Matthew 18

1In that hour, the disciples drew near to Jesus, saying, “Whom do you consider to be greater in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And Jesus, calling to himself a little child, placed him in their midst. 3And he said: “Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever will have humbled himself like this little child, such a one is greater in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever shall accept one such little child in my name, accepts me. 6But whoever will have led astray one of these little ones, who trust in me, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be submerged in the depths of the sea. 7Woe to a world that leads people astray! Although it is necessary for temptations to arise, nevertheless: Woe to that man through whom temptation arises! 8So if your hand or your foot leads you to sin, cut it off and cast it away from you. It is better for you to enter into life disabled or lame, than to be sent into eternal fire having two hands or two feet. 9And if your eye leads you to sin, root it out and cast it away from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, than to be sent into the fires of Hell having two eyes. 10See to it that you do not despise even one of these little ones. For I say to you, that their Angels in heaven continually look upon the face of my Father, who is in heaven. 11For the Son of man has come to save what had been lost. 12How does it seem to you? If someone has one hundred sheep, and if one of them has gone astray, should he not leave behind the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go out to seek what has gone astray? 13And if he should happen to find it: Amen I say to you, that he has more joy over that one, than over the ninety-nine which did not go astray. 14Even so, it is not the will before your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should be lost. 15But if your brother has sinned against you, go and correct him, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you will have regained your brother. 16But if he will not listen you, invite with you one or two more, so that every word may stand by the mouth of two or three witnesses. 17And if he will not listen to them, tell the Church. But if he will not listen to the Church, let him be to you like the pagan and the tax collector. 18Amen I say to you, whatever you will have bound on earth, shall be bound also in heaven, and whatever you will have released on earth, shall be released also in heaven. 19Again I say to you, that if two of those among you have agreed on earth, about anything whatsoever that they have requested, it shall be done for them by my Father, who is in heaven. 20For wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I, in their midst.” 21Then Peter, drawing near to him, said: “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Even seven times?” 22Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you, even seven times, but even seventy times seven times. 23Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who was king, who wanted to take account of his servants. 24And when he had begun taking account, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25But since he did not have any way to repay it, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children, and all that he had, in order to repay it. 26But that servant, falling prostrate, begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’ 27Then the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, released him, and he forgave his debt. 28But when that servant departed, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarius. And taking hold of him, he choked him, saying: ‘Repay what you owe.’ 29And his fellow servant, falling prostrate, petitioned him, saying: ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’ 30But he was not willing. Instead, he went out and had him sent to prison, until he would repay the debt. 31Now his fellow servants, seeing what was done, were greatly saddened, and they went and reported to their lord all that was done. 32Then his lord called him, and he said to him: ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you all your debt, because you pleaded with me. 33Therefore, should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I also had compassion on you?’ 34And his lord, being angry, handed him over to the torturers, until he repaid the entire debt. 35So, too, shall my heavenly Father do to you, if each one of you will not forgive his brother from your hearts.”
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