Matthew 18:34

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And his lord was wroth, and deliuered him to the tormentors, till hee should pay all that was due vnto him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

And his lord being angry delivered him to the tormentors till he paid all that was owing to him.
- Darby Bible

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

So his master, greatly incensed, handed him over to the jailers until he should pay all he owed him.
- Weymouth Bible

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

And his lord was wroth, and took hym to turmentouris, til he paiede al the dette.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And having been wroth, his lord delivered him to the inquisitors, till he might pay all that was owing to him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 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our Lord draws from it: The debtor was freely and fully forgiven; He wilfully and grievously offended; His pardon was retracted, the whole debt required, and the offender delivered to the tormentors for ever.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.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 18:34


Mt 18:34 His lord . . . delivered him to the tormenters. This language is to be interpreted by customs that still prevail in the East, where torture is still used to compel debtors to confess where they have hidden treasures that they are suspected of having concealed. In both Greece and Rome torture was used on prisoners to compel confession, and until within a century or two it was still employed in Great Britain and Europe. Till he should pay all. As, however, he never could pay, he was condemned to perpetual imprisonment.

Discussion for Matthew 18

  • Irene
    I like what Mockingbird said; everytime i read this - i am reminded how our mouths can run wild and hurt or just be mis-understood. I had this experience of a 'loose' mouth just recently, but it was 'just' a mis-understanding; my Sis. in the Lord and I got it cleared up though.
  • Ps gideon
    Yes is true Jesus he is our saviour and out lord We are find by him we bow today and say thank you Lord
  • Chukwuemeka
    Jesus is still in the business of finding lost souls and very soon no body would put up an excuse that nobody came looking for him when he was lost.so let the lost believe in his rescue business and make Jesus smile.
  • Jonathan McDade
    Praise the Lord for taking care of us and giving us love and mercy. It's only through his mercy that we are reunited with him, when you are lost in sin how sweet it is to be back in the arms of the Father. Amen
  • MockingBird
    The guy that had his dad as a minister for 60 yrs. Thanks for your comment : This opened my eyes : Yes , I see that he came to bring back to man what was lost in Adam in the garden : A relationship and fellowship with the Father God. Praise God !!! He restored !
  • MockingBird
    I believe that this passage is also talking about forgiveness and un forgiveness and I believe that this passage is also talking about what I say : I can have what I say : If I talk doubt and unbelief all day every day : that is what I get : Talk fear : That fear will come upon me : Talk Faith and Blessing all day everyday , not only on me but on all and everyone that I talk about. I will have to give an account of all that I speak on the day I stand before Jesus Christ . As well as every one else. No one will be left out on that day !!

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