Matthew 18:10-35 NIV

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

18:12-14pp -- Lk 15:4-7

10 "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels1 in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.a

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    • a 18:10 - Some manuscripts "heaven. 11 The Son of Man came to save what was lost."
      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 ?
      13 And 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.
      14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

      A Brother Who Sins Against You

      15 "If your brother sins against you,b go and show him his fault,2 just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.

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        • b 18:15 - Some manuscripts do not have "against you."
          16 But 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.'c3

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          17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church;4 and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.5

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          18 "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.6

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            • d 18:18 - Or "have been"
            • e 18:18 - Or "have been"
              19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you7 by my Father in heaven.

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              20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."8

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              The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

              21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?9 Up to seven times?"10

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              22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.f11

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                • f 18:22 - Or "seventy times seven"
                  23 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like12 a king who wanted to settle accounts13 with his servants.

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                  24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talentsg was brought to him.

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                    • g 18:24 - That is, millions of dollars
                      25 Since he was not able to pay,14 the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold15 to repay the debt.

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                      26 "The servant fell on his knees before him.16 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.'

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                      27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
                      28 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.h He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.

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                        • h 18:28 - That is, a few dollars
                          29 "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
                          30 "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.
                          31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.
                          32 "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.
                          33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'
                          34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
                          35 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."17

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