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Matthew 18:23-25

The Parable of the Unforgiving Slave

18:23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 1  18:24 As 2  he began settling his accounts, a man who owed ten thousand talents 3  was brought to him. 18:25 Because 4  he was not able to repay it, 5  the lord ordered him to be sold, along with 6  his wife, children, and whatever he possessed, and repayment to be made.

1 tn See the note on the word “slave” in 8:9.

2 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

3 sn A talent was a huge sum of money, equal to 6,000 denarii. One denarius was the usual day’s wage for a worker. L&N 6.82 states, “a Greek monetary unit (also a unit of weight) with a value which fluctuated, depending upon the particular monetary system which prevailed at a particular period of time (a silver talent was worth approximately six thousand denarii with gold talents worth at least thirty times that much).”

4 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

5 tn The word “it” is not in the Greek text, but is implied. Direct objects were often omitted in Greek when clear from the context.

6 tn Grk “and his wife.”

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