Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:
Matthew 18:1 The same time the disciples came vnto Iesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdome of heauen? Matthew 18:2 And Iesus called a litle childe vnto him, and set him in the mids of them, Matthew 18:3 And sayd, Verely I say vnto you, except ye be conuerted, and become as litle children, ye shall not enter into the kingdome of heauen. Matthew 18:4 Whosoeuer therefore shal humble himselfe as this litle childe, the same is the greatest in the kingdome of heauen. Matthew 18:5 And whosoeuer shall receiue one such litle childe in my name, receiueth me. Matthew 18:6 But whosoeuer shal offend one of these litle ones which beleeue in me, it were better for him, that a milstone were hanged about his necke, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
to avoid offences, and not to despise the little ones:
Matthew 18:7 Wo be vnto the world because of offences: for it must needes be that offences shall come, but wo be to that man by whome the offence commeth. Matthew 18:8 Wherefore, if thy hand or thy foote cause thee to offend, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life, halt, or maimed, then hauing two hands, or two feete, to be cast into euerlasting fire. Matthew 18:9 And if thine eye cause thee to offende, plucke it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, then hauing two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Matthew 18:10 See that ye despise not one of these litle ones: for I say vnto you, that in heauen their Angels alwayes behold 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 How thinke ye? If a man haue an hundreth sheepe, and one of them be gone astray, doeth he not leaue ninetie & nine, & go into the mountaines, and seeke that which is gone astray? Matthew 18:13 And if so be that he finde it, verely I say vnto you, he reioyceth more of that sheepe, then of the ninetie and nine which went not astray: Matthew 18:14 So is it not ye wil of your Father which is in heauen, that one of these litle ones should perish.
teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:
Matthew 18:15 Moreouer, if thy brother trespasse against thee, goe and tell him his fault betweene thee and him alone: if he heare thee, thou hast wonne thy brother. Matthew 18:16 But if he heare thee not, take yet with thee one or two, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses euery worde may be confirmed. Matthew 18:17 And if he refuse to heare them, tell it vnto the Church: and if he refuse to heare the Church also, let him be vnto thee as an heathen man, and a Publicane. Matthew 18:18 Verely I say vnto you, Whatsoeuer ye bind on earth, shall be bound in heauen: and whatsoeuer ye loose on earth, shalbe loosed in heauen. Matthew 18:19 Againe, verely I say vnto you, that if two of you shal agree in earth vpon any thing, whatsoeuer they shall desire, it shall be giuen 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 mids of them.
and how oft to forgive them:
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, & said, Master, howe oft shall my brother sinne against me, and I shall forgiue him? vnto seuen times? Matthew 18:22 Iesus said vnto him, I say not to thee, Vnto seuen times, but, Vnto seuentie times seuen times.
which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,
Matthew 18:23 Thereefore is the kingdome of heauen likened vnto a certaine King, which would take an account of his seruants. Matthew 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought vnto him, which ought him ten thousand talents. Matthew 18:25 And because he had nothing to pay, his Lord commanded him to be solde, and his wife, and his children, and all that he had, and the dette to be payed. Matthew 18:26 The seruant therefore fell downe, and worshipped him, saying, Lorde, refraine thine anger toward me, and I will pay thee all. Matthew 18:27 Then that seruants Lord had compassion, and loosed him, and forgaue him the dette. Matthew 18:28 But when the seruant was departed, hee found one of his felow seruants, which ought him an hundred pence, & he layde hands on him, and thratled him, saying, Pay me that thou owest. Matthew 18:29 Then his fellow seruant fell downe at his feete, and besought him, saying, Refraine thine anger towards me, and I will pay thee all. Matthew 18:30 Yet he would not, but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the dette. Matthew 18:31 And when his other felowe seruants sawe what was done, they were very sory, & came, and declared vnto their Lord all that was done.
and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.
Matthew 18:32 Then his Lord called him vnto him, and sayd to him, O euil seruant, I forgaue thee all that dette, because thou prayedst me. Matthew 18:33 Oughtest not thou also to haue had pitie on thy fellowe seruant, euen as I had pitie on thee? Matthew 18:34 So his Lord was wroth, and deliuered him to the tormentours, till he should pay all that was due to him. Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall mine heauenly Father doe vnto you, except ye forgiue from your hearts, eche one to his brother their trespasses.