And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?…
1. Had man any ability left, and were able to do something towards the payment of the debt due; yet if he cannot do all, how is the debt paid? Let but twelve pence be wanting in the payment of a £100, the bond, you know, is not discharged; let light gold be tendered, will it be accepted? Our best works are full of imperfections (Isaiah 64:6).
2. All the good a man can do, though he do more then ever any man did, is itself a due debt, and how shall that go for a discharge of former debts? One debt will not discharge another, nor the payment of this year's rent discharge the last year's forfeiture.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?