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Rank in the Kingdom

1 At R657 that time F401 the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who R658 then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before F402 them, 3 and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are F403 converted and become R659 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 whoever R660 causes R661 one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would F404 be better for him to have a heavy F405 millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Stumbling Blocks

7 "Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it R662 is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

8 "If R663 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 to F406 have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. 9 "If R664 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 to F407 have two eyes and be cast into the fiery R665 F408 hell.

10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their R666 angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 ["For R667 F409 the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]

Ninety-nine Plus One

12 "What do you think? If R668 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 of F410 your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

Discipline and Prayer

15 "If R669 your brother sins, F411 go and show F412 him his fault in F413 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 BY R670 THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT F414 MAY BE CONFIRMED. 17 "If he refuses to listen to them, tell R671 it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let R672 him be to you as a F415 Gentile and a F415 tax collector. 18 "Truly I say to you, whatever R673 you bind F416 on earth shall F417 have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose F418 on earth shall F417 have been loosed in heaven.

19 "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it R674 shall be done for them by F419 My Father who is in heaven. 20 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I R675 am there in their midst."


21 Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how R676 often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven R677 times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy R678 times seven.

23 "For this reason the R679 kingdom of heaven may F420 be compared to a king who wished to settle R680 accounts with his slaves. 24 "When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten F421 thousand talents was brought to him. 25 "But since he did R681 F422 not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to R682 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 prostrated R683 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 forgave R684 him the debt. F423 28 "But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; F424 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 and F425 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 `Should R685 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 "My R686 heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your F426 heart."

F401: Lit hour
F402: Lit in their midst
F403: Lit are turned
F404: Lit is better
F405: Lit millstone turned by a donkey
F406: Lit having; Greek part.
F407: Lit having; Greek part.
F408: Lit Gehenna of fire
F409: Early mss do not contain this v
F410: Lit before
F411: Late mss add against you
F412: Or reprove
F413: Lit between you and him alone
F414: Lit word
F415: Lit the
F415: Lit the
F416: Or forbid
F417: Greek fut. pft. pass.
F418: Or permit
F417: Greek fut. pft. pass.
F419: Lit from
F420: Lit was compared to
F421: A talent was worth more than fifteen years' wages of a laborer
F422: Or was unable to
F423: Or loan
F424: The denarius was a day's wages
F425: Lit but
F426: Lit your hearts

R657: Matthew 18:1-5; {Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48}
R658: Luke 22:24
R659: Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; 1 Corinthians 14:20; 1 Peter 2:2
R660: Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2; 1 Corinthians 8:12
R661: Matthew 17:27
R662: Luke 17:1; 1 Corinthians 11:19; 1 Timothy 4:1
R663: Matthew 5:30; Mark 9:43
R664: Matthew 5:29; Mark 9:47
R665: Matthew 5:22
R666: Luke 1:19; Acts 12:15; Revelation 8:2
R667: Luke 19:10
R668: Matthew 18:12-14; {Luke 15:4-7}
R669: Leviticus 19:17; Luke 17:3; Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:15; James 5:19
R670: Deuteronomy 19:15; John 8:17; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19; Hebrews 10:28
R671: 1 Corinthians 6:1ff
R672: 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14f
R673: Matthew 16:19; John 20:23
R674: Matthew 7:7
R675: Matthew 28:20
R676: Matthew 18:15
R677: Luke 17:4
R678: Genesis 4:24
R679: Matthew 13:24
R680: Matthew 25:19
R681: Luke 7:42
R682: Exodus 21:2; Leviticus 25:39; 2 Kings 4:1; Nehemiah 5:5
R683: Matthew 8:2
R684: Luke 7:42
R685: Matthew 6:12; Ephesians 4:32
R686: Matthew 6:14


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