At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
He called a little child and had him stand among them.
And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,1 you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.24Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.35"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.46But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,5 it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.67"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!78If your hand or your foot causes you to sin,8 cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.9And if your eye causes you to sin,9 gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.10
10"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels11 in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.a12"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off ?13And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.14In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
15"If your brother sins against you,b go and show him his fault,12 just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'c1317If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church;14 and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.1518"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will bed bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bee loosed in heaven.1619"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you17 by my Father in heaven.20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."18