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23 If you forgive the sins of any, they have been forgiven for them. If you retain[a] the sins of any, they have been retained”.

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  1. John 20:23 Or, hold firm; hold fast. On forgiving and retaining sins, compare Mt 16:19; 18:18. Some think that Jesus is giving authority to His ministers to absolve sins; others, that He is giving His authority to all believers to speak regarding God’s response to sin and repentance.

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