Matthew 18-20 Young’s Literal Translation

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Who Is the Greatest?

18 1  At that hour came the disciples near to Jesus, saying, 'Who, now, is greater in the reign of the heavens?' 2  And Jesus having called near a child, did set him in the midst of them, 3  and said, 'Verily I say to you, if ye may not be turned and become as the children, ye may not enter into the reign of the heavens; 4  whoever then may humble himself as this child, he is the greater in the reign of the heavens. 5  'And he who may receive one such child in my name, doth receive me,

Temptations to Sin

6  and whoever may cause to stumble one of those little ones who are believing in me, it is better for him that a weighty millstone may be hanged upon his neck, and he may be sunk in the depth of the sea.

7  'Wo to the world from the stumbling-blocks! for there is a necessity for the stumbling-blocks to come, but wo to that man through whom the stumbling-block doth come! 8  'And if thy hand or thy foot doth cause thee to stumble, cut them off and cast from thee; it is good for thee to enter into the life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast to the fire the age-during. 9  'And if thine eye doth cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast from thee; it is good for thee one-eyed to enter into the life, rather than having two eyes to be cast to the gehenna of the fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10  'Beware!—ye may not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their messengers in the heavens do always behold the face of my Father who is in the heavens, 11  for the Son of Man did come to save the lost. 12  'What think ye? if a man may have an hundred sheep, and there may go astray one of them, doth he not—having left the ninety-nine, having gone on the mountains—seek that which is gone astray? 13  and if it may come to pass that he doth find it, verily I say to you, that he doth rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that have not gone astray; 14  so it is not will in presence of your Father who is in the heavens, that one of these little ones may perish.

A Brother Who Sins

15  'And if thy brother may sin against thee, go and show him his fault between thee and him alone, if he may hear thee, thou didst gain thy brother; 16  and if he may not hear, take with thee yet one or two, that by the mouth of two witnesses or three every word may stand. 17  'And if he may not hear them, say 'it' to the assembly, and if also the assembly he may not hear, let him be to thee as the heathen man and the tax-gatherer. 18  'Verily I say to you, Whatever things ye may bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever things ye may loose on the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens. 19  'Again, I say to you, that, if two of you may agree on the earth concerning anything, whatever they may ask—it shall be done to them from my Father who is in the heavens, 20  for where there are two or three gathered together—to my name, there am I in the midst of them.'

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21  Then Peter having come near to him, said, 'Sir, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him—till seven times?' 22  Jesus saith to him, 'I do not say to thee till seven times, but till seventy times seven. 23  'Because of this was the reign of the heavens likened to a man, a king, who did will to take reckoning with his servants, 24  and he having begun to take account, there was brought near to him one debtor of a myriad of talents, 25  and he having nothing to pay, his lord did command him to be sold, and his wife, and the children, and all, whatever he had, and payment to be made. 26  The servant then, having fallen down, was bowing to him, saying, Sir, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all; 27  and the lord of that servant having been moved with compassion did release him, and the debt he forgave him. 28  'And, that servant having come forth, found one of his fellow-servants who was owing him an hundred denaries, and having laid hold, he took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that which thou owest. 29  His fellow-servant then, having fallen down at his feet, was calling on him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all; 30  and he would not, but having gone away, he cast him into prison, till he might pay that which was owing. 31  'And his fellow-servants having seen the things that were done, were grieved exceedingly, and having come, shewed fully to their lord all the things that were done; 32  then having called him, his lord saith to him, Evil servant! all that debt I did forgive thee, seeing thou didst call upon me, 33  did it not behove also thee to have dealt kindly with thy fellow-servant, as I also dealt kindly with thee? 34  'And having been wroth, his lord delivered him to the inquisitors, till he might pay all that was owing to him; 35  so also my heavenly Father will do to you, if ye may not forgive each one his brother from your hearts their trespasses.'

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

19 1  And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these words, he removed from Galilee, and did come to the borders of Judea, beyond the Jordan, 2  and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.

3  And the Pharisees came near to him, tempting him, and saying to him, 'Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?' 4  And he answering said to them, 'Did ye not read, that He who made 'them', from the beginning a male and a female made them, 5  and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall be—the two—for one flesh? 6  so that they are no more two, but one flesh; what therefore God did join together, let no man put asunder.' 7  They say to him, 'Why then did Moses command to give a roll of divorce, and to put her away?' 8  He saith to them—'Moses for your stiffness of heart did suffer you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it hath not been so. 9  'And I say to you, that, whoever may put away his wife, if not for whoredom, and may marry another, doth commit adultery; and he who did marry her that hath been put away, doth commit adultery.' 10  His disciples say to him, 'If the case of the man with the woman is so, it is not good to marry.' 11  And he said to them, 'All do not receive this word, but those to whom it hath been given; 12  for there are eunuchs who from the mother's womb were so born; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who kept themselves eunuchs because of the reign of the heavens: he who is able to receive 'it'—let him receive.'

