Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:
Matthew 18:1 At the same tyme came þe disciples vnto Iesus, sayinge: who is the greatest in þe kyngdom of heauen? Matthew 18:2 Iesus called a chylde vnto hym, & set him in þe myddes of them, Matthew 18:3 & sayd: Uerely I saye vnto you except ye turne, & become as chyldren, ye shall not enter into þe kyngdom of heauen. Matthew 18:4 Whosoeuer therfore humbleth him selfe, as this childe, the same is the greatest in the kyngdom of heauen. Matthew 18:5 And whoso receaueth such a chyld in my name, receaueth me. Matthew 18:6 But whoso doth offende one of these lytleons whych beleue in me: it were better for hym, that a mylstone were hanged aboute hys necke, & that he were 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 offences. Necessary it is that offences come: But wo vnto the man, by whom the offence commeth. Matthew 18:8 Wherfore yf thy hande or thy fote hinder the, cut him of & cast it from the. It is better for the to enter into lyfe halt or maymed, rather then thou shuldest (hauinge two handes or two fete) be cast into euerlastyng fyre. Matthew 18:9 And yf thyne eye offende the, plucke it oute, and caste it from the. It is better for the to enter into lyfe wt one eye, rather then (hauyng two eyes) to be cast into hell fyre. Matthew 18:10 Take hede: that ye despyse not one of these lytelones. For I saye vnto you, þt in heauen their angels do alwayes beholde the face of my father, whych is in heauen. Matthew 18:11 For þe sonne of man is come to saue that whych was lost. Matthew 18:12 How thynke ye If a man haue an hundred shepe, & one of them be gone astray, doth he not leaue nynty & nyne in þe mountains, & goeth & seketh þt was gone astraye? Matthew 18:13 And If it happen þt he fynd it, verely I saye vnto you: he reioyseth more of þt shepe then of þe nynti & nyne which went not astray. Matthew 18:14 Euen so it is not þe wyll of youre father in heauen, þt one of these lytelons shulde perysshe.
teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:
Matthew 18:15 Moreouer yf thy brother treaspace agaynst the, go & tell hym hys faute betwene him & the alone. If he heare the, þu hast wonne thy brother: Matthew 18:16 But yf he heare þe not, then take yet wyth the one or two, þt in the mouth of two or .iij. witnesses, euery mater may be stablysshed. Matthew 18:17 If he heare not them, tell it vnto the congregacyon. If he heare not the congregacion let him be vnto þe as anhethen man & as a publican. Matthew 18:18 Uerely I saye vnto you: whatsoeuer ye bynde on erth, shalbe bounde in heauen. And whatsoeuer ye lose on erth, shalbe lowsed in heauen. Matthew 18:19 Agayne I saye vnto you þt yf two of you agree in erthe vpon eny maner a thynge, whatsoeuer they desyre: they shall haue it of my father which is in heauen. Matthew 18:20 For where two or thre are gathered to gether in my name, there am I in þe myddes of them
and how oft to forgive them:
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to hym, & sayde: Lorde howe oft shall I forgeue my brother, yf he synne agaynst me: Tyll seuen tymes? Matthew 18:22 Iesus sayeth vnto hym: I saye not vnto the vntill seuen tymes: but seuenty tymes seuen tymes.
which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,
Matthew 18:23 Therfore is the kyngdom of heauen lykened vnto a certaine man þt was a king, which wolde take acountes of hys seruauntes. Matthew 18:24 And when he had begone to recken, one was brought vnto him, whych ought him ten thousand talentes, Matthew 18:25 but forasmoch as he was not able to paye, his Lord commaunded him to be solde, & hys wyfe & chyldren, & all þt he had, and payment to be made. Matthew 18:26 The seruaunt fell doune, & & be sought him, saying: Syr, haue pacience wt me, and I wyll paye the all. Matthew 18:27 Then had the Lorde pytie on that seruaunt, & lowsed hym and forgaue hym the det. Matthew 18:28 So the same seruaunt, went out, & founde out of hys felowes which ought him an hundred pence: & he layed handes on hym, & toke him by the throte, saying: paye þt thou owest. Matthew 18:29 And his felowe fell downe, & besought hym saying: haue pacyence wt me, & I wyll paye þe all. Matthew 18:30 And he wolde not, but went, & cast hym into preson, tyll he shulde paye the det. Matthew 18:31 So, when his felowes sawe what was done, they were very sory, and came, & tolde vnto their Lord all that had happened.
and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.
Matthew 18:32 Then his Lord called hym & sayd vnto hym: O thou vngracyous seruaunt, I forgaue the all that det, whan thou desyredst me: Matthew 18:33 shuldest not thou also haue had compassion on thy felow, euen as I had pytie on the? Matthew 18:34 And hys Lorde was wrooth, & delyuered him to the iaylers, tyll he shuld paye all þt was due vnto hym. Matthew 18:35 So lyke wyse shall my heauenly father do also vnto you yf ye from youre hertes, forgeue not (euery one his brother) theyr trespases.