Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:
Matthew 18:1 At the same time, came the disciples vnto Iesus, saying: Who is the greatest in ye kyngdome of heauen? Matthew 18:2 Iesus called a litle chylde vnto hym, and set hym in the myddest [of them], Matthew 18:3 And sayde. Ueryly I say vnto you: except ye turne, and become as litle chyldren, ye shall not enter into the kyngdome of heauen. Matthew 18:4 Whosoeuer therfore shall humble hym selfe as this litle chylde, the same is ye greatest in the kingdome of heauen. Matthew 18:5 And who so shall receaue such a litle chylde in my name, receaueth me. Matthew 18:6 But who so shall offende one of these litle ones, which beleue in me, it were better for hym, that a myll stone were hanged about his necke, & that he were drowned in the deapth of the sea.
to avoid offences, and not to despise the little ones:
Matthew 18:7 Wo vnto the worlde, because of offences. It must nedes be, that offences come: But wo to that man, by whom the offence commeth. Matthew 18:8 If then thy hande or thy foote offende thee, cut them of, and cast [them] from thee. It is better for thee to enter into lyfe, halt or maymed, [rather] then thou shouldest, hauyng two handes, or two feete, be cast into euerlastyng fyre. Matthew 18:9 And yf thyne eye offende thee, plucke it out, and cast [it] from thee: It is better for thee to enter into lyfe with one eye, [rather] then, hauyng two eyes, to be cast into hell fyre. Matthew 18:10 Take heede that ye despise not one of these litle ones: For I say vnto you, that in heaue their Angels do alwayes beholde the face of my father, which is in heauen. Matthew 18:11 For the sonne of man, is come to saue that which was lost. Matthew 18:12 Howe thynke ye? If a man haue an hundred sheepe, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leaue ninetie & nine, and goeth into the mountaynes, and seketh that which went astray? Matthew 18:13 And yf it so be that he fynde it, veryly I say vnto you, he reioyceth more of that sheepe, then of the ninetie and nine, which went not astray. Matthew 18:14 Euen so, it is not the wyll of your father in heauen, that one of these litle ones shoulde peryshe.
teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:
Matthew 18:15 Moreouer, yf thy brother trespas agaynst thee, go and tell hym his faulte betwene thee and hym alone: If he heare thee, thou hast wonne thy brother. Matthew 18:16 But yf he heare thee not, then take yet with thee one or two: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses, euery worde may be stablyshed. Matthew 18:17 If he heare not them, tell it vnto the Churche: If he heare not the Churche, let hym be vnto thee as an Heathen man, and a publicane. Matthew 18:18 Ueryly I say vnto you: Whatsoeuer ye bynde on earth, shalbe bounde in heauen: And whatsoeuer ye loose on earth, shalbe loosed in heauen. Matthew 18:19 Agayne, truely I say vnto you, that if two of you agree in earth, as touching any thyng that they shall aske, it shalbe done for them, of my father, which is in heauen. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the myddes of them.
and how oft to forgive them:
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to hym, and sayde: Lorde howe oft shall my brother sinne agaynst me, and I forgeue hym? tyll seuen tymes? Matthew 18:22 Iesus sayth vnto hym, I say not vnto thee vntyll seuen tymes: but, vntyll seuentie tymes seuen.
which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,
Matthew 18:23 Therfore is the kyngdome of heauen, lykened vnto a certayne man, that was a kyng, which woulde take accomptes of his seruauntes. Matthew 18:24 And when he had begunne to recken, one was brought vnto hym, which ought hym ten thousande talentes. Matthew 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his Lorde commaunded hym to be solde, and his wyfe, and chyldren, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Matthew 18:26 The seruaunt fell downe, & besought hym, saying: Lorde, haue pacience with me, and I wyll pay thee all. Matthew 18:27 Then the Lorde of that seruaunt, moued with pitie, loosed hym, and forgaue hym the debt. Matthew 18:28 But the same seruaunt went out, and founde one of his felowes, which ought hym an hundred pence: and he layde handes on hym, and toke hym by the throte, saying: pay me that thou owest. Matthew 18:29 And his felowe fel downe at his feete, and besought him, saying: haue pacience with me, and I wyll pay thee all. Matthew 18:30 And he woulde not: but went, and cast hym into prison, tyll he shoulde pay the debt. Matthew 18:31 So, when his felowes sawe what was done, they were very sory: & came, and tolde vnto their Lorde all that was done.
and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.
Matthew 18:32 Then his Lorde called hym, and sayd vnto him: O thou vngracious seruaunt, I forgaue thee all that debt, when thou desiredst me: Matthew 18:33 Shouldest not thou also, haue had compassion on thy felowe, euen as I had pitie on thee? Matthew 18:34 And his Lorde was wroth, and delyuered hym to the tormentours, tyll he shoulde pay all that was due vnto him. Matthew 18:35 So lykewyse, shall my heauenly father do also vnto you, yf ye from your heartes, forgeue not, euery one his brother, their trespasses.