Matthew 18:1-20 Darby’s Translation

Who Is the Greatest?

18 1  In that hour the disciples came to Jesus saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens? 2  And Jesus having called a little child to [him], set it in their midst, 3  and said, Verily I say to you, Unless ye are converted and become as little children, ye will not at all enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 4  Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens; 5  and whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name, receives me.

Temptations to Sin

6  But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it were profitable for him that a great millstone had been hanged upon his neck and he be sunk in the depths of the sea.

7  Woe to the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; yet woe to that man by whom the offence comes! 8  And if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut it off and cast [it] from thee; it is good for thee to enter into life lame or maimed, [rather] than having two hands or two feet to be cast into eternal fire. 9  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast [it] from thee; it is good for thee to enter into life one-eyed, [rather] than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10  See that ye do not despise one of these little ones; for I say unto you that their angels in [the] heavens continually behold the face of my Father who is in [the] heavens. 11  For the Son of man has come to save that which was lost. 12  What think ye? If a certain man should have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not, leaving the ninety and nine on the mountains, go and seek the one that has gone astray? 13  And if it should come to pass that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoices more because of it than because of the ninety and nine not gone astray. 14  So it is not the will of your Father who is in [the] heavens that one of these little ones should perish.

A Brother Who Sins

15  But if thy brother sin against thee, go, reprove him between thee and him alone. If he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16  But if he do not hear [thee], take with thee one or two besides, that every matter may stand upon the word of two witnesses or of three. 17  But if he will not listen to them, tell it to the assembly; and if also he will not listen to the assembly, let him be to thee as one of the nations and a tax-gatherer. 18  Verily I say to you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on the earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on the earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19  Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree on the earth concerning any matter, whatsoever it may be that they shall ask, it shall come to them from my Father who is in [the] heavens. 20  For where two or three are gathered together unto my name, there am I in the midst of them.


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