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13  Then were brought near to him children that he might put hands on them and pray, and the disciples rebuked them. 14  But Jesus said, 'Suffer the children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the reign of the heavens;' 15  and having laid on them 'his' hands, he departed thence.

The Rich Young Ruler

16  And lo, one having come near, said to him, 'Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have life age-during?' 17  And he said to him, 'Why me dost thou call good? no one 'is' good except One—God; but if thou dost will to enter into the life, keep the commands.' 18  He saith to him, 'What kind?' 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 mother, and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' 20  The young man saith to him, 'All these did I keep from my youth; what yet do I lack?' 21  Jesus said to him, 'If thou dost will to be perfect, go away, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me.' 22  And the young man, having heard the word, went away sorrowful, for he had many possessions;

23  and Jesus said to his disciples, 'Verily I say to you, that hardly shall a rich man enter into the reign of the heavens; 24  and again I say to you, it is easier for a camel through the eye of a needle to go, than for a rich man to enter into the reign of God.' 25  And his disciples having heard, were amazed exceedingly, saying, 'Who, then, is able to be saved?' 26  And Jesus having earnestly beheld, said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.' 27  Then Peter answering said to him, 'Lo, we did leave all, and follow thee, what then shall we have?' 28  And Jesus said to them, 'Verily I say to you, that ye who did follow me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man may sit upon a throne of his glory, shall sit—ye also—upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel; 29  and every one who left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for my name's sake, an hundredfold shall receive, and life age-during shall inherit; 30  and many first shall be last, and last first.

Laborers in the Vineyard

20 1  'For the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a householder, who went forth with the morning to hire workmen for his vineyard, 2  and having agreed with the workmen for a denary a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3  'And having gone forth about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle, 4  and to these he said, Go ye—also ye—to the vineyard, and whatever may be righteous I will give you; 5  and they went away. 'Again, having gone forth about the sixth and the ninth hour, he did in like manner. 6  And about the eleventh hour, having gone forth, he found others standing idle, and saith to them, Why here have ye stood all the day idle? 7  they say to him, Because no one did hire us; he saith to them, Go ye—ye also—to the vineyard, and whatever may be righteous ye shall receive. 8  'And evening having come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward, Call the workmen, and pay them the reward, having begun from the last—unto the first. 9  And they of about the eleventh hour having come, did receive each a denary. 10  'And the first having come, did suppose that they shall receive more, and they received, they also, each a denary, 11  and having received 'it', they were murmuring against the householder, saying, 12  that These, the last, wrought one hour, and thou didst make them equal to us, who were bearing the burden of the day—and the heat. 13  'And he answering said to one of them, Comrade, I do no unrighteousness to thee; for a denary didst not thou agree with me? 14  take that which is thine, and go; and I will to give to this, the last, also as to thee; 15  is it not lawful to me to do what I will in mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good? 16  So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called, and few chosen.'

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17  And Jesus going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples by themselves in the way, and said to them, 18  'Lo, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, 19  and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the nations to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify, and the third day he will rise again.'

The Request of James and John

20  Then came near to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, bowing and asking something from him, 21  and he said to her, 'What wilt thou?' She saith to him, 'Say, that they may sit—these my two sons—one on thy right hand, and one on the left, in thy reign.' 22  And Jesus answering said, 'Ye have not known what ye ask for yourselves; are ye able to drink of the cup that I am about to drink? and with the baptism that I am baptized with, to be baptized?' They say to him, 'We are able.' 23  And he saith to them, 'Of my cup indeed ye shall drink, and with the baptism that I am baptized with ye shall be baptized; but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but—to those for whom it hath been prepared by my father.' 24  And the ten having heard, were much displeased with the two brothers, 25  and Jesus having called them near, said, 'Ye have known that the rulers of the nations do exercise lordship over them, and those great do exercise authority over them, 26  but not so shall it be among you, but whoever may will among you to become great, let him be your ministrant; 27  and whoever may will among you to be first, let him be your servant; 28  even as the Son of Man did not come to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.'

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

29  And they going forth from Jericho, there followed him a great multitude, 30  and lo, two blind men sitting by the way, having heard that Jesus doth pass by, cried, saying, 'Deal kindly with us, sir—Son of David.' 31  And the multitude charged them that they might be silent, and they cried out the more, saying, 'Deal kindly with us sir—Son of David.' 32  And having stood, Jesus called them, and said, 'What will ye 'that' I may do to you?' 33  they say to him, 'Sir, that our eyes may be opened;' 34  and having been moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

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