“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.’ And the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.” – Genesis 4:15 (NRSV)
“If Cain is avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold.” – Genesis 4:24 (NRSV)
“Τότε προσελθὼν ὁ Πέτρος εἶπεν αὐτῷ κύριε, ποσάκις ἁμαρτήσει εἰς ἐμὲ ὁ ἀδελφός μου καὶ ἀφήσω αὐτῷ; ἕως ἑπτάκις; λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς οὐ λέγω σοι ἕως ἑπτάκις ἀλλ’ ἕως ἑβδομηκοντάκις ἑπτά.” – Κατα Μαθθαιον 18:21-22 (Nestle-Aland)
“Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.'” – Matthew 18:21-22 (NRSV)
“καὶ ἐὰν ἑπτάκις τῆς ἡμέρας ἁμαρτήσῃ εἰς σὲ καὶ ἑπτάκις ἐπιστρέψῃ πρὸς σὲ λέγων μετανοῶ, ἀφήσεις αὐτῷ.” – Κατα Λοφυκαν 17:4 (Nestle-Aland)
“And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” – Luke 17:4 (NRSV)
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