Matthew 18:1-10 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, "Who gets the highest rank in God's kingdom?" 1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2 For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, 2 He called a little child and had him stand among them.
3 and said, "I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. 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 Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 What's more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it's the same as receiving me. 5 "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
6 "But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you'll soon wish you hadn't. You'd be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your 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 Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don't have to make it worse - and it's doomsday to you if you do. 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 "If your hand or your foot gets in the way of God, chop it off and throw it away. You're better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owners of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire. 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 distracts you from God, pull it out and throw it away. You're better off one-eyed and alive than exercising your twenty-twenty vision from inside the fire of 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 "Watch that you don't treat a single one of these childlike believers arrogantly. You realize, don't you, that their personal angels are constantly in touch with my Father in heaven? 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.