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Matthew 18

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Who Is the Greatest?
(Mark 9.33-37; Luke 9.46-48)
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1 About this time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
18.1 Lk 22.24.
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1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 Jesus called a child over and had the child stand near him. 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 Then he said:
18.3 Mk 10.15; Lk 18.17.
I promise you this. If you don't change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
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 But if you are as humble as this child, you are the greatest in 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 when you welcome one of these children because of me, you welcome me. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Temptations To Sin
(Mark 9.42-48; Luke 17.1,2)
6 It will be terrible for people who cause even one of my little followers to sin. Those people would be better off thrown into the deepest part of the ocean with a heavy stone tied around their necks!
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.
7 The world is in for trouble because of the way it causes people to sin. There will always be something to cause people to sin, but anyone who does this will be in for trouble.
7 Woe 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 If your hand or foot causes you to sin, chop it off and throw it away! You would be better off to go into life crippled or lame than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the fire that never goes out.
18.8 Mt 5.30.
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 If your eye causes you to sin, poke it out and get rid of it. You would be better off to go into life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fires of hell.
18.9 Mt 5.29.
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.
The Lost Sheep
(Luke 15.3-7)
10-11 Don't be cruel to any of these little ones! I promise you that their angels are always with my Father in heaven.
l 18.10,11 in heaven: Some manuscripts add, “The Son of Man came to save people who are lost.”
18.10,11 Tb 12.15; Lk 19.10.
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.
12 Let me ask you this. What would you do if you had a hundred sheep and one of them wandered off? Wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go look for the one that had wandered away? 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 I am sure that finding it would make you happier than having the ninety-nine that never wandered off. 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 That's how it is with your Father in heaven. He doesn't want any of these little ones to be lost. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
When Someone Sins
(Luke 17.3)
15 If one of my followers
m 18.15 followers: The Greek text has “brother,” which is used here and elsewhere in this chapter to refer to a follower of Christ.
sins against you, go and point out what was wrong. But do it in private, just between the two of you. If that person listens, you have won back a follower.
18.15 Lk 17.3.
15 Moreover 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 that one refuses to listen, take along one or two others. The Scriptures teach that every complaint must be proven true by two or more witnesses.
18.16 Dt 19.15.
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 If the follower refuses to listen to them, report the matter to the church. Anyone who refuses to listen to the church must be treated like an unbeliever or a tax collector.
n 18.17 tax collector: See the note at 5.46.
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.
Allowing and Not Allowing
18 I promise you that God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth, but he will not allow anything you don't allow.
18.18 Mt 16.19; Jn 20.23.
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 I promise that when any two of you on earth agree about something you are praying for, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 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 Whenever two or three of you come together in my name,
o 18.20 in my name: Or “as my followers.”
I am there with you.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
An Official Who Refused To Forgive
21 Peter came up to the Lord and asked, “How many times should I forgive someone
p 18.21 someone: Or “a follower.” See the note at 18.15.
who does something wrong to me? Is seven times enough?”
18.21,22 Lk 17.3,4.
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 answered:
18.22 Gn 4.24.
Not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!
q 18.22 seventy-seven times: Or “seventy times seven.” The large number means that one follower should never stop forgiving another.
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 This story will show you what the kingdom of heaven is like:
One day a king decided to call in his officials and ask them to give an account of what they owed him.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 As he was doing this, one official was brought in who owed him fifty million silver coins. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
talents: a talent is ounces of silver, at a hundred and eleven cents the ounce
25 But he didn't have any money to pay what he owed. The king ordered him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all he owned, in order to pay the debt. 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 official got down on his knees and began begging, “Have pity on me, and I will pay you every cent I owe!”
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
worshipped him: or, besought him
27 The king felt sorry for him and let him go free. He even told the official that he did not have to pay back the money. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 As the official was leaving, he happened to meet another official, who owed him a hundred silver coins. So he grabbed the man by the throat. He started choking him and said, “Pay me what you owe!”
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.
pence: the Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is seven pence halfpenny; about fourteen cents
29 The man got down on his knees and began begging, “Have pity on me, and I will pay you back.”
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 But the first official refused to have pity. Instead, he went and had the other official put in jail until he could pay what he owed. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 When some other officials found out what had happened, they felt sorry for the man who had been put in jail. Then they told the king what had happened.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 The king called the first official back in and said, “You're an evil man! When you begged for mercy, I said you did not have to pay back a cent. 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 Don't you think you should show pity to someone else, as I did to you?” 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 The king was so angry that he ordered the official to be tortured until he could pay back everything he owed. 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 That is how my Father in heaven will treat you, if you don't forgive each of my followers with all your heart. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

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