Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:
Matthew 18:1 In that hour came, the disciples unto Jesus, sayingWho then is, greatest, in the kingdom of the heavens? Matthew 18:2 And, calling near a child, he set it in the midst of them, Matthew 18:3 and saidVerily, I say unto you, Except ye turn and become as the children, in nowise, shall ye enter into the kingdom of the heavens. Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this child, the same, is the greatest, in the kingdom of the heavens; Matthew 18:5 And, whosoever shall give welcome unto one such child as this, upon my name, unto me, giveth welcome. Matthew 18:6 And, whosoever shall cause to stumble one of these little ones who believe in me, it profiteth him, that there be hung a large mill-stone about his neck, and he be sunk in the wide main of the sea.
to avoid offences, and not to despise the little ones:
Matthew 18:7 Alas for the world! by reason of the causes of stumbling; for it is, necessary, that the causes of stumbling come,nevertheless, alas for the man through whom the cause of stumbling cometh! Matthew 18:8 But, if, thy hand or thy foot, be causing thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: It is, seemly for thee, to enter into life, maimed or lame, rather than, having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the age-abiding fire. Matthew 18:9 And, if, thine eye, causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: It is, seemly, for thee, one-eyed, into life, to enter, rather than, having two eyes, to be cast into the fiery gehenna. Matthew 18:10 Beware! do not despise one of these little ones; For I say unto youthat, their messengers in the heavens, do, continually, behold the face of my Father in the heavens. Matthew 18:11 [Absent] Matthew 18:12 How, to you, doth it seem? If a certain man come to have a hundred sheep and one from among them go astray, Will he not leave the ninety-nine upon the mountains, and going, seek the straying one? Matthew 18:13 And, if it should be that he find it, Verily, I say unto youHe rejoiceth over it, more than over the ninety-nine that have not gone astray. Matthew 18:14 Thus, there is no desire, in the presence of my Father who is in the heavens, that, one of these little ones, should be lost.
teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:
Matthew 18:15 But, if thy brother sin, withdraw, convince him, betwixt thee and him, alone,If unto thee he hearken, thou hast gained thy brother; Matthew 18:16 But, if he do not hearken, take with thee, yet one or two, that, at the mouth of two witnesses or three, every declaration, maybe established; Matthew 18:17 But, if he hear them amiss, tell it to the assembly,And, if, even the assembly, he hear amiss, Let him be unto thee, just as the man of the nations and the tax-collector. Matthew 18:18 Verily, I say unto youWhatsoever things ye shall bind on the earth, shall be bound in heaven; and, whatsoever things ye shall loose on the earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Again, [verily] I say unto youIf two from among you shall agree upon the earth concerning any matter, whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be brought to pass for them, from my Father who is in the heavens; Matthew 18:20 For, where there are two or three, gathered together into my name, there, am I, in their midst.
and how oft to forgive them:
Matthew 18:21 Then, coming near, Peter said [to him]Lord! how many times, shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until, seven, times? Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith to himI say not unto thee, unto, seven, times, but, until seventy times seven.
which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,
Matthew 18:23 For this cause, hath the kingdom of the heavens become like unto a man, a king, who wished to settle an account with his servants; Matthew 18:24 And, when he, began, to settle, there was brought unto him a, certain, debtor, of a thousand talents; Matthew 18:25 and, he, not having, wherewith to pay, the master ordered him to be sold, and the wife, and the children, and whatsoever he had,and payment to be made. Matthew 18:26 The servant therefore, falling down, began to do homage unto him, sayingHave patience with me, and, all, will I pay thee. Matthew 18:27 And, moved with compassion, the master of that servant released him, and, the loan, he, forgave, him. Matthew 18:28 But that servant, going out, found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him, a hundred denaries, and, laying hold of him, he began seizing him by the throat, saying, Pay! if anything thou owest. Matthew 18:29 His fellow servant, therefore, falling down, began beseeching him, saying, Have patience with me! And I will pay thee. Matthew 18:30 He, however, would not, but went away and cast him into prison,until he should pay what was owing. Matthew 18:31 His fellow-servants, therefore, seeing, the things that were done, were grieved exceedingly,and went and made quite plain to their master all the things which had been done.
and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.
Matthew 18:32 Then, calling him near, his master saith unto himO wicked servant! All that debt, forgave I thee, because thou didst beseech me. Matthew 18:33 Was it not binding, upon thee also, to have mercy upon thy fellow-servant, as, I also, on thee, had mercy? Matthew 18:34 And, provoked to anger, his master delivered him up to the torturers, until he should pay all that was owing. Matthew 18:35 Thus, my heavenly Father also, will do unto you, if ye forgive not each one his brother, from your hearts.