New International Version
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?"
King James Bible
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Darby Bible Translation
Then Peter came to him and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? until seven times?
World English Bible
Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?"
Young's Literal Translation
Then Peter having come near to him, said, 'Sir, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him -- till seven times?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Till seven times? - Though seven was a number of perfection among the Hebrews, and often meant much more than the units in it imply, yet it is evident that Peter uses it here in its plain literal sense, as our Lord's words sufficiently testify. It was a maxim among the Jews never to forgive more than thrice: Peter enlarges this charity more than one half; and our Lord makes even his enlargement septuple, see Matthew 18:22. Revenge is natural to man, i.e. man is naturally a vindictive being, and, in consequence, nothing is more difficult to him than forgiveness of injuries.
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"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child" (Matt. xviii. 4). You will never get a humble heart until it is born from above, from the heart of Christ. For man has lost his own humanity and alas, too often has a demon heart. God wants us, as Christians, to be simple, human, approachable and childlike. The Christians that we know and love best, and that are nearest to the Lord, are the most simple. Whenever we grow stilted we are only fit for a picture gallery, and we are only good …
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Meetings for Prayer.
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying 'I repent,' you must forgive them."
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