Matthew 18:15-20

Dealing With Sin in the Church

15 “If your brother or sister [a] sins, [b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c]
17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e] loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 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.
ESV
15 "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
NLT
15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.
MSG
15 "If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him - work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you've made a friend.
CSB
15 "If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.

Matthew 18:15-20 In-Context

13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Leviticus 19:17; Luke 17:3; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19,20
  • 2. Numbers 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6; Deuteronomy 19:15; John 8:17; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19; Hebrews 10:28
  • 3. 1 Corinthians 6:1-6
  • 4. S Romans 16:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14
  • 5. Matthew 16:19; John 20:23
  • 6. S Matthew 7:7
  • 7. S Matthew 28:20

Footnotes 5

  • [a]. The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verses 21 and 35.
  • [b]. Some manuscripts "sins against you"
  • [c]. Deut. 19:15
  • [d]. Or "will have been"
  • [e]. Or "will have been"
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