Matthew 18 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Which of us is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" 1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2 Jesus called a small child over to him and put the child among them. 2 He called a little child and had him stand among them.
3 Then he said, "I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 3 And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. 5 "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
6 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck. 6 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
7 "How terrible it will be for anyone who causes others to sin. Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but how terrible it will be for the person who does the tempting. 7 "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!
8 So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to enter heaven crippled or lame than to be thrown into the unquenchable fire with both of your hands and feet. 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to enter heaven half blind than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
10 "Beware that you don't despise a single one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father. 10 "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
11 11 "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 ?
12 "If a shepherd has one hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost one? 12 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.
13 And if he finds it, he will surely rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn't wander away! 13 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father's will that even one of these little ones should perish. 14 "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
15 "If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the fault. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 15 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.'
16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 16 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
17 If that person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. If the church decides you are right, but the other person won't accept it, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. 17 "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
18 I tell you this: Whatever you prohibit on earth is prohibited in heaven, and whatever you allow on earth is allowed in heaven. 18 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
19 "I also tell you this: If two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 19 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
20 For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them." 20 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" 21 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
22 "No!" Jesus replied, "seventy times seven! 22 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
23 "For this reason, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 23 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.
24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 24 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
25 He couldn't pay, so the king ordered that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt. 25 "The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.'
26 But the man fell down before the king and begged him, 'Oh, sir, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.' 26 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
27 Then the king was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. 27 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.
28 "But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. 28 "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
29 His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. 'Be patient and I will pay it,' he pleaded. 29 "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.
30 But his creditor wouldn't wait. He had the man arrested and jailed until the debt could be paid in full. 30 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.
31 "When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him what had happened. 31 "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.
32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, 'You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 32 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'
33 Shouldn't you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?' 33 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison until he had paid every penny. 34 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."
35 "That's what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters in your heart." 35