18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, had him stand among them, 3 and said, “I tell you the truth, 1 unless you turn around and become like little children, 2 you will never 3 enter the kingdom of heaven! