Matthew 18-19 World English Bible

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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 Heaven?” 2  Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them, 3  and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4  Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5  Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me,

Temptations to Sin

6  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.

7  “Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes! 8  If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. 9  If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna [1] of fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10  See that you don’t despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 11  For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost. 12  “What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine, go to the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray? 13  If he finds it, most certainly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 14  Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

A Brother Who Sins

15  “If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother. 16  But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. [2] 17  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector. 18  Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 19  Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. 20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21  Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?” 22  Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven. 23  Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants. 24  When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. [3] 25  But because he couldn’t pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26  The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!’ 27  The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28  “But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, [4] and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29  “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’ 30  He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due. 31  So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done. 32  Then his lord called him in, and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. 33  Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?’ 34  His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him. 35  So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.”

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

19 1  It happened when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2  Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.

3  Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?” 4  He answered, “Haven’t you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, [5] 5  and said, ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?’ [6] 6  So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don’t let man tear apart.” 7  They asked him, “Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?” 8  He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so. 9  I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery.” 10  His disciples said to him, “If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.” 11  But he said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but those to whom it is given. 12  For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13  Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14  But Jesus said, “Allow the little children, and don’t forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these.” 15  He laid his hands on them, and departed from there.

The Rich Young Ruler

16  Behold, one came to him and said, “Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” 17  He said to him, “Why do you call me good? [7] No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18  He said to him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder.’ ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ ‘You shall not steal.’ ‘You shall not offer false testimony.’ 19  ‘Honor your father and mother.’ [8] And, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” [9] 20  The young man said to him, “All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?” 21  Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22  But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions.

23  Jesus said to his disciples, “Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty. 24  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.” 25  When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26  Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27  Then Peter answered, “Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?” 28  Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29  Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life. 30  But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.

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Footnotes

[1] 18:9 or, Hell

[2] 18:16 Deuteronomy 19:15

[3] 18:24 Ten thousand talents represents an extremely large sum of money, equivalent to about 60,000,000 denarii, where one denarius was typical of one day’s wages for agricultural labor.

[4] 18:28 100 denarii was about one sixtieth of a talent.

[5] 19:4 Genesis 1:27

[6] 19:5 Genesis 2:24

[7] 19:17 So MT and TR. NU reads “Why do you ask me about what is good?”

[8] 19:19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20

[9] 19:19 Leviticus 19:18

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