Matthew 18

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

2 And Jesus, having called to him a child, stood it in the midst of them, 3 and said, Assuredly I am saying to you*, If you* do not turn and become like little children, you* may never* enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child, this one is the greater one in the kingdom of the heavens. 5 And whoever accepts one such child in my name, accepts me. 6 But whoever offends one of these little ones who believes in me, it is more advantageous 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. 7 Woe 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! 8 Now if your, your* hand or your, 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. 9 And if your, 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.

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



{Similar: Mt 18: 12-14, Lk 15: 3-7}

12 What are you* 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? 13 And if he happens to find it, assuredly I am saying to you*, He rejoices over it more than over the ninety nine which have not been misled. 14 So it is also not the will before your, your* Father who is in the heavens, that* one of these little ones should perish.



{Mt 18: 15-35; no parallel. }

15 Now if your, your* brother sins against {Greek: toward} you, go and reprove him, the sin is between you and him only; if he hears you, you have gained your, your* brother. 16 But 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} 17 But 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 Assuredly, I am saying to you* again, As many things as you* may bind upon the earth will have already been bound in heaven, and as many things as you* may loose upon earth will have already been loosed in heaven. 19 Assuredly I say to you* again, that if two of you* agree together upon the earth concerning any matter, whatever they ask, it will happen for them from my Father who is in the heavens. 20 For* where two or three have been gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.

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

22 Jesus says to him, I do not say to you, Until seven times, but, until seventy, times seven, times. 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. 24 Now having begun to settle the account, one man was brought to him, a debtor of ten, thousand silver talants {*10 billion total} . 25 But he did not have anything 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.

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. 27 But the lord of that bondservant, having compassion on him, released him and forgave him the loan.

28 But 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.

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. 30 But he did not wish to, but went and cast him into prison, until he should repay what is owed. 31 But 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.

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



{Mk 10: 1-12 & Mt 19: 1-12. }



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