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Rank in the Kingdom

1 aAt that Itime the disciples came to Jesus and said, “bWho then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him Ibefore them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you Iare converted and abecome like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but awhoever bcauses one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it Iwould be better for him to have a IIheavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

[1] ILit hour aMt 18:1-5: Mk 9:33-37; Lk 9:46-48 bLk 22:24
[2] ILit in their midst
[3] ILit are turned aMt 19:14; Mk 10:15; Lk 18:17; 1Co 14:20; 1P 2:2
[6] ILit is better IILit millstone turned by a donkey aMk 9:42; Lk 17:2; 1Co 8:12 bMt 17:27

Stumbling Blocks

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

[7] aLk 17:1; 1Co 11:19; 1Ti 4:1

8aIf 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 Ito have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. 9 aIf 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 Ito have two eyes and be cast into the IIbfiery hell.

[8] ILit having; Gr part. aMt 5:30; Mk 9:43
[9] ILit having; Gr part. IILit Gehenna of fire aMt 5:29; Mk 9:47 bMt 5:22

10“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that atheir angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 [[IaFor the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]]

[10] aLk 1:19; Ac 12:15; Rv 8:2
[11] IEarly mss do not contain this v aLk 19:10

Ninety-nine Plus One

12“What do you think? aIf 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? 13 If 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. 14 So it is not [the] will Iof your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

[12] aMt 18:12-14: Lk 15:4-7
[14] ILit before

Discipline and Prayer

15aIf your brother sinsI, go and IIshow him his fault IIIin private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he does not listen [to you], take one or two more with you, so that aBY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY IFACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, atell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, blet him be to you as Ia Gentile and Ia tax collector. 18 Truly I say to you, awhatever you Ibind on earth IIshall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you IIIloose on earth IIshall have been loosed in heaven.

[15] ILate mss add against you IIOr reprove IIILit between you and him alone aLv 19:17; Lk 17:3; Ga 6:1; 2Th 3:15; Jm 5:19
[16] ILit word aDt 19:15; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28
[17] ILit the a1Co 6:1ff b2Th 3:6, 14f
[18] IOr forbid IIGr fut. pft. pass. IIIOr permit aMt 16:19; Jn 20:23

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

[19] ILit from aMt 7:7
[20] aMt 28:20

Forgiveness

21 ¶ Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, ahow often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to bseven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to aseventy times seven.

[21] aMt 18:15 bLk 17:4
[22] aGn 4:24

23“For this reason athe kingdom of heaven Imay be compared to a king who wished to bsettle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he had begun to settle [them], one who owed him Iten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 But since he Iadid not have [the means] to repay, his lord commanded him bto be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 So the slave fell [to the ground] and aprostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and aforgave him the Idebt. 28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred Idenarii; and he seized him and [began] to choke [him], saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow slave fell [to the ground] and [began] to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30 But he was unwilling Iand went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31 So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32 Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 aShould you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34 And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 aMy heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from Iyour heart.”

[23] ILit was compared to aMt 13:24 bMt 25:19
[24] IA talent was worth more than fifteen years’ wages of a laborer
[25] IOr was unable to aLk 7:42 bEx 21:2; Lv 25:39; 2K 4:1; Ne 5:5
[26] aMt 8:2
[27] IOr loan aLk 7:42
[28] IThe denarius was a day’s wages
[30] ILit but
[33] aMt 6:12; Ep 4:32
[35] ILit your hearts aMt 6:14


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Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:

1 ¶ At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

[1] Mt 3:2; 5:19; 7:21; 20:20; 23:11; Mk 9:33, 34; 10:14, 35; Lk 9:46; 22:24; Ro 12:10; Php 2:3.
[2] 1K 3:7; Jr 1:7; Mt 19:13; Mk 9:36.
[3] Ps 51:10; 131:2; Is 6:10; Mt 5:18, 20; 6:2, 5, 16; 13:15; 19:23; Mk 4:12; 10:14; Lk 13:24; 18:16; 22:32; Jn 1:51; 3:3, 5; Ac 3:19; 14:22; 28:27; 1Co 14:20; Jm 5:19; 1P 2:2; 2P 1:11.
[4] Ps 131:1; Is 57:15; Mt 18:1; 20:26; 23:11; Mk 10:43; Lk 9:48; 14:11; Jm 4:10; 1P 5:5.
[5] Mt 10:40; 25:40, 45; Mk 9:37, 41; Lk 9:48; 17:1; Jn 13:20; Ga 4:14.
[6] Ps 105:15; Zc 2:8; 13:7; Mt 18:10, 14; Mk 9:42; Lk 17:1, 2; Ac 9:5; Ro 14:13, 21; 15:1; 1Co 8:9; 10:32; 2Th 1:6.

to avoid offences, and not to despise the little ones:

7Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast [them] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that [sheep], than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

