Matthew 6:15

But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Serm. in Mont., ii, 11: Here we should not overlook that of all the petitions enjoined by the Lord, He judged that most worthy of further enforcement, which relates to forgiveness of sins, in which He would have us merciful; which is the only means of escaping misery. Enchir., 74: Whoever does not forgive him that in true sorrow seeks forgiveness, let him not suppose that his sins are by any means forgiven of the Lord. ...

Cyprian of Carthage

AD 258
Tr. vii, 16: For no excuse will abide you in the day of judgment, when you will be judged by your own sentence, and as you have dealt towards others, will be dealt with yourself.


AD 420
But if that which is written, “I said, Ye are gods, but ye shall die like men,” is said to those who for their sins deserve to become men instead of gods, then they to whom sins are forgiven are rightly called “men.”

John Chrysostom

AD 407
He mentions heaven and the Father to claim our attention, for nothing so likens you to God, as to forgive him who has injured you. And it were indeed unmeet should the son of such a Father become a slave, and should one who has aheavenly vocation live as of this earth, and of this life only.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
For if for nothing else, surely for our disrespectfulness here we are worthy to undergo the utmost punishment. For when prophets are chanting, and apostles singing hymns, and God is discoursing, we wander without, and bring in upon us a turmoil of worldly business. And we do not afford to the laws of God so great stillness, even as the spectators in the theatres to the emperor's letters, keeping silence for them. For there, when these letters are being read, deputies at once, and governors, and senate, and people, stand all upright, with quietness hearkening to the words. And if amid that most profound silence any one should suddenly leap up and cry out, he suffers the utmost punishment, as having been insolent to the emperor. But here, when the letters from heaven are being read, great is the confusion on all sides. And yet both He who sent the letters is much greater than this our king, and the assembly more venerable: for not men only, but angels too are in it; and these triumphs, o...

Rabanus Maurus

AD 856
By the word, “Amen.” He shows that without doubt the Lord will bestow all things that are rightly asked, and by those that do not fail in observing the annexed condition, “For if ye forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you your sins.”

Theophylact of Ochrid

AD 1107
God, Who is meek, hates nothing more than cruelty.

Theophylact of Ochrid

AD 1107
. God, Who is meek, hates nothing more than cruelty.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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