Matthew 18

Who Is the Greatest?

1 a  At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, Truly, I say to you, unless you b  turn and c  become like children, you d  will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 e  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the f  greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 g  Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6but h  whoever causes one of these i  little ones who believe in me to sin
Greek  causes . . . to stumble; also verses 8, 9
it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Temptations to Sin

7Woe to the world for k  temptations to sin!
Greek stumbling blocks
m  For it is necessary that temptations come n  but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!
8 o  And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into p  the eternal fire. 9 q  And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the r  hell
Greek Gehenna
of fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10See that you do not despise t  one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven u  their angels always v  see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Some manuscripts add verse 11: For the Son of Man came to save the lost
12 x  What do you think? y  If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So z  it is not the will of my
Some manuscripts your
Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15 ab  If your brother sins against you ac  go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have ad  gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established ae  by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them af  tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church ag  let him be to you as ah  a Gentile and ai  a tax collector. 18Truly, I say to you aj  whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed
Or  shall have been bound . . . shall have been loosed
in heaven.
19Again I say to you, if two of you al  agree on earth about anything they ask am  it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are an  gathered in my name ao  there am I among them.”

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often ap  will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? aq  As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished ar  to settle accounts with his servants.
Greek bondservants; also verses 28, 31
24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him at  ten thousand au  talents.
A  talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer
25 aw  And since he could not pay, his master ordered him ax  to be sold, with his wife and ay  children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servant
Greek bondservant; also verses 27, 28, 29, 32, 33
ba  fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’
27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and bb  forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred bc  denarii
A  denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’
29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 be  And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 bf  And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers
Greek torturers
bh  until he should pay all his debt.
35 bi  So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother bj  from your heart.”

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