18:1 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who then is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?
2 And calling a little child to him, he placed it in the midst of them,
3 and said: Verily I say to you, unless you turn and become as little children, you shall in no way enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
4 Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.
5 And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name, receives me.
6 But whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that an upper millstone were hung about his neck and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Alas for the world because of offenses; for it is necessary that offenses come, yet alas for the man through whom the offense comes.
8 But if thy hand or thy foot offends thee, cut it off and throw it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire.
9 And if thy eye offends thee, pull it out and throw it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you, that their angels in the heavens do always behold the face of my Father who is in the heavens.
12 What think you? If any man have a hundred sheep, and one of them go astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains, and go and seek for that which went astray?
13 And if it happen that he find it, verily I say to you, that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that went not astray.
14 So it is not the will of your Father who is in the heavens that one of these little ones perish.
15 And if thy brother sin, go, tell him of his fault between thee and him alone; if he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he hear thee not, take with thee one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 But if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church; and if he refuse to hear the church also, let him be to thee as a heathen and a publican.
18 Verily I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again, I say to you that if two of you on earth shall agree concerning any thing what ever they will ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in the heavens.
20 For where there are two or three that have come together for my name, there am I in the midst of them.
21 Then came Peter and said to him: Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times?
22 Jesus says to him: I say not to thee, till seven times, but till seventy times seven.
23 For this reason the kingdom of the heavens is likened to a man, a king, who wished to take up a settlement with his servants.
24 And when he had begun to settle, there was brought to him one that owed him ten thousand talents.
25 And as he was not able to pay, the lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 Falling down therefore, that servant worshipped him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 And the lord of that servant moved with pity loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants that owed him a hundred denarii; and laying hold on him he took him by the throat, saying: Pay, if thou owest any thing.
29 Falling down therefore, his fellow servant besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee.
30 But he would not; but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
31 Therefore his fellow servants seeing what had been done, were greatly grieved, and came and made known to their lord all that had been done.
32 Then his lord called him and said to him: Wicked servant, all that debt I forgave thee, because thou didst entreat me:
33 did it not behoove thee also to have mercy on thy fellow servant, as I also had mercy on thee?
34 And being angry his lord delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due him.
35 So also will my heavenly Father do to you, if you from your hearts forgive not each one his brother.