Matthew 18-20 Darby’s Translation

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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.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21  Then Peter came to him and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? until seven times? 22  Jesus says to him, I say not to thee until seven times, but until seventy times seven. 23  For this cause the kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who would reckon with his bondmen. 24  And having begun to reckon, one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25  But he not having anything to pay, [his] lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and everything that he had, and that payment should be made. 26  The bondman therefore falling down did him homage, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay thee all. 27  And the lord of that bondman, being moved with compassion, loosed him and forgave him the loan. 28  But that bondman having gone out, found one of his fellow-bondmen who owed him a hundred denarii. And having seized him, he throttled him, saying, Pay [me] if thou owest anything. 29  His fellow-bondman therefore, having fallen down [at his feet], besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee. 30  But he would not, but went away and cast him into prison, until he should pay what was owing. 31  But his fellow-bondmen, having seen what had taken place, were greatly grieved, and went and recounted to their lord all that had taken place. 32  Then his lord, having called him to [him], says to him, Wicked bondman! I forgave thee all that debt because thou besoughtest me; 33  shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-bondman, as I also had compassion on thee? 34  And his lord being angry delivered him to the tormentors till he paid all that was owing to him. 35  Thus also my heavenly Father shall do to you if ye forgive not from your hearts every one his brother.

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

19 1  And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, he withdrew from Galilee, and came to the coasts of Judaea beyond the Jordan; 2  and great crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3  And the Pharisees came to him tempting him, and saying, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4  But he answering said [to them], Have ye not read that he who made [them], from the beginning made them male and female, 5  and said, On account of this a man shall leave father and mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh? 6  so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. 7  They say to him, Why then did Moses command to give a letter of divorce and to send [her] away? 8  He says to them, Moses, in view of your hardheartedness, allowed you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it was not thus. 9  But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, not for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery; and he who marries one put away commits adultery. 10  His disciples say to him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11  And he said to them, All cannot receive this word, but those to whom it has been given; 12  for there are eunuchs which have been born thus from [their] mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs of men; and there are eunuchs who have made eunuchs of themselves for the sake of the kingdom of the heavens. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13  Then there were brought to him little children that he might lay his hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked them. 14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and do not hinder them from coming to me; for the kingdom of the heavens is of such: 15  and having laid his hands upon them, he departed thence.

The Rich Young Ruler

16  And lo, one coming up said to him, Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have life eternal? 17  And he said to him, What askest thou me concerning goodness? one is good. But if thou wouldest enter into life, keep the commandments. 18  He says to him, Which? And Jesus said, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19  Honour thy father and thy mother, and Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20  The young man says to him, All these have I kept; what lack I yet? 21  Jesus said to him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell what thou hast and give to [the] poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. 22  But the young man, having heard the word, went away grieved, for he had large possessions.

23  And Jesus said to his disciples, Verily I say unto you, A rich man shall with difficulty enter into the kingdom of the heavens; 24  and again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to enter a needle's eye than a rich man into the kingdom of God. 25  And when the disciples heard [it] they were exceedingly astonished, saying, Who then can be saved? 26  But Jesus, looking on [them], said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 27  Then Peter answering said to him, Behold, we have left all things and have followed thee; what then shall happen to us? 28  And Jesus said to them, Verily I say unto you, That ye who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit down upon his throne of glory, ye also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29  And every one who has left houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit life eternal. 30  But many first shall be last, and last first.

Laborers in the Vineyard

20 1  For the kingdom of the heavens is like a householder who went out with the early morn to hire workmen for his vineyard. 2  And having agreed with the workmen for a denarius the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3  And having gone out about [the] third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle; 4  and to them he said, Go also ye into the vineyard, and whatsoever may be just I will give you. And they went their way. 5  Again, having gone out about the sixth and ninth hour, he did likewise. 6  But about the eleventh [hour], having gone out, he found others standing, and says to them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7  They say to him, Because no man has hired us. He says to them, Go also ye into the vineyard [and whatsoever may be just ye shall receive]. 8  But when the evening was come, the lord of the vineyard says to his steward, Call the workmen and pay [them] their wages, beginning from the last even to the first. 9  And when they [who came to work] about the eleventh hour came, they received each a denarius. 10  And when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more, and they received also themselves each a denarius. 11  And on receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, 12  saying, These last have worked one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the heat. 13  But he answering said to one of them, [My] friend, I do not wrong thee. Didst thou not agree with me for a denarius? 14  Take what is thine and go. But it is my will to give to this last even as to thee: 15  is it not lawful for me to do what I will in my own affairs? Is thine eye evil because I am good? 16  Thus shall the last be first, and the first last; for many are called ones, but few chosen ones.

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17  And Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples with [him] apart in the way, and said to them, 18  Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19  and they will deliver him up to the nations to mock and to scourge and to crucify, and the third day he shall rise again.

The Request of James and John

20  Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, doing homage, and asking something of him. 21  And he said to her, What wilt thou? She says to him, Speak [the word] that these my two sons may sit, one on thy right hand and one on thy left in thy kingdom. 22  And Jesus answering said, Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink the cup which I am about to drink? They say to him, We are able. 23  [And] he says to them, Ye shall drink indeed my cup, but to sit on my right hand and on [my] left, is not mine to give, but to those for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24  And the ten, having heard [of it], were indignant about the two brothers. 25  But Jesus having called them to [him], said, Ye know that the rulers of the nations exercise lordship over them, and the great exercise authority over them. 26  It shall not be thus amongst you, but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant; 27  and whosoever will be first among you, let him be your bondman; 28  as indeed the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

29  And as they went out from Jericho a great crowd followed him. 30  And lo, two blind men, sitting by the wayside, having heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out saying, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David. 31  But the crowd rebuked them, that they might be silent. But they cried out the more, saying, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David. 32  And Jesus, having stopped, called them and said, What will ye that I shall do to you? 33  They say to him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34  And Jesus, moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes had sight restored to them, and they followed him.

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