Matthew 18:1-9 (New International Version)

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The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

18:1-5pp -- Mk 9:33-37; Lk 9:46-48

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 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.2 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.3 5 "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.4 6 But 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.6 7 "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!7 8 If 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. 9 And 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
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