Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 18]




     {Mar 9:33-50 & Mat 18:1-14 & Luk 9:46-50 Sept. 29 AD.}



     18:1 The disciples came to Jesus in that hour, saying, Who then is greater in the kingdom of the heavens?



     18:2 And Jesus, having called to him a child, stood it in the midst of them, 18:3 and said, Assuredly I am saying to youĎ, If youĎ do not turn and become like little children, youĎ may never* enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 18:4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child, this one is the greater one in the kingdom of the heavens. 18:5And whoever accepts one such child in my name, accepts me. 18:6But whoever offends one of these little ones who believes in me, it is moreadvantageous for him that* a millstone, the ones rotated by a donkey, should be hung at his neck, and that* he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.



     18:7Woe to the world from the coming offenses! For* it is a necessity for the offenses to come; however, woe to that man through whom the offense comes! 18:8Now if your hand or your foot is offending you, cut both of them off and cast them from you. It is good for you to enter into life lame or crippled, rather than to be cast into the everlasting fire, having two hands or two feet. 18:9And if your eye is offending you, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is good for you to enter into life one-eyed, rather than having two eyes, and to be cast into the hell of fire.



     18:10SeeĎ that youĎ do not despise one of these little ones; for* I say to youĎ, that in the heavens their messengers are always looking at the face of my Father who is in the heavens. 18:11For* the Son of Man came to save what has been lost.



     {Similar: Mat 18:12-14, Luk 15:3-7}



     18:12What are youĎ thinking? If there should happen to be any man who has a hundred sheep, and one out of them might be misled, does he not leave the ninety nine and travel on the mountains, and seek the one which is misled? 18:13And if he happens to find it, assuredly I am saying to youĎ, He rejoices over it more than over the ninety nine which have not been misled. 18:14So it is also not the will before yourĎ Father who is in the heavens, that* one of these little ones should perish.




     {Mat 18:15-35; no parallel.}



     18:15Now if your brother sins against{Greek: at or toward} you, go and reprove him, the sin isbetween you and him only; if he hears you, you have gained your brother. 18:16But if he does not hear you, take with you one or two more, in order that, 'at the mouth of two or three witnesses every declaration should be established.' {Deu 19:15}18:17But if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the congregation*, and if he also refuses to hear the congregation*, let him be just-like the Gentile and the tax collector to you.



     18:18 Assuredly, I am saying to youĎ again, As many things as youĎ may bind upon the earth will have already been bound in heaven, and as many things as youĎ may loose upon earth will havealready been loosed in heaven. 18:19Assuredly I say to youĎ again, that if two of youĎ agree together upon the earth concerning any matter, whatever they ask, it will happen for them from my Fatherwho is in the heavens. 18:20For* where two or three have been gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.




     18:21 Then Peter came near to him and said, Lord, how-often will my brother sin against {Greek: at or toward}me and I forgive him? Until seven-times?



     18:22 Jesus says to him, I do not say to you, Until seven times, but, until seventy-times seven-times.18:23 Because of this, the kingdom of the heavens has been similar to a certain king who wished to settle the account with his bondservants. 18:24Now having begun to settle the account, one man was brought to him, a debtor of ten-thousand silver talants{$10 billion total}. 18:25But he did not haveanything to repay him with, so his lord commanded him and his wife and children and all things, as many things as he was holding, to be sold* and the money to be repaid to him.



     18:26 Therefore the bondservant falling down, was worshiping him, saying, Lord, have patience upon me, and I will be repaying all of it to you. 18:27But the lord of that bondservant, having compassion on him, released him and forgave him the loan.



     18:28But that bondservant went out and found one of his fellow bondservants who owed him a hundred denarii, and he took-hold of him, and was choking him, saying, Repay if you are owing me anything.



     18:29 Therefore his fellow bondservant, falling down at his feet, was pleading with him, saying, Have patience upon me and I will be repaying you. 18:30But he did not wish to, but went and cast him into prison, until he should repay what is owed. 18:31But his fellow bondservants, having seen the things which had happened, were extremely sorrowful. And they came to their own lord, and they told all the things which had happened.



     18:32Then his lord called him, and says to him, You evil bondservant, I forgave you all that debt, since you pleaded with me. 18:33It was essential for you to have shown-mercy also on your fellow bondservant, like I also had shown-mercy to you. 18:34And his lord, was angry and gave him to the torturers until he should repay everything which is owed to him. 18:35So my heavenly Father will also be doing to youĎ, if each of youĎ does not forgive his brother his trespasses from yourĎ hearts.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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