Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:
Matthew 18:1 At the same tyme came the disciples vnto Iesus, and sayde: Who is the greatest in the kyngdome of heauen? Matthew 18:2 And Iesus called a childe vnto him, and set him in the myddest amonge them, Matthew 18:3 and sayde: Verely I saye vnto you: Excepte ye turne and become as children, ye shal not entre into the kyngdome of heauen. Matthew 18:4 Whosoeuer therfore humbleth him self as this childe, ye same is the greatest in ye kyngdome of heauen. Matthew 18:5 And who so receaueth soch a childe in my name, receaueth me. Matthew 18:6 But who so offendeth one of these litle ones which beleue in me, it were better for him, that a mylstone were hanged aboute his neck, and he drowned in the depth of the see.
to avoid offences, and not to despise the little ones:
Matthew 18:7 Wo vnto the worlde because of slauders. Yee there must slaunders come: but wo vnto that man, by whom slaunder commeth. Matthew 18:8 But yf thy hande or thy fote offende the, cut him of, and cast him from the. It is better for ye to entre in vnto life lame or crepell, the yt thou shuldest haue two hodes or two fete, and be cast in to euerlastinge fyre. Matthew 18:9 And yf thyne eye offende the, plucke it out, & cast it from the. Better it is for the to entre in vnto life with one eye, the to haue two eyes, and to be cast in to hell fyre. Matthew 18:10 Take hede, yt ye despyse not one of these litle ones. For I saye vnto you: their angels do alwaye beholde the face of my father which is in heauen: Matthew 18:11 for the sonne of man is come to saue that which is lost. Matthew 18:12 How thinke ye? Yf a man haue an hundreth shepe, and one of the be gone astraye, doth not he leaue the nyentie and nyene in the mountaynes, and goeth, and seketh that one which is gone astraye? Matthew 18:13 And yf it happen that he fynde it, verely I saye vnto you: he reioyseth more ouer it, then ouer the nyentie & nyene which wete not astraye. Matthew 18:14 Euen so is it not the will before youre father in heauen, that one of these litle ones shulde perishe.
teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:
Matthew 18:15 Yf thy brother trespace agaynst the, go and tell him his faute betwene the and him alone. Yf he heare the, thou hast wone thy brother. Matthew 18:16 But yf he heare the not, then take yet with the one or two, that in the mouth of two or thre wytnesses, euery matter maye be stablyshed. Matthew 18:17 Yf he heare not them, tell it vnto the congregacion. Yf he heare not the cogregacion, holde him as an Heithen and Publican. Matthew 18:18 Verely I saye vnto you: what soeuer ye shal bynde vpon earth, shalbe boude also in heauen: & what soeuer ye lowse vpon earth, shalbe lowsed also in heaue. Matthew 18:19 Agayne, I saye vnto you: Yf two of you shal agree vpon earth (for what thinge soeuer it be yt they wolde desyre) they shal haue it of my father which is in heaue. Matthew 18:20 For where two or thre are gathered together i my name, there am I in the myddest amonge them.
and how oft to forgive them:
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter vnto him, & sayde, LORDE, how oft shal I forgeue my brother, yt trespaceth agaynst me? Seue tymes? Matthew 18:22 Iesus saide vnto hi: I saye not vnto ye seue tymes, but seuetie tymes seuen tymes.
which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,
Matthew 18:23 Therfore is ye kingdome of heaue lickened vnto a kynge which wolde reken wt his seruauntes. Matthew 18:24 And whan he beganne to reke, one was brought vnto him, which ought him ten thousande poude. Matthew 18:25 Now wha he had nothinge to paye his lorde comaunded him to be solde, & his wife & his childre, & all yt he had, & payment to be made. Matthew 18:26 Then the seruaunt fell downe, & besought him, sayenge: Syr, haue paciece wt me, and I wil paye the all. Matthew 18:27 Then had the lorde pytie on that seruaunt, & discharged him, and forgaue him the dett. Matthew 18:28 And the same seruaunt wete out, & foude one of his felowes, which ought him an hudreth pens, and layed hande vpon him, and toke him by the throte, and sayde: paye me that thou owest. Matthew 18:29 The his felowe fell downe, and besought him, sayenge: haue paciece wt me, and I wil paye the all Matthew 18:30 Neuertheles, he wolde not, but wente and cast him in to preson, tyll he shulde paye the dett. Matthew 18:31 Whan his felowes sawe what was done, they were very sory, and came and tolde their lorde all that had happened.
and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.
Matthew 18:32 Then his lorde called for him, and sayde vnto him: O thou wicked seruaut, I forgaue the all this dett, because thou praydest me: Matthew 18:33 shuldest not thou then haue had compassion also vpon thy felowe, euen as I had pytie vpon the? Matthew 18:34 And his lorde was wroth, and delyuered him vnto the iaylers, tyll he payed all that he ought. Matthew 18:35 So shal my heauenly father do also vnto you, yf ye euery one of you fro youre hertes, forgeue not his brother his trespaces.