12"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,a go and show him his fault,1 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.'b217If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church;3 and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.418"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will bec bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bed loosed in heaven.519"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you6 by my Father in heaven.20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."7
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?8 Up to seven times?"922
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.e10