23. "For this reason the kingdom
of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts
with his slaves.
24. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents
was brought to him;
25. and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together
with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to
26. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience
with me, and I will pay you everything.'
27. And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and
forgave him the debt.
28. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow
slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat,
he said, 'Pay what you owe.'
29. Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience
with me, and I will pay you.'
30. But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he
would pay the debt.
31. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly
distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken
32. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave!
I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
33. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy
34. And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would
pay his entire debt.
35. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you
do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."