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Matthew: 18

The Greatest in the Kingdom  Mt.18.1-5 (Capernaum)[ Mt.18.1-5 → ] - Mk.9.33-37, Lk.9.46-48

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?' 2He called a child, set him in front of them, 3and said, 'I tell you this: unless you turn round and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. 4Let a man humble himself till he is like this child, and he will be the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.

Temptations to Sin  Mt.18.5-9 (Capernaum)[ Mt.18.5-9 → ] - Mk.9.42-48, Lk.17.1-2

5Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me. 6But if a man is a cause of stumbling to one of these little ones who have faith in me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung round his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7Alas for the world that such causes of stumbling arise! Come they must, but woe betide the man through whom they come!

8'If your hand or your foot is your undoing, cut it off and fling it away; it is better for you to enter into life maimed or lame, than to keep two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9If it is your eye that is your undoing, tear it out and fling it away; it is better to enter into life with one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into the fires of hell.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep  Mt.18.10-14 (Capernaum)[ Mt.18.10-14 → ] - Lk.15.3-7

10'Never despise one of these little ones; I tell you, they have their guardian angels in heaven, who look continually on the face of my heavenly Father. 11[Some witnesses add: For the Son of Man came to save the lost.]

12'What do you think? Suppose a man has a hundred sheep. If one of them strays, does he not leave the other ninety-nine on the hill-side and go in search of the one that strayed? 13And if he should find it, I tell you this: he is more delighted over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that never strayed. 14In the same way, it is not your heavenly Father's will that one of these little ones should be lost.

A Brother who Sins  Mt.18.15-20[ Mt.18.15-20 → ] - Lk.17.3

15'If your brother commits a sin, [Some witnesses insert: against you.] go and take the matter up with him, strictly between yourselves, and if he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16 [ Dt.19.15. ] If he will not listen, take one or two others with you, so that all facts may be duly established on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, report the matter to the congregation; and if he will not listen even to the congregation, you must then treat him as you would a pagan or a tax-gatherer.

18'I tell you this: whatever you forbid on earth shall be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you allow on earth shall be allowed in heaven.

19'Again I tell you this: if two of you agree on earth about any request you have to make, that request will be granted by my heavenly Father. 20For where two or three have met together in my name, I am there among them.'

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant  Mt.18.21-35 (Capernaum)

21Then Peter came up and asked him, 'Lord, how often am I to forgive my brother if he goes on wronging me? As many as seven times?' 22Jesus replied, 'I do not say seven times; I say seventy times seven. [Or: seventy-seven times.]

23'The kingdom of Heaven, therefore, should be thought of in this way: There was once a king who decided to settle accounts with the men who served him. 24At the outset there appeared before him a man whose debt ran into millions. [Literally: who owed 10,000 talents.] 25Since he had no means of paying, his master ordered him to be sold to meet the debt, with his wife, his children, and everything he had. 26The man fell prostrate at his master's feet. "Be patient with me," he said, "and I will pay in full"; 27and the master was so moved with pity that he let the man go and remitted the debt. 28But no sooner had the man gone out than he met a fellow-servant who owed him a few pounds; [Literally: owed him 100 denarii.] and catching hold of him he gripped him by the throat and said, "Pay me what you owe." 29The man fell at his fellow-servant's feet, and begged him, "Be patient with me, and I will pay you"; 30but he refused, and had him jailed until he should pay the debt. 31The other servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and told him the whole story. 32He accordingly sent for the man. "You scoundrel!" he said to him, 33"I remitted the whole of your debt when you appealed to me; were you not bound to show your fellow-servant the same pity as I showed to you?" 34And so angry was the master that he condemned the man to torture until he should pay the debt in full. 35And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you, unless you each forgive your brother from your hearts.'


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