The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise (A)one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven (B)their angels always (C)see the face of my Father who is in heaven.[a] 12 (D)What do you think? (E)If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains 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 (F)it is not the will of my[b] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15 (G)“If your brother sins against you, (H)go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have (I)gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established (J)by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, (K)tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, (L)let him be to you as (M)a Gentile and (N)a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, (O)whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you (P)agree on earth about anything they ask, (Q)it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are (R)gathered in my name, (S)there am I among them.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 18:10 Some manuscripts add verse 11: For the Son of Man came to save the lost
  2. Matthew 18:14 Some manuscripts your
  3. Matthew 18:18 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed

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