Matthew 18

Disciples Ask Who is the Greatest

(1) At the same time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

(2) And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

(3) and said, "Truly I say to you, Unless YOU are converted, and become as little children, YOU shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

(4) Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(5) Whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

(6) But whoever shall cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Avoid Offences

(7) Woe to the world because of offences! For offences must come, but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!

(8) Therefore if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut them off, and cast them from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

(9) And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Parable of the Lost Sheep

(10) Take heed that YOU do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, That in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.

(11) For the Son of man has come to save that which was lost.

(12) What do YOU think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them gones astray, does he not leave the 99, and go into the mountains, and seek that which is gone astray?

(13) And if he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more for that sheep, than for the 99 which did not go astray.

(14) Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

How to Deal with Brethren that Offend Us

(15) Now if your brother shall sin against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he shall hear you, you have gained your brother.

(16) But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

(17) If he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church, and if he refuses to hear the church, let him be to you as a heathen man and a tax collector.

(18) Truly I say to you, Whatever YOU shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever YOU shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

(19) Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.

(20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

How Often We Should Forgive

(21) Then Peter came to him, and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?"

(22) Jesus said to him, "I say to you, not until seven times, but, Until seventy times seven.

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

(23) Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who would settle the accounts with his servants.

(24) And when he had begun to settle the accounts, one was brought to him, who owed him 10,000 talents.

(25) But seeing he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

(26) The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'

(27) Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and released him, and forgave his debt.

(28) But that same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him 100 pence, and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe.'

(29) So his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'

(30) And he would not, but went and threw him in prison, until he would pay the debt.

(31) So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very grieved, and went and told their lord all that was done.

Punishment of Him who Showed no Mercy

(32) Then his lord called him, and after that he said to him, 'O you wicked servant; I forgave all your debt, because you begged me.

(33) Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you?

(34) And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the torturers, until he would pay all that was due to him.

(35) So likewise my heavenly Father shall also do to you, if YOU from your hearts do not forgive your brother their trespasses."

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