At that time the disciples came to Jesus. They asked him, "Who is the most important person in the kingdom of heaven?"
Jesus called a little child over to him. He had the child stand among them.
Jesus said, "What I'm about to tell you is true. You need to change and become like little children. If you don't, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Anyone who becomes as free of pride as this child is the most important in the kingdom of heaven.
"Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
"But what if someone leads one of these little ones who believe in me to sin? If he does, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be drowned at the bottom of the sea.
"How terrible it will be for the world because of the things that lead people to sin! Things like that must come. But how terrible for those who cause them!
"If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It would be better for you to enter the kingdom of heaven with only one hand or one foot than to go into hell with two hands and two feet. In hell the fire burns forever.
If your eye causes you to sin, poke it out and throw it away. It would be better for you to enter the kingdom of heaven with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.