Sirach 28:2

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

1 The vengeful will face the Lord's vengeance, for he keeps a strict account of their sins. 2 Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. 3 Does anyone harbor anger against another, and expect healing from the Lord? 4 If one has no mercy toward another like himself, can he then seek pardon for his own sins? 5 If a mere mortal harbors wrath, who will make an atoning sacrifice for his sins? Source

Date: 195-175 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Matthew 6:12

New Testament

6 But whenever you pray, go into your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 7 When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 So pray this way: “Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored, 10 may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 14 “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins. Source

Date: 70-90 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Mbabazi, Isaac Kahwa The Jewish Background to Interperonal Forgiveness in Matthew (pp. 15-34) Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology 30.1, 2011

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Mbabazi, Isaac Kahwa The Jewish Background to Interperonal Forgiveness in Matthew (pp. 15-34) Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology 30.1, 2011

* The use of references are not endorsements of their contents. Please read the entirety of the provided reference(s) to understand the author's full intentions regarding the use of these texts.