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Matthew 18 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:1 - At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:2 - And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:3 - and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:4 - Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:5 - "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:6 - but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:7 - "Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes!

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:8 - And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:9 - And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:10 - "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:11 - Other ancient authorities insert verse 11, For the Son of man came to save the lost.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:12 - What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:13 - And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:14 - So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:15 - "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:16 - But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:17 - If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:18 - Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:19 - Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, 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, there am I in the midst of them."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:21 - Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:22 - Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:23 - "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:24 - When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:25 - and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:26 - So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:27 - And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:28 - But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:29 - So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:30 - He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:31 - When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:32 - Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:33 - and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:34 - And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:35 - So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."
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Other ancient authorities insert verse 11, [For the Son of man came to save the lost.]

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