[7] Gn 13:7; 1S 2:17, 22; 2S 12:14; Mt 13:41; 23:13; 26:24; Mk 13:7; Lk 17:1; Jn 17:12; Ac 1:16, 18; Ro 2:23; 1Co 11:19; 2Th 2:3; 1Ti 4:1; 5:14; 6:1; 2Ti 3:1; 4:3; Tit 2:5, 8; 2P 2:2, 3, 15; Jde 1:4, 11; Rv 2:14, 20; 19:20.
[8] Dt 13:6; Is 2:20; 30:22; 33:14; Ezk 18:31; Mt 5:29; 14:3; 15:30; 25:41, 46; Mk 9:43, 48; Lk 14:26, 33; 16:24; 18:22; Ro 13:12; Php 3:8; 2Th 1:8; Rv 14:10; 20:15; 21:8.
[9] Mt 16:26; 19:17, 23; Lk 9:24; Ac 14:22; He 4:11; Rv 21:27.
[10] Gn 32:1; 2S 14:28; 1K 22:19; 2K 6:16; Es 1:14; Ps 15:4; 17:15; 34:7; 91:11; Zc 4:10; 13:7; Mt 1:20; 2:13, 19; 12:20; 18:6, 14; 24:31; Lk 1:19; 10:16; 16:22; Ac 5:19; 10:3; 12:7, 23; 27:23; Ro 14:1, 10, 13, 21; 15:1; 1Co 8:8; 9:22; 11:22; 16:11; 2Co 10:1, 10; Ga 4:13; 6:1; 1Th 4:8; 1Ti 4:12; He 1:14.
[11] Mt 9:12; 10:6; 15:24; Lk 9:56; 15:24, 32; 19:10; Jn 3:17; 10:10; 12:47; 1Ti 1:15.
[12] 1K 21:17; Ps 119:176; Is 53:6; Jr 50:6; Ezk 34:6, 12, 16, 28; Mt 12:11; 21:28; 22:42; Lk 15:4; Jn 10:11; 1Co 10:15; 1P 2:25.
[13] Ps 147:11; Is 53:11; 62:5; Jr 32:37; Mi 7:18; Zp 3:17; Lk 15:5, 23; Jn 4:34; Jm 2:13.
[14] Is 40:11; Zc 13:7; Mt 5:16; 6:9, 32; Lk 12:32; Jn 6:39; 10:27; 17:12; 21:15; Ro 8:28; 1Co 8:11; Ep 1:5; 2Ti 2:10; He 12:13; 1P 1:3; 2P 3:9.

teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:

15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

[15] Lv 6:2; 19:17; Ps 141:5; Pv 11:30; 25:9; Mt 18:35; Lk 17:3; Ro 12:21; 1Co 6:6; 8:12; 9:19; 2Co 7:12; Col 3:13; 1Th 4:6; Jm 5:19; 1P 3:1.
[16] Nu 35:30; Dt 17:6; 19:15; 1K 21:13; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28; 1Jn 5:7; Rv 11:3.
[17] Ezr 6:21; Ezk 11:12; Mt 5:46; 6:7; 11:19; 21:31; Lk 15:1; 18:11; 19:2; Ac 6:1; 15:6; Ro 16:17; 1Co 5:3, 4, 9; 6:1; 2Co 2:6; 6:14; Ep 4:17; 5:11; 2Th 3:6, 14; 1Ti 6:5; 2Jn 1:10; 3Jn 1:9.
[18] Mt 16:19; Jn 20:23; Ac 15:23; 1Co 5:4; 2Co 2:10; Rv 3:7.
[19] Mt 5:24; 21:22; Mk 11:24; Jn 14:13; 15:7, 16; 16:23; Ac 1:14; 2:1; 4:24; 6:4; 12:5; Ep 6:18; Php 1:19; Jm 5:14; 1Jn 3:22; 5:14; Rv 11:4.
[20] Gn 49:10; Ex 20:24; Zc 2:5; Mt 28:20; Jn 8:58; 20:19, 26; 1Co 5:4; 1Th 1:1; Phm 1:2; Rv 1:11; 2:1; 21:3.

and how oft to forgive them:

21 ¶ Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

[21] Mt 18:15; Lk 17:3.
[22] Is 55:7; Mi 7:19; Mt 6:11, 14; Mk 11:25; Ro 12:21; Ep 4:26, 31; 5:1; Col 3:13; 1Ti 2:8.

which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,

23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

[23] Mt 3:2; 13:24, 31, 33, 44, 47, 52; 25:1, 14, 19; Lk 16:1; 19:12; Ro 14:12; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 5:10.
[24] 1Ch 29:7; Ezr 9:6; Ps 38:4; 40:12; 130:3; Lk 7:41; 13:4; 16:5, 7.
[25] Lv 25:39; 2K 4:1; Ne 5:5, 8; Is 50:1.
[26] Mt 18:29; Lk 7:43; Ro 10:3.
[27] Jg 10:16; Ne 9:17; Ps 78:38; 86:5, 15; 145:8; Ho 11:8.
[28] Dt 15:2; Ne 5:7, 10; 10:31; Is 58:3; Ezk 45:9; Mt 20:2.
[29] Mt 6:12; 18:26; Phm 1:18.
[30] 1K 21:27; 22:27.
[31] Gn 37:2; Ps 119:136, 158; Jr 9:1; Mk 3:5; Lk 14:21; 19:41; Ro 9:1; 12:15; 2Co 11:21; He 13:3, 17.

and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.

32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

[32] Mt 25:26; Lk 19:22; Ro 3:19.
[33] Mt 5:44; Lk 6:35; Ep 4:32; 5:1; Col 3:13.
[34] Mt 5:25; Lk 12:58; 2Th 1:8; Rv 14:10.
[35] Pv 21:2, 13; Jr 3:10; Zc 7:12; Mt 6:12, 14; 7:1; Mk 11:26; Lk 6:37; 16:15; Jm 2:13; 3:14; 4:8; Rv 2:23.


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