Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
Jesus and the Temple Tax
24 When they came to Caper′na-um, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”
18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Temptations to Sin
5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin![b] For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin,[c] cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin,[d] pluck it out and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell[e][f] of fire.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.[g] 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my[h] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
- Matthew 18:6 Greek causes . . . to stumble
- Matthew 18:7 Greek stumbling blocks
- Matthew 18:8 Greek causes . . . to stumble
- Matthew 18:9 Greek causes . . . to stumble
- Matthew 18:9 Greek Gehenna
- 18.9 Gehenna (see footnote b) was the name of a valley south of Jerusalem where human sacrifice had once been practiced; cf. 2 Chron 33.6. Later it became a cursed place and a refuse dump, and the name came to symbolize the Christian place of punishment.
- Matthew 18:10 Other ancient authorities add verse 11, For the Son of man came to save the lost
- Matthew 18:14 Other ancient authorities read your