New International Version
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
King James Bible
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Darby Bible Translation
Jesus says to him, I say not to thee until seven times, but until seventy times seven.
World English Bible
Jesus said to him, "I don't tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.
Young's Literal Translation
Jesus saith to him, 'I do not say to thee till seven times, but till seventy times seven.
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CommentaryClarke'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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"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child" (Matt. xviii. 4). You will never get a humble heart until it is born from above, from the heart of Christ. For man has lost his own humanity and alas, too often has a demon heart. God wants us, as Christians, to be simple, human, approachable and childlike. The Christians that we know and love best, and that are nearest to the Lord, are the most simple. Whenever we grow stilted we are only fit for a picture gallery, and we are only good …
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