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Matthew 18:1-14Revised Standard Version (RSV)

True Greatness

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Temptations to Sin

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; 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.

“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! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin,[c] cut it off and throw it away; 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. And if your eye causes you to sin,[d] pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell[e] 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.[f] 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 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 it is not the will of my[g] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 18:6 Greek causes . . . to stumble
  2. Matthew 18:7 Greek stumbling blocks
  3. Matthew 18:8 Greek causes . . . to stumble
  4. Matthew 18:9 Greek causes . . . to stumble
  5. Matthew 18:9 Greek Gehenna
  6. Matthew 18:10 Other ancient authorities add verse 11, For the Son of man came to save the lost
  7. Matthew 18:14 Other ancient authorities read your
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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