At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them,
and said, "Verily I say unto you, unless ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name, receiveth Me.
But whoso shall cause one of these little ones who believe in Me to fall, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
"Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must happen that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.
Therefore if thy hand or thy foot cause thee to fall, cut them off and cast them from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire.
And if thine eye cause thee to fall, pluck it out and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father who is in Heaven.
"For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.
How think ye? If a man have a hundred sheep and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains and seeketh that which is gone astray?
And if it so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more over that sheep than over the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
"Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that `in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church; but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.
Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and so whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.
"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in Heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them."
Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?"
And Jesus said unto him, "I say not unto thee, until seven times, but until seventy times seven.
"Therefore is the Kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king who would settle accounts with his servants.
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him who owed him ten thousand talents.
But inasmuch as he could not pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant therefore fell down and did homage to him, saying,`Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.'
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred pence. And he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, `Pay me what thou owest.'
And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, `Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.'
And he would not, but went and cast him into prison till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Then his lord, after he had called him, said unto him, `O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me.
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?'
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother's trespasses."