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Matthew 18 :: Amplified Bible (AMP)

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Rank in the Kingdom

(Mar 9:33–37; Luk 9:46–48 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:1 -

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:2 - He called a little child and set him before them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:3 - and said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:4 - “Therefore, whoever [fn]humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:5 - “Whoever receives and welcomes one [fn]child like this in My name receives Me;
(Mar 9:42–48; Luk 17:1, 2 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:6 - but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble and sin [by leading him away from My teaching], it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone [as large as one turned by a donkey] hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Stumbling Blocks

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:7 -

“Woe (judgment is coming) to the world because of stumbling blocks and temptations to sin! It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to the person on whose account or through whom the stumbling block comes!

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:8 -

“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off and throw it away from you [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into everlasting fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:9 - “If your eye causes you to stumble and sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; it is better for you to enter life with only one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fiery hell.
(Luk 15:1–7 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:10 -

“See that you do not despise or think less of one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven [are in the presence of and] continually look upon the face of My Father who is in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:11 - [fn][For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]

Ninety-nine Plus One

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:12 -

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:13 - “And if it turns out that he finds it, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:14 - “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones be lost.

Discipline and Prayer

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:15 -

“If your brother sins[fn], go and show him his fault in private; if he listens and pays attention to you, you have won back your brother.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:16 - “But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that EVERY WORD MAY BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:17 - “If he pays no attention to them [refusing to listen and obey], tell it to the [fn]church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile (unbeliever) and a tax collector.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:18 - “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth [fn]shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth [fn]shall have [already] been loosed in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:19 -

“Again I say to you, that if two [fn]believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:20 - “For where two or three are gathered in My name [meeting together as My followers], I am there among them.”


Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:21 -

Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? Up to seven times?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:22 - Jesus answered him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:23 -

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:24 - “When he began the accounting, one who owed him 10,000 [fn]talents was brought to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:25 - “But because he could not repay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:26 - “So the slave fell on his knees and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:27 - “And his master’s heart was moved with compassion and he released him and forgave him [canceling] the debt.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:28 - “But that same slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him [fn]a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began choking him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe!’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:29 - “So his fellow slave fell on his knees and begged him earnestly, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:30 - “But he was unwilling and he went and had him thrown in prison until he paid back the debt.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:31 - “When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and they went and reported to their master [with clarity and in detail] everything that had taken place.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:32 - “Then his master called him and said to him, ‘You wicked and contemptible slave, I forgave all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:33 - ‘Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave [who owed you little by comparison], as I had mercy on you?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:34 - “And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (jailers) until he paid all that he owed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:35 - “My heavenly Father will also do the same to [every one of] you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
AMP Footnotes
I.e. turns his back on self-righteous pride and adopts a realistic self-view.
I.e. new, childlike believer.
Early mss do not contain this verse.
Late mss add against you.
Gr ecclasia, the word means a gathering and may be translated congregation, assembly, or church.
Gr estai lelumenon, future perfect passive.
Gr estai lelumenon, future perfect passive.
Lit of you.
A talent was a measurement of weight, usually 58-80 pounds. One talent of silver was worth more than 15 years’ wages. One talent of gold was worth even more. 10,000 talents would be an inconceivable amount of debt for a slave in the king’s service to repay.
About 100 days’ wages for a laborer.

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