Matthew 18 Sawyer - AT that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who is



1 AT that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And calling a little child, he set it in the midst of them, 3 and said, I tell you truly, that if you do not turn and become like little children, you can by no means enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this little child, shall be greatest in the kingdom of heaven; 5 and whoever receives one such little child in my name, receives me;
6 but whoever offends one of these little ones that believe in me, it would be better for him that a millstone should be hung to his neck, and that he should be plunged into the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must necessarily come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! 8 If your hand or foot offends you, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame, or crippled, than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye offends you, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life having one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire.
10 See that you despise not one of these little ones; for I tell you that their angels always behold the face of my Father in heaven. 11 (Added verse not retained in Sawyer) 12 What think you? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them is lost, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain, and go and seek for the lost one? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you truly that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which were not lost. 14 So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
15 But if your brother sins against you, go and reprove him between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not hear you, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established; 17 and if he will not hear them, tell the assembly; and if he will not hear the assembly, let him be to you as a gentile and a publican. 18 I tell you truly, that whatever you bind on the earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you unbind on the earth shall be unbound in heaven. 19 Again, I tell you, that if two of you shall agree on the earth concerning any thing for which they shall ask, they shall have it from my Father in heaven; 20 for where two or three are assembled together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
21 Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times?
22 Jesus said to him, I say not to you till seven times, but till seventy times seven. 23 On this account, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wished to settle with his servants. 24 And beginning to settle, a debtor of ten thousand talents [$10,000,000] was brought to him. 25 And he having nothing to pay, the lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 Then the servant fell down and worshipped him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay all. 27 And the lord of that servant having compassion on him released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But that servant went out and found one of his fellow-servants who owed him one hundred denarii [$14], and seizing him, he choked him, saying, Pay what you owe me.
29 Then his fellow-servant fell down and besought him, saying, Have patience with me and I will pay you. 30 But he would not; but went and cast him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 Then his fellow-servants seeing what was done, were greatly displeased, and went and related to their lord all things that were done.
32 Then his lord called him, and said to him, Evil servant; I forgave you all that debt because you besought me [to do it]. 33 Ought you not also to pity your fellow-servant, as I pitied you? 34 And his lord was displeased, and delivered him to the tormentors till he should pay all the debt. 35 So also will my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not each one his brother from your hearts.