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Matthew 18:34

    Matthew 18:34 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due to him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And his lord was very angry, and put him in the hands of those who would give him punishment till he made payment of all the debt.

    Webster's Revision

    And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due.

    World English Bible

    His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due.

    Definitions for Matthew 18:34

    Wroth - To be provoked; angered.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 18:34

    Delivered him to the tormentors - Not only continued captivity is here intended, but the tortures to be endured in it. If a person was suspected of fraud, as there was reason for in such a case as that mentioned here, he was put to very cruel tortures among the Asiatics, to induce him to confess. In the punishments of China, a great variety of these appear; and probably there is an allusion to such torments in this place. Before, he and all that he had, were only to be sold. Now, as he has increased his debt, so he has increased his punishment; he is delivered to the tormentors, to the horrors of a guilty conscience, and to a fearful looking for of fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. But if this refers to the day of judgment, then the worm that dieth not, and the fire that is not quenched, are the tormentors.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 18:34

    Delivered him to the tormentors - The word "tormentors" here probably means keepers of the prisons. Torments were inflicted on criminals, not on debtors. They were inflicted by stretching the limbs, or pinching the flesh, or putting out the eyes, or taking off the skin while alive, etc. It is not probable that anything of this kind is intended, but only that the servant was punished by imprisonment until the debt should be paid.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 18:34

    18:34 His lord delivered him to the tormentors - Imprisonment is a much severer punishment in the eastern countries than in ours. State criminals, especially when condemned to it, are not only confined to a very mean and scanty allowance, but are frequently loaded with clogs or heavy yokes, so that they can neither lie nor sit at ease: and by frequent scourgings and sometimes rackings are brought to an untimely end. Till he should pay all that was due to him - That is, without all hope of release, for this he could never do. How observable is this whole account; as well as the great inference our Lord draws from it: The debtor was freely and fully forgiven; He wilfully and grievously offended; His pardon was retracted, the whole debt required, and the offender delivered to the tormentors for ever. And shall we still say, but when we are once freely and fully forgiven, our pardon can never be retracted? Verily, verily, I say unto you, So likewise will my heavenly Father do to you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.