Matthew 18

Rank in the Kingdom

1 a  At that
Lit hour
time the disciples came to Jesus and said c  Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2And He called a child to Himself and set him
Lit in their midst
before them,
3and said, Truly I say to you, unless you
Lit are turned
are converted and f  become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
4Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6but g  whoever h  causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it
Lit is better
would be better for him to have a
Lit millstone turned by a donkey
heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Stumbling Blocks

7Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For k  it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

8 l  If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than
Lit having; Gr part.
to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire.
9 n  If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than
Lit having; Gr part.
to have two eyes and be cast into the
Lit Gehenna of fire
q  fiery hell.

10See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that r  their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11[
Early mss do not contain this v
t  For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

Ninety-nine Plus One

12What do you think? u  If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 13If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 14So it is not the will
Lit before
of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

Discipline and Prayer

15 w  If your brother sins
Late mss add against you
, go and
Or reprove
show him his fault
Lit between you and him alone
in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
16But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that aa  by the mouth of two or three witnesses every
Lit word
fact may be confirmed.
17If he refuses to listen to them, ac  tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, ad  let him be to you as
Lit the
a Gentile and
Lit the
a tax collector.
18Truly I say to you, ag  whatever you
Or forbid
bind on earth
Gr fut. pft. pass.
shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you
Or permit
loose on earth
Gr fut. pft. pass.
shall have been loosed in heaven.

19Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, al  it shall be done for them
Lit from
by My Father who is in heaven.
20For where two or three have gathered together in My name, an  I am there in their midst.”


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

23For this reason ar  the kingdom of heaven
Lit was compared to
may be compared to a king who wished to at  settle accounts with his slaves.
24When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him
A talent was worth more than fifteen years’ wages of a laborer
ten thousand talents was brought to him.
25“But since he
Or was unable to
aw  did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him ax  to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.
26So the slave fell to the ground and ay  prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and az  forgave him the
Or loan
28But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred
The denarius was a day’s wages
denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’
29So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30But he was unwilling
Lit but
and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.
31So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33bd  Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 be  My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from
Lit your hearts
your heart.”
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