Matthew 18:22
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English Standard Version
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

King James Bible
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

American Standard Version
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.

English Revised Version
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus saith to him, I say not to thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Weymouth New Testament
"I do not say seven times," answered Jesus, "but seventy times seven times.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Seventy times seven (ἑβδομηκοντάκις ἑπτά).

It was a settled rule of Rabbinism that forgiveness should not be extended more than three times. Even so, the practice was terribly different. The Talmud relates, without blame, the conduct of a rabbi who would not forgive a very small slight of his dignity, though asked by the offender for thirteen successive years, and that on the day of atonement; the reason being that the offended rabbi had learned by a dream that his offending brother would attain the highest dignity; whereupon he feigned himself irreconcilable, to force the other to migrate from Palestine to Babylon, where, unenvied by him, he might occupy the chief place (Edersheim). It must, therefore, have seemed to Peter a stretch of charity to extend forgiveness from three to seven times. Christ is not specifying a number of times greater than the limit of seven. He means that there is to be no limit. "Forgiveness is qualitative, not quantitative."

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Matthew 6:11,12,14,15 Give us this day our daily bread...

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him...

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion on us; he will subdue our iniquities...

Mark 11:25,26 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any...

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Ephesians 4:26,31,32 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath...

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Cross References
Genesis 4:24
If Cain's revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech's is seventy-sevenfold."

Matthew 18:23
"Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.

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