g. Relationships in the Kingdom
1 aIn that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who then is bgreatest 1in the kingdom of the heavens?
2 And He called a little child to Him and stood him in their midst
3 And said, Truly I say to you, Unless you turn and become like alittle children, you shall by no means benter into the kingdom of the heavens.
4 He therefore who will ahumble himself like this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.
5 And whoever receives one such little child 1because of My name, receives Me;
6 And whoever astumbles one of these little ones who believe into Me, it is 1more profitable for him that a 2great bmillstone be hung around his neck and he be drowned in the open sea.
7 Woe to the world because of astumbling blocks! For it is necessary for stumbling blocks to come, but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes.
8 If your ahand or your foot stumbles you, 1cut it off and cast it from you; it is better for you to enter into life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal bfire.
9 And if your aeye stumbles you, 1pluck it out and cast it from you; it is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have two eyes and be cast into the 2Gehenna of fire.
10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their aangels in the heavens continually behold the face of My Father who is in the heavens.
11 1For the Son of Man has come to save that which is lost.
12 aWhat do you think? bIf any man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and seek the one that has gone astray?
13 And if it so happens that he finds it, truly I say to you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
14 In the same way, it is not the will of 1your Father who is in the heavens that one of these little ones aperish.
15 Moreover if your brother asins against you, go, 1breprove him 2between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16 But if he does not hear you, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three awitnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he refuses to hear them, 1tell it to the 2achurch; and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be to you 3just like the bGentile and the ctax collector.
18 Truly I say to you, Whatever you 1abind on the earth shall 2have been bound in heaven, and whatever you 1loose on the earth shall 2have been loosed in heaven.
19 Again, truly I say to you that if two of you are 1in harmony on earth concerning any matter for which they 2ask, 3it will be done for them from My Father who is in the heavens.
20 For where there are 1two or three 2gathered into My name, there am I in their amidst.
21 Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother asin against me and I bforgive him? Up to cseven times?
22 Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy times seven.
23 For this reason the kingdom of the heavens has become like a 1king who desired to 2asettle accounts with his slaves.
24 And when he began to settle them, one who owed him 1ten thousand talents was brought to him.
25 But since he did not have the means to arepay, the master commanded him to be bsold, as well as his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.
26 Then the slave fell down and worshipped him, saying, Be patient with me and I will repay you all.
27 And the master of that slave was moved with compassion and released him and 1forgave him the loan.
28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a 1hundred denarii, and he took hold of him and began to choke him, saying, Repay me what you owe.
29 Then his fellow slave fell down and begged him, saying, Be patient with me and I will repay you.
30 But he would not; instead, he went away and threw him into prison until he would repay what was owed.
31 Then his fellow slaves, seeing what had taken place, were greatly 1grieved and came and explained fully to their master all that had taken place.
32 Then his master called him to him and said to him, aEvil slave, all that debt I forgave you, because you begged me.
33 Should you not also have had amercy on your fellow slave even bas I had mercy on you?
34 And his master became angry and 1delivered him to the torturers until he would arepay all that was owed.
35 So also will My heavenly Father do to you if each of you does anot forgive his brother bfrom your hearts.