Chapter 18Matthew


1 In that :hour came the disciples to :Jesus, saying, Who then is greater in the kingdom of the heavens? 2 And he called to him a little child, and set it in their midst, 3 and said, Amen I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as the little children, ye shall in nowise enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 4 Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little :child, the same is the greater in the kingdom of the heavens. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my :name receiveth me: 6 but whoso shall stumble one of these :little ones believing unto me, it is profitable for him that a great millstone be hanged about his :neck, and he be sunk in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the stumblings: for the stumblings must needs come; but woe to the man through whom the stumbling cometh! 8 And if thy :hand or thy :foot stumbleth thee cut it off and cast from thee: it is good for thee to enter into the life maimed or lame, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal :fire. 9 And if thine :eye stumbleth thee, pluck it out, and cast from thee: it is good for thee to enter into the life one-eyed rather than having two eyes to be cast into the geenna of :fire. 10 See ye despise not one of these :little ones: for I say unto you, that their :angels in the heavens see at all times the face of my :Father who is in the heavens. 12 How think ye? if any man come to have a hundred sheep, and one of them go astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains, and go and seek that which goeth astray? 13 And if he come to find it, Amen I say unto you that he rejoiceth over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 14 Thus it is not a thing willed before my :Father who is in the heavens that one of these :little ones perish. 15 And if thy :brother sin, go, reprove him between thee and him alone: if he hear thee, thou hast gained thy :brother. 16 But if he hear not, take with thee one or two more, that at the mouth of two witnesses or three every word stand. 17 And if he refuse to hear them, tell the church: and if he refuse to hear the church also, let him be to thee as the Gentile and the publican. 18 Amen I say unto you, What things soever ye shall bind on :earth shall be bound in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose on :earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, Amen, I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on :earth as touching †any thing they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my :Father who is in the heavens. 20 For where two or three are gathered unto my :name, there am I in their midst.

21 Then came :Peter and said to him, Lord, how often shall my :brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times? 22 :Jesus saith to him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times and seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of the heavens likened unto a man, a king, who would make a reckoning with his :bondmen. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him, debtor for ten thousand †talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not wherewith to pay, the lord commanded him to be sold, and his :wife, and :children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The bondman therefore fell down and worshiped him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 And the lord of that :bondman, moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan. 28 But that :bondman went out, and found one of his :fellow-bondmen who owed him a hundred shillings: and he laid hold on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay if thou owest aught. 29 His :fellow-bondman therefore fell down and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay what was due. 31 His :fellow-bondmen therefore saw what was done and were exceeding sorry, and came and told to their :lord all that was done. 32 Then his :lord called him to him, and saith to him, Wicked servant, I forgave thee all that :debt, since thou besoughtest me: 33 shouldest not thou also have had mercy on thy :fellow-bondman, as I had mercy on thee? 34 And his :lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due. 35 Thus also shall my :heavenly :Father do to you, if ye forgive not each his :brother from your :hearts.