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Matthew 18:1-6 NIV

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

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      2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
      3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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      4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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      5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

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      Causing to Stumble

      6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

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      • a 18:10 - Some manuscripts include here the words of Luke 19:10.
      • b 18:15 - The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verses 21 and 35.
      • c 18:15 - Some manuscripts "sins against you"
      • d 18:16 - Deut. 19:15
      • e 18:18 - Or "will have been"
      • f 18:18 - Or "will have been"
      • g 18:22 - Or "seventy times seven"
      • h 18:24 - Greek "ten thousand talents" ; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wages.
      • i 18:28 - Greek "a hundred denarii" ; a denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see 20:2).