Again with Context, Using the first Verse you listed Matthew 18:23-25
The parable of the unforgiving servant.
"Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him."
Who owed him ten thousand talents: Though commentators list the modern value of 10,000 talents as anywhere between $12 million and $1 billion, the figure clearly represents an unpayable debt.
His master commanded that he be sold: The master would sell the man who could not pay, his family, and all he had. But this would do virtually nothing to pay off the debt, because slaves at their top price were sold at a talent apiece.
The master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt: The master shows mercy prompted by compassion, forgiving a debt that obviously could never be repaid, no matter what promises the servant made.
One of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii: The forgiven servant confronts another man about a debt of 100 denarii (which was equal to 100 day’s wages). This was not an insignificant amount, but it was almost nothing compared to the debt forgiven by his master.
Have patience with me, and I will pay you all: The man who owed 100 denarii uses the exact same plea that brought man forgiven the great debt mercy. But it gains nothing, because the forgiven servant puts the man into a debtor’s prison.
You wicked servant . . . delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him: The master hears of this and is angry. He then gives the first servant what he deserved - justice instead of mercy.
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