Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:
Matthew 18:1 The same tyme the disciples came vnto Iesus sayinge: who is the greatest in the kyngdom of heauen Matthew 18:2 Iesus called a chylde vnto hym, and set hym in the middes of them: Matthew 18:3 and sayde. Verely I saye vnto you: excepte ye tourne, and become as chyldren, ye cannot enter into the kyngedome of heauen. Matthew 18:4 Who soeuer therfore humble hym selfe as thys chylde, the same is the greatest in the kyngedom of heauen. Matthew 18:5 And whosoeuer receyueth suche a chylde in my name, receyueth me. Matthew 18:6 But whosoeuer offende one of these litelone, whych beleue in me: it were better for hym, 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 worlde because of offences. Howe be it, it cannot be auoyded but that offences shall be geuen. Neuerthelesse woo be to the man, by whome the offence cometh. Matthew 18:8 Wherfore if thy hande or thy fote offende the, cut hym of and cast hym from the. It is better for the to enter into lyfe halte or maymed, rather then thou shouldest hauinge two handes or two fete, be cast into euerlastynge fyre. Matthew 18:9 And if also thyne eye offende the, plucke hym out and cast hym from the. It is better for the to entre into lyfe with one eye, then hauyng two eyes to be cast into hell fyre. Matthew 18:10 Se that ye not dispise not one of these litelones. For I saye vnto you, that in heauen their aungels alwaies behold the face of my father which is in heauen. Matthew 18:11 Yea, and the sonne of man is come to saue that whych is lost. Matthew 18:12 Howe thynke ye? If a man haue an hundred shepe, & one of them be gone astray, doth he not leaue nynty and nyne in the mountaynes, and go & seke that one whych is gone astraye. Matthew 18:13 If it happen that he fynde him, verely I say vnto you: he reioyseth more of that shepe, then of þe nyntye and nyne, which went not astray. Matthew 18:14 Euen so it is not the wil of your father in heauen, that one of these litelons shoulde perish.
teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:
Matthew 18:15 Moreouer, if thy brother trespase agaynst the, Go and tell hym hys fault betwene hym and the alone. If he heare the, thou hast wonne thy brother. Matthew 18:16 But if he heare the not, then take yet with the one or two, that in the mouthe of two or thre witnesses, all thynges may be stablished. Matthew 18:17 If he heare not them, tell it vnto the congregacion. If he heare not the congregacion, take hym as a Heathen man, & as a publican. Matthew 18:18 Verely I saye vnto you, whatsoeuer ye bynde on earth, shalbe bounde in heauen. And whatsoeuer ye lowse on erth, shalbe lowsed in heauen. Matthew 18:19 Agayne I say vnto you, that if two of you shall agre in earth vpon any maner thyng whatsoeuer they shall desire: it shalbe geuen them of my father whyche is in heauen. Matthew 18:20 For where two or thre are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middes of them.
and how oft to forgive them:
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to hym, & sayde: master howe ofte shall I forgeue my brother, if he synne agaynst me, seuen tymes? Matthew 18:22 Iesus sayde vnto hym: I say not vnto the seuen times: but seuenty times seuen tymes.
which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,
Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kyngedom of heauen lykened vnto a certayne kyng, whithe woulde take a countes of hys seruauntes. Matthew 18:24 And when he had begon to recken: one was broughte vnto hym: which ought hym ten thousand talentes, Matthew 18:25 whome because he had noughte to paye, hys master commaunded him to be solde, and his wyfe, and hys chyldren, and all that he had, & payment to be made. Matthew 18:26 The seruaunt fel doune and besought hym sayinge: Syr geue me respyte, and I will paye it euery whyt. Matthew 18:27 Then had the Lord pitye on that seruaunt, & lowsed him and forgaue hym the dette. Matthew 18:28 And the sayd seruaunt went out & found one of hys felowes, which ought him an hundred pence, & layed handes on him, & toke hym by the throote sayinge: paye me that thou owest. Matthew 18:29 And hys felowe fell doune & besoughte hym, saying: haue pacience with me, and I wil pay the all. Matthew 18:30 But he woulde not, but wente and cast hym into pryson till he shoulde pay the det. Matthew 18:31 When hys other felowes sawe what was done, they were very sory, and came and told vnto theyr Lord all that had happened.
and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.
Matthew 18:32 Then his Lorde called hym, and sayde vnto hym. O euill seruaunt I forgaue the al that det, because thou praiest me: Matthew 18:33 was it not mete also that thou shouldest haue had compassion on thy felow, euen as I had pitie on the? Matthew 18:34 And his lord was wroth and deliuered him to the iaylers, til he should paye all that was due to hym. Matthew 18:35 So likewyse shal my heauenly father do vnto you except ye forgeue with your hertes, eache one to hys brother theyr trespasses.