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our Lord draws from it: The debtor was freely and fully forgiven; He wilfully and grievously offended; His pardon was retracted, the whole debt required, and the offender delivered to the tormentors for ever.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

  • Larry
    I love that Jesus died for us 💕💖💖
  • A disciple
    " Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Child-like does not mean being infantile in your behavior: it's not thinking and acting like a child, when we are grown up men! But it is love out of the innocence and purity of a good conscience, faith without hypocrisy, and the hope! "Acting like a child" is different.
  • Cross N.
    Dear Boba Fett - I like that you appreciate the teachings of Jesus even if you claim that you are not a Christian. May I just add that aside from your entering a spiritual state every time you play with your lego, Jesus is telling us that "being a child" means possessing a humble and teachable spirit like children :)
  • Arley3
    Matthew 18:15 doesn't say anything about whether you have forgiven the trespass or not, nor does it say anything about whether or not the brother has repented of the trespass. It doesn't say if thy brother has ought against you. It says, "if thy brother shall trespass against thee... ". Talk things out. Make peace with your brother. Don't look for excuses.
  • BSP
    Jesus came to save the lost ones. We are grateful for the ransom of Jesus because without this ransom we would still be lost and with no chance of survival.
  • ADAM Ulysses Shuler
    I BELIEVE IN JESUS AND GOD IS THE FIRST AND THE LAST AND AS MY SAVOIR.

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