Restoring a Brother

15 “If your brother sins against you,[a] go and rebuke him in private.[b] If he listens to you, you have won your brother.(A) 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony[c] of two or three witnesses every fact may be established.(B)[d] 17 If he pays no attention to them, tell the church.[e](C) But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever[f] and a tax collector to you.(D) 18 I assure you: Whatever you bind on earth is already bound[g] in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed[h] in heaven.(E) 19 Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you[i] pray for, it will be done for you[j] by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.”

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  1. Matthew 18:15 Other mss omit against you
  2. Matthew 18:15 Lit him between you and him alone
  3. Matthew 18:16 Lit mouth
  4. Matthew 18:16 Dt 19:15
  5. Matthew 18:17 Or congregation
  6. Matthew 18:17 Or like a Gentile
  7. Matthew 18:18 Or earth will be bound
  8. Matthew 18:18 Or earth will be loosed
  9. Matthew 18:19 Lit they
  10. Matthew 18:19 Lit for them