23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.24 When he began the accounting, one who owed him 10,000 [a]talents was brought to him.25 But because he could not repay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.26 So the slave fell on his knees and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’27 And his master’s heart was moved with compassion and he released him and forgave him [canceling] the debt.28 But that same slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him [b]a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began choking him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe!’29 So his fellow slave fell on his knees and begged him earnestly, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’30 But he was unwilling and he went and had him thrown in prison until he paid back the debt.31 When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and they went and reported to their master [with clarity and in detail] everything that had taken place.32 Then his master called him and said to him, ‘You wicked and contemptible slave, I forgave all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me.33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave [who owed you little by comparison], as I had mercy on you?’34 And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (jailers) until he paid all that he owed.35 My heavenly Father will also do the same to [every one of] you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
Matthew 18:24A talent was a measurement of weight, usually 58-80 pounds. One talent of silver was worth more than 15 years’ wages. One talent of gold was worth even more. 10,000 talents would be an inconceivable amount of debt for a slave in the king’s service to repay.
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