Relationships in the kingdom
that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who then is bgreatest 1in
the kingdom of the heavens?
And He called a little child to Him
and stood him in their midst
And said, Truly I say to you, Unless you turn and become like alittle
children, you shall by no means benter
into the kingdom of the heavens.
He therefore who will ahumble
himself like this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.
And whoever receives one such little child 1because
of My name, receives Me;
And whoever astumbles
one of these little ones who believe into Me, it is 1more
profitable for him that a 2great bmillstone
be hung around his neck and he be drowned in the open sea.
Woe to the world because of astumbling
blocks! For it is necessary for stumbling blocks to come, but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes.
If your ahand
or your foot stumbles you, 1cut
it off and cast it
from you; it is better for you to enter into life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal bfire
And if your aeye
stumbles you, 1pluck
it out and cast it
from you; it is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have two eyes and be cast into the 2Gehenna
See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their aangels
in the heavens continually behold the face of My Father who is in the heavens.
the Son of Man has come to save that which is lost.
do you think? bIf
any man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and seek the one that has gone astray?
And if it so happens that he finds it, truly I say to you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
In the same way, it is not the will of 1your
Father who is in the heavens that one of these little ones aperish
Moreover if your brother asins
against you, go, 1breprove
you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
But if he does not hear you,
take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three awitnesses
every word may be established.
And if he refuses to hear them, 1tell it
to the 2achurch
; and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be to you 3just
like the bGentile
and the ctax
Truly I say to you, Whatever you 1abind
on the earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on the earth shall 2have
been loosed in heaven.
Again, truly I say to you that if two of you are 1in
harmony on earth concerning any matter for which they 2ask
will be done for them from My Father who is in the heavens.
For where there are 1two
or three 2gathered
into My name, there am I in their amidst
Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother asin
against me and I bforgive
him? Up to cseven
Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy times seven.
For this reason the kingdom of the heavens has become like a 1king
who desired to 2asettle
accounts with his slaves.
And when he began to settle them,
one who owed him 1ten
thousand talents was brought to him.
But since he did not have the means
, the master commanded him to be bsold
, as well as his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.
Then the slave fell down and worshipped him, saying, Be patient with me and I will repay you all.
And the master of that slave was moved with compassion and released him and 1forgave
him the loan.
But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a 1hundred
denarii, and he took hold of him and began to choke him,
saying, Repay me
what you owe.
Then his fellow slave fell down and begged him, saying, Be patient with me and I will repay you.
But he would not; instead, he went away and threw him into prison until he would repay what was owed.
Then his fellow slaves, seeing what had taken place, were greatly 1grieved
and came and explained fully to their master all that had taken place.
Then his master called him to him
and said to him, aEvil
slave, all that debt I forgave you, because you begged me.
Should you not also have had amercy
on your fellow slave even bas
I had mercy on you?
And his master became angry and 1delivered
him to the torturers until he would arepay
all that was owed.
So also will My heavenly Father do to you if each of you does anot
forgive his brother bfrom