11At that atime the disciplescame to Jesus and said, "2Whothen is greatest in the kingdom of heaven ?"
And He called a child to Himself and set him bbefore them,
and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you care converted and 3becomelikechildren, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.4"Whoeverthenhumbleshimself as thischild, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.5"And whoeverreceivesonesuchchild in My namereceives Me;6but 4whoever5causesone of theselittleones who believe in Me to stumble, it dwould be better for him to have a eheavymillstonehungaround his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
7"Woe to the worldbecause of its stumblingblocks ! For 6it is inevitable that stumblingblockscome ; but woe to that manthroughwhom the stumblingblockcomes !8"7If your handor your footcauses you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enterlifecrippledorlame, thanfto havetwohandsortwofeet and be cast into the eternalfire.9"8If your eyecauses you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enterlife with oneeye, thangto havetwoeyes and be cast into the h9fieryhell.10"See that you do not despiseone of theselittleones, for I say to you that 10their angels in heavencontinuallysee the face of My Father who is in heaven.11
["i11For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]
12"What do you think ? 12Ifanymanhas a hundredsheep, and one of them has goneastray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying ?13"If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoicesover it morethanover the ninety-nine which have not goneastray.14"So it is not the willjof your Father who is in heaven that one of theselittleonesperish.
15"13If your brothersinsk, go and lshow him his faultmin private ; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.16"But if he does not listen to you, takeoneortwomore with you, so that 14BY THE MOUTH OF TWOORTHREEWITNESSESEVERYnFACT MAY BE CONFIRMED.17"If he refuses to listen to them, 15tell it to the church ; and if he refuses to listeneven to the church, 16let him be to you as oa Gentile and pa taxcollector.18"Truly I say to you, 17whatever you qbind on earthrshall have been bound in heaven ; and whatever you sloose on earthtshall have been loosed in heaven.19"Again I say to you, that iftwo of you agree on earthaboutanything that they may ask, 18it shall be done for them uby My Father who is in heaven.20"For wheretwoorthree have gatheredtogether in My name, 19I amthere in their midst."
21ThenPetercame and said to Him, "Lord, 20howoften shall my brothersinagainst me and I forgive him? Up to 21seventimes ?"
22Jesussaid to him, "I do not say to you, up to seventimes, but up to 22seventytimesseven.23"For thisreason23the kingdom of heavenvmay be compared to a kingwhowished to 24settleaccounts with his slaves.24"When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him wtenthousandtalents was brought to him.25"But since he x25did not have the means to repay, his lordcommanded him 26to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.26"So the slavefell to the ground and 27prostratedhimselfbefore him, saying, 'Havepatience with me and I will repay you everything.'27"And the lord of that slavefeltcompassion and released him and 28forgave him the ydebt.28"But that slavewent out and foundone of his fellowslaveswhoowed him a hundredzdenarii ; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Paybackwhat you owe.'29"So his fellowslavefell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, 'Havepatience with me and I will repay you.'30"But he was unwillingaaand went and threw him in prisonuntil he should paybackwhat was owed.31"So when his fellowslavessawwhat had happened, they were deeplygrieved and came and reported to their lordall that had happened.32"Thensummoning him, his lordsaid to him, 'You wickedslave, I forgave you all that debtbecause you pleaded with me.33'29Should you not also have hadmercy on your fellowslave, in the sameway that I hadmercy on you?'34"And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturersuntil he should repayall that was owed him.35"30My heavenlyFather will alsodo the same to you, ifeach of you does not forgive his brother from bbyour heart."