Matthew 18:23
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New International Version
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

King James Bible
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

Darby Bible Translation
For this cause the kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who would reckon with his bondmen.

World English Bible
Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.

Young's Literal Translation
'Because of this was the reign of the heavens likened to a man, a king, who did will to take reckoning with his servants,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Therefore is the kingdom - In respect to sin, cruelty, and oppression, God will proceed in the kingdom of heaven (the dispensation of the Gospel) as he did in former times; and every person shall give an account of himself to God. Every sin is a debt contracted with the justice of God; men are all God's own servants; and the day is at hand in which their Master will settle accounts with them, inquire into their work, and pay them their wages. Great Judge! what an awful time must this be, when with multitudes nothing shall be found but sin and insolvency!

By servant, in the text, we are to understand, a petty king, or tributary prince; for no hired servant could possibly owe such a sum as is here mentioned.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 13:24,31,33,44,45,47,52 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field...

Matthew 25:1,14 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom...


Matthew 25:19-30 After a long time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them...

Luke 16:1,2 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward...

Luke 19:12-27 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return...

Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness...

2 Corinthians 5:10,11 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body...

May 31. "Whosoever Therefore Shall Humble Himself as this Little Child" (Matt. xviii. 4).
"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
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Forgiven and Unforgiving
'Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.' --MATT. xviii. 22. The disciples had been squabbling about pre-eminence in the kingdom which they thought was presently to appear. They had ventured to refer their selfish and ambitious dispute to Christ's arbitrament. He answered by telling them the qualifications of 'the greatest in the kingdom'--that they are to be humble like little children; that they are to be placable; that they are to use all means
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Wicked Servant
ST. MATTHEW xviii. 23. The kingdom of heaven is likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants. This parable, which you heard in the Gospel for this day, you all know. And I doubt not that all you who know it, understand it well enough. It is so human and so humane; it is told with such simplicity, and yet with such force and brilliancy that--if one dare praise our Lord's words as we praise the words of men--all must see its meaning at once, though it speaks of a state of
Charles Kingsley—The Water of Life and Other Sermons

Meetings for Prayer.
Text.--"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."--Matthew xviii. 19. HITHERTO, in treating of the subject of Prayer, I have confined my remarks to secret prayer. I am now to speak of social prayer, or prayer offered in company, where two or more are united in praying. Such meetings have been common from the time of Christ, and even hundreds of years before. And it is probable
Charles Grandison Finney—Lectures on Revivals of Religion

Cross References
Matthew 7:24
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 13:24
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

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

Matthew 25:19
"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

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