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Matthew 18:23

    Matthew 18:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For this reason the kingdom of heaven is like a king, who went over his accounts with his servants.

    Webster's Revision

    Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would make a reckoning with his servants.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 18:23

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 18:23

    Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened ... - The phrase, "the kingdom of heaven," here has reference to the church, or to the way in which God will deal with his people. "It shall be in my church as it was with a certain king; or God will deal with the members of his church as a certain king did with his servants." See the notes at Matthew 3:2. This parable (see Matthew 13:3) is related to show the duty of forgiving others. It is not necessary to suppose that it was a true narrative, but only that it illustrated the truth which he was teaching. At the same time it may be true that such an occurrence really took place.

    Would take account of his servants - To take account means to reckon, to settle up affairs. The word "servants" here means, probably, petty princes, or, more likely, collectors of the revenue or taxes. Among the ancients kings often farmed out, or sold for a certain sum, the taxes of a particular district or province. Thus, when Judea was subject to Egypt or Rome, the kings frequently sold to the high priest the taxes to be raised from Judea on condition of a much smaller sum being paid to them. This secured to them a certain sum, but it gave occasion to much oppression in the collection of the taxes. It is probable that some such persons are intended by the word servants.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 18:23

    18:23 Therefore - In this respect.