Matthew 18:1-20 New American Standard Bible

Who Is the Greatest?

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said , " Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven ?" 2  And He called a child to Himself and set him before e them, 3  and said , "Truly I say to you, unless e you are converted and become like children , you will not enter the kingdom of heaven . 4  "Whoever then humbles himself as this child , he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven . 5  "And whoever e receives one such child in My name receives Me;

Temptations to Sin

6  but whoever e causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble , it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck , and to be drowned in the depth of the sea .

7  "Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks ! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come ; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes ! 8  " If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble , cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame , than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire . 9  " If your eye causes you to stumble , pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye , than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell .

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10  "See that you do not despise one of these little ones , for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually e see the face of My Father who is in heaven . 11  [" For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost .] 12  "What do you think ? If any man has a hundred sheep , and one of them has gone astray , does he not leave the ninety-nine e on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying ? 13  "If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine e which have not gone astray . 14  "So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish .

A Brother Who Sins

15  " If your brother sins , go and show him his fault in private ; if he listens to you, you have won your brother . 16  "But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED . 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 . 18  "Truly I say to you, whatever e you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven ; and whatever e you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven . 19  "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything e that they may ask , it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven . 20  "For where two or three have gathered together in My name , I am there in their midst ."

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