Matthew 18:24
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New International Version
As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.

King James Bible
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

Darby Bible Translation
And having begun to reckon, one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought to him.

World English Bible
When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

Young's Literal Translation
and he having begun to take account, there was brought near to him one debtor of a myriad of talents,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ten thousand talents - Μυριων ταλαντων, a myriad of talents, the highest number known in Greek arithmetical notation. An immense sum, which, if the silver talent be designed, amounts to 4,500,000 sterling; but if the gold talent be meant which is by far the most likely, then the amount is 67,500,000 sterling, a sum equal to the annual revenue of the British empire! See the note on Exodus 25:39.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Luke 7:41,42 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty...

Luke 13:4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them...


Luke 16:5,7 So he called every one of his lord's debtors to him, and said to the first, How much owe you to my lord...

ten thousand. [Murias talanton,] a myriad of talents, the highest number known in Greek arithmetical notation. According to Prideaux, the Roman talent was equal to

216?; ten thousand of which would amount to

2,160,000?. If the Jewish talent of silver be designed, which is estimated by the same learned writer at

450?., this sum amounts to

4,500,000?.; but if the gold talent is meant, which is equal to

7200?., then the amount is

72,000,000?. This immense sum represents our boundless obligations to God, and our utter incapacity, as sinners infinitely indebted to Divine justice, of paying one mite out of the talent.

1 Chronicles 29:7 And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents...

Ezra 9:6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head...

Psalm 38:4 For my iniquities are gone over my head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have taken hold on me, so that I am not able to look up...

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand...

talents. 'A talent is

750 ounces of silver, which after five shillings the ounce is



May 31. "Whosoever Therefore Shall Humble Himself as this Little Child" (Matt. xviii. 4).
"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
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Forgiven and Unforgiving
'Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.' --MATT. xviii. 22. The disciples had been squabbling about pre-eminence in the kingdom which they thought was presently to appear. They had ventured to refer their selfish and ambitious dispute to Christ's arbitrament. He answered by telling them the qualifications of 'the greatest in the kingdom'--that they are to be humble like little children; that they are to be placable; that they are to use all means
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Wicked Servant
ST. MATTHEW xviii. 23. The kingdom of heaven is likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants. This parable, which you heard in the Gospel for this day, you all know. And I doubt not that all you who know it, understand it well enough. It is so human and so humane; it is told with such simplicity, and yet with such force and brilliancy that--if one dare praise our Lord's words as we praise the words of men--all must see its meaning at once, though it speaks of a state of
Charles Kingsley—The Water of Life and Other Sermons

Meetings for Prayer.
Text.--"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."--Matthew xviii. 19. HITHERTO, in treating of the subject of Prayer, I have confined my remarks to secret prayer. I am now to speak of social prayer, or prayer offered in company, where two or more are united in praying. Such meetings have been common from the time of Christ, and even hundreds of years before. And it is probable
Charles Grandison Finney—Lectures on Revivals of Religion

Cross References
1 Chronicles 29:7
They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron.

Matthew 18:23
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

Matthew 18:25
Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

Matthew 25:15
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

Matthew 25:16
The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.

Matthew 25:20
The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.'

Matthew 25:22
"The man with two bags of gold also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.'

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