Matthew 18:24
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
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Luke 7:41,42 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty...

Luke 13:4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them...


Luke 16:5,7 So he called every one of his lord's debtors to him, and said to the first, How much owe you to my lord...

ten thousand. [Murias talanton,] a myriad of talents, the highest number known in Greek arithmetical notation. According to Prideaux, the Roman talent was equal to

216?; ten thousand of which would amount to

2,160,000?. If the Jewish talent of silver be designed, which is estimated by the same learned writer at

450?., this sum amounts to

4,500,000?.; but if the gold talent is meant, which is equal to

7200?., then the amount is

72,000,000?. This immense sum represents our boundless obligations to God, and our utter incapacity, as sinners infinitely indebted to Divine justice, of paying one mite out of the talent.

1 Chronicles 29:7 And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents...

Ezra 9:6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head...

Psalm 38:4 For my iniquities are gone over my head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have taken hold on me, so that I am not able to look up...

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand...

talents. 'A talent is

750 ounces of silver, which after five shillings the ounce is



The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25But for as much as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all. 27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that you owe. 29And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and sought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. 30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done. 32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said to him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me: 33Should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you? 34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due to him. 35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also to you, if you from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, that owed him ten thousand talents.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents.

Darby Bible Translation
And having begun to reckon, one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought to him.

King James Bible
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

Young's Literal Translation
and he having begun to take account, there was brought near to him one debtor of a myriad of talents,

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