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Matthew 18 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Rank in the Kingdom

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

At that [fn]time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:2 - And He called a child to Himself and set him among them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:3 - and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you [fn]change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:4 - “So whoever will humble himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:5 - “And whoever receives one such child 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 [fn]sin, it is better for him that a [fn]heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Stumbling Blocks

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:7 -

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:8 -

“And if your hand or your foot is causing you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you; it is better for you to enter life maimed or without a foot, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:9 - “And if your eye is causing you to sin, tear it out and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into the [fn]fiery hell.
(Luk 15:1–7 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:10 -

“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones; for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.

Ninety-nine Plus One

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:12 -

“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains, and go and search for the one that is lost?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:13 - “And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that have not gone astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:14 - “So it is not the will [fn]of your Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.

Discipline and Prayer

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:15 -

“Now if your brother sins[fn], go and [fn]show him his fault [fn]in private; if he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:16 - “But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that ON THE [fn]TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY [fn]MATTER MAY BE CONFIRMED.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:17 - “And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, he is to be to you as [fn]a Gentile and [fn]a tax collector.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:18 - “Truly I say to you, whatever you [fn]bind on earth [fn]shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you [fn]loose on earth [fn]shall have been loosed in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:19 -

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them [fn]by My Father who is in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:20 - “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”


Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:21 -

Then Peter came up and said to Him, “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me and I still forgive him? Up to seven times?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:22 - Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to [fn]seventy-seven times.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:23 -

“For this reason the kingdom of heaven [fn]is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:24 - “And when he had begun to settle them, one who owed him [fn]ten thousand talents was brought to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:25 - “But since he [fn]did not have the means to repay, his master commanded that he be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment be made.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:26 - “So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:27 - “And the master of that slave felt compassion, and he released him and forgave him the [fn]debt.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:28 - “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred [fn]denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe!’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:29 - “So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:30 - “But he was unwilling, [fn]and went and threw him in prison until he would pay back what was owed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:31 - “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their master all that had happened.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:32 - “Then summoning him, his master *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:33 - ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:34 - “And his master, moved with anger, handed him over to the [fn]torturers until he would repay all that was owed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:35 - “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your [fn]heart.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit hour
Lit turn
Or stumble, and so throughout the ch
Lit millstone turned by a donkey
I.e., enticements to sin
I.e., enticements to sin
I.e., enticements to sin
Lit Gehenna of fire
Late mss add (traditionally v 11): For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost
Lit before
Late mss add against you
Or correct
Lit between you and him alone
Lit mouth
Lit word
Lit the
Lit the
I.e., forbid
Gr fut. pft. pass. tense
I.e., permit
Gr fut. pft. pass. tense
Lit from
Or possibly seventy times seven
Lit has been compared to
By one estimate, a debt of 60 million working days for a laborer
Or was unable to
Or loan
The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborer
Lit but
I.e., jailors assigned to torture prisoners
Lit hearts
See the NASB20 Preface for an explanation on the use of the asterisk.

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