. From ek and erchomai; to issue.

until
ἕως (heōs)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2193: A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until.

you have paid
ἀποδῷς (apodōs)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 591: From apo and didomi; to give away, i.e. Up, over, back, etc.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

last
ἔσχατον (eschaton)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2078: Last, at the last, finally, till the end. A superlative probably from echo; farthest, final.

penny.
κοδράντην (kodrantēn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2835: Of Latin origin; a quadrans, i.e. The fourth part of an as.
(26) The uttermost farthing.--The Greek word is derived from the Latin quadrans, the fourth part of the Roman as, a small copper or bronze coin which had become common in Palestine. The "mite," half the quadrans (Mark 12:42), was the smallest coin in circulation. The "farthing" of Matthew 10:29 is a different word, and was applied to the tenth part of the drachma.

Do the words point to a terminable or to an endless punishment? In the frame-work of the similitude such a sentence would not involve perpetual imprisonment, if only the condemned could get together the money wherewith to pay his debt or fine; and we might infer, as Romanist divines have inferred, that such a payment, to be followed by liberation, was possible in the divine judgment. But in practice, unless the man had friends or property, the sentence would, for the most part, involve a life-long punishment. And the question may well be asked, when we turn to the realities shadowed forth in the parable, Can a man pay the "uttermost farthing" in that unseen world? Does he pay by enduring for a given time a given measure of suffering, bodily or spiritual? Can he there find others to pay it for him? Do not the words "till thou hast paid" exclude the thought of their intervention as availing to stay the full action of the great law of retribution? These questions must, for the most part, be so answered as to diminish the force of the first hasty inference. If hope is not shut out altogether, it is because we cannot absolutely answer the first question in the negative. There may be a suffering that works repentance, and the repentance may lead to peace and pardon--there may be, but that is the very utmost that can be said. It is noticeable that the word "prison" is that used in 1Peter 3:19, where the "spirits in prison" are, almost beyond a doubt, represented as the objects of a dispensation that proclaimed even there the good news of salvation. But the whole tone of the passage is that of one who seeks to deepen the sense of danger, not to make light of it, to make men feel that they cannot pay their debt, though God may forgive it freely, accepting faith in Him in lieu of payment.

Verse 26. - Thou shalt by no means, etc. A solemn statement of the unrelenting character of justice. The Romanists hold that the verse implies

(1) that if payment can be made, release follows;

(2) and that payment can be made.

The first statement is probable; but as for the slightest hint of the second, it is wholly wanting. Christ affirms that non-reconciliation with a brother, if carried beyond that limit of time within which the quarrel can be made up, involves consequences in which the element of mercy will be entirely absent. The element of mercy can enter up to a certain point of time, but after that only justice. (On "pay," ἀποδῷς, see Matthew 6:4, note.) It will be observed that, in the above interpretation, ἀντίδικος has been consistently explained as a human adversary, for this seems to be the primary meaning here. But it should not be forgotten that, in the parallel passage in Luke, the reference is to God. Offences against man are there represented in their true character as offences against God, who is therefore depicted as the adversary in a lawsuit. That, from another point of view, be is also the Judge, matters not. Both conceptions of him are true, and can be kept quite distinct. It may be the case, indeed, that this reference of ἀντίδικος to God was present to St. Matthew's mind also when he recorded these words, and this would partly account for the terrible emphasis on ver. 26, the pendant to ver. 22. But even if the reference to God were present to St. Matthew's mind by way of application, it is not with him, as it is with St. Luke, the primary. signification of the word. Farthing. The quadrans, the smallest Roman coin. 5:21-26 The Jewish teachers had taught, that nothing except actual murder was forbidden by the sixth commandment. Thus they explained away its spiritual meaning. Christ showed the full meaning of this commandment; according to which we must be judged hereafter, and therefore ought to be ruled now. All rash anger is heart murder. By our brother, here, we are to understand any person, though ever so much below us, for we are all made of one blood. Raca, is a scornful word, and comes from pride: Thou fool, is a spiteful word, and comes from hatred. Malicious slanders and censures are poison that kills secretly and slowly. Christ told them that how light soever they made of these sins, they would certainly be called into judgment for them. We ought carefully to preserve Christian love and peace with all our brethren; and if at any time there is a quarrel, we should confess our fault, humble ourselves to our brother, making or offering satisfaction for wrong done in word or deed: and we should do this quickly; because, till this is done, we are unfit for communion with God in holy ordinances. And when we are preparing for any religious exercises, it is good for us to make that an occasion of serious reflection and self-examination. What is here said is very applicable to our being reconciled to God through Christ. While we are alive, we are in the way to his judgement-seat; after death, it will be too late. When we consider the importance of the case, and the uncertainty of life, how needful it is to seek peace with God, without delay!
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