The Question About Who Is GreatestAt that time the disciples came up to Jesus, saying, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling a child to himself, he had him stand in their midst 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become like young children, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven! 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child, this person is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, 5 and whoever welcomes one child such as this in my name welcomes me. 6 But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him that ˻a large millstone˼ ▼
▼ Literally “a millstone of a donkey”be hung on ▼
▼ Some manuscripts have “around”his neck and he be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of causes for stumbling, for it is a necessity that causes for stumbling come; nevertheless, woe to the person through whom the cause for stumbling comes. 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it ▼ from you! It is better for you to enter into life crippled or lame than, having two hands or two feet, to be thrown into the eternal fire! 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it ▼ from you! It is better for you to enter into life one-eyed than, having two eyes, to be thrown into fiery hell!
The Parable of the Lost Sheep“See to it that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven constantly see the face of my Father who is in heaven. ▼
▼ Many later Greek manuscripts include vs. 11, “For the Son of Man came to save those who are lost.”12 What do you think? If ˻a certain man has˼ ▼
▼ Literally “there are to a certain man”a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“go”) has been translated as a finite verblook for the one that wandered away? 13 And if he happens to find it, truly I say to you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not wander away. 14 In the same way it is not the will ˻of˼ ▼
▼ Literally “in the presence of”your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
Confronting a Brother Who Sins Against You“Now if your brother sins against you, go correct him between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take with you in addition one or two others, so that by ˻the testimony˼ ▼
▼ Literally “the mouth”of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 17 And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it ▼ to the church. But if he refuses to listen to the church also, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
18 “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven. 19 Again, truly I say to you that if two of you agree on earth about any matter that they ask, it will be done for them from my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them.”
The Parable of the Unforgiving SlaveThen Peter came up to him and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“came up”) has been translated as a finite verbsaid, ▼
▼ Some manuscripts have “Then Peter came up and said to him”“Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I will forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven! ▼
▼ Or “seventy-seven times”
23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man—a king—who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 And when ▼
▼ Here “ when” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“began”)he began to settle them, ▼ someone was brought to him who owed ten thousand talents. 25 And because ▼
▼ Here “ because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“have”) which is understood as causalhe did not have enough ▼ to repay it, ▼ the master ordered him to be sold, and his ▼
▼ Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronounwife and his ▼
▼ Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronounchildren and everything that he had, and to be repaid. 26 Then the slave threw himself to the ground and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“threw himself to the ground”) has been translated as a finite verbbegan to do obeisance to him, saying, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay back everything to you!’ 27 So the master of that slave, because he ▼
▼ Here “ because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“had compassion”) which is understood as causalhad compassion, released him and forgave him the loan. 28 But that slave went out and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“went out”) has been translated as a finite verbfound one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii, and taking hold of him, he began to choke him, ▼ saying, ‘Pay back everything that you owe!’ 29 Then his fellow slave threw himself to the ground and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“threw himself to the ground”) has been translated as a finite verbbegan to implore ▼
▼ The imperfect tense has been translated as ingressive here (“began to implore”)him, saying, ‘Be patient with me and I will repay you!’ 30 But he did not want to, but rather he went and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“went”) has been translated as a finite verbthrew him into prison until he would repay what was owed. 31 So when ▼
▼ Here “ when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporalhis fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were extremely distressed, and went and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“went”) has been translated as a finite verbreported to their master everything that had happened. 32 Then his master summoned him and ▼
▼ Here “ and” is supplied because the previous participle (“summoned”) has been translated as a finite verbsaid to him, ‘Wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you implored me! 33 Should you not also have shown mercy to your fellow slave as I also showed mercy to you?’ 34 And because he ▼
▼ Here “ because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was angry”) which is understood as causalwas angry, his master handed him over to the merciless jailers ▼
▼ Or “torturers”until he would repay everything that was owed. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from your hearts!”
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