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Matthew 18

Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:

Matthew 18:1 In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Matthew 18:2 And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them, Matthew 18:3 and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me: Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and [that] he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.

to avoid offences, and not to despise the little ones:

Matthew 18:7 Woe unto the world because of occasions of stumbling! for it must needs be that the occasions come; but woe to that man through whom the occasion cometh! Matthew 18:8 And if thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. Matthew 18:9 And if thine eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire. Matthew 18:10 See that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:11 [For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.] Matthew 18:12 How think ye? if any man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and go unto the mountains, and seek that which goeth astray? Matthew 18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth over it more than over the ninety and nine which have not gone astray. Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:

Matthew 18:15 And if thy brother sin against thee, go, show him his fault between thee and him alone: if he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. Matthew 18:16 But if he hear [thee] not, take with thee one or two more, that at the mouth of two witnesses or three every word may be established. Matthew 18:17 And if he refuse to hear them, tell it unto the church: and if he refuse to hear the church also, let him be unto thee as the Gentile and the publican. Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, what things soever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

and how oft to forgive them:

Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times? Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.

which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,

Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants. Matthew 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, that owed him ten thousand talents. Matthew 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not [wherewith] to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Matthew 18:26 The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Matthew 18:27 And the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. Matthew 18:28 But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred shillings: and he laid hold on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay what thou owest. Matthew 18:29 So his fellow-servant fell down and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee. Matthew 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay that which was due. Matthew 18:31 So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were exceeding sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.

Matthew 18:32 Then his lord called him unto him, and saith to him, Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me: Matthew 18:33 shouldest not thou also have had mercy on thy fellow-servant, even as I had mercy on thee? Matthew 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due. Matthew 18:35 So shall also my heavenly Father do unto you, if ye forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

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