Matthew 18 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)
Who Is The Greatest In The Kingdom? Whoever Will Humble Himself Like This Child
18 At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then[a] is greater[b] in the kingdom of the heavens?” 2 And having summoned a child, He stood him[c] in the middle of them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are turned-around [d] and become like children[e], you will never enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 4 Therefore whoever will humble himself like this child, this one is the greater one in the kingdom of the heavens.
But Woe To Whoever Causes One of My Children Believing In Me To Fall
5 “And whoever welcomes[f] one such[g] child on the basis of My name, welcomes Me. 6 But whoever causes one of these little ones believing in Me to fall— it would be better[h] for him that a donkey’s millstone[i] be hung around his neck and he be sunk in the deep-part[j] of the sea.
Woe To The World Because of Causes of Falling. Better To Tear Out Your Eye
7 “Woe to the world because of the causes-of-falling. For it is a necessity that causes-of-falling should come; nevertheless, woe to the person through whom the cause-of-falling comes. 8 But if your hand or your foot is causing you to fall, cut it off and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter into life crippled or lame than to be thrown into the eternal fire having two hands or two feet. 9 And if your eye is causing you to fall, tear it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter into life one-eyed than to be thrown into the Gehenna[k] of fire having two eyes.
Don’t Look Down On These Little Ones. God Does Not Want One of Them Lost
10 “See that you do not look-down-upon[l] one of these little ones. For I say to you that their angels in the heavens are continually seeing[m] the face of My Father in the heavens. 11 [n] 12 What seems right to you? If a hundred sheep belong to any man and one of them went-astray, will he not leave the ninety nine on the mountains, and having gone, be seeking the one going astray? 13 And if it comes about that he finds it, truly I say to you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety nine not having gone astray. 14 So it is not the will in-the-sight-of [o] your Father in the heavens that one of these little ones should be-lost.
If Your Brother Sins Against You, Seek To Restore Him
15 “But if your brother sins against you[p], go, expose[q] him between you and him alone. If he listens-to you, you gained[r] your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take-along with you one or two more in order that every word may be established based-on the mouth of two or three witnesses. And if he refuses-to-listen-to them, tell it to the church. 17 And if he even refuses[s] to listen to the church, let him be to you just like the Gentile[t] and the tax-collector[u]. 18 Truly I say to you, whatever you[v] bind[w] on earth will have been bound[x] in heaven. And whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven. 19 Again[y], truly I say to you that if two of you on earth agree concerning any matter which they may ask, it will be done for them by My Father in the heavens. 20 For[z] where two or three have been gathered-together in[aa] My name, I am there in the midst of them”.
Always Forgive One Another From The Heart, As God Has Forgiven You
21 Then having come to Him, Peter said to Him, “Lord, how often[ab] will my brother sin against me and I will forgive him? Up to seven-times?” 22 Jesus says to him, “I do not say to you up to seven-times, but up to seventy-times[ac] [and][ad] seven. 23 For this reason, the kingdom of the heavens became-like[ae] a man who was a king, who wished to settle the account with his slaves. 24 And he having begun to settle it, one debtor of ten-thousand talents[af] was brought to him. 25 But he not having the means to pay, the master ordered that he be sold— and his wife and his children and all that he has— and that it be paid. 26 Then the slave, having fallen, was prostrating-himself before him, saying, ‘Be patient with me and I will pay everything to you’. 27 And having felt-deep feelings [of compassion], the master of that slave released him and forgave him the loan. 28 But having gone out, that slave found one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii. And having seized him, he was choking him, saying, ‘Pay me, since you are owing me something’. 29 Then his fellow slave, having fallen, was begging him, saying, ‘Be patient with me and I will pay it to you’. 30 And the one was not willing, but having gone, he threw him into prison until he should pay the amount being owed. 31 Then his fellow slaves, having seen the things having taken place, were extremely grieved. And having come, they made-clear to their master all the things having taken place. 32 Then, having summoned him, his master says to him, ‘Evil slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should not you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I also had mercy on you?’ 34 And having become angry[ag], his master handed him over to the tormenters[ah] until[ai] which time he should pay all the amount being owed. 35 So also My heavenly Father will do to you if you do not forgive— each one his brother— from your hearts”.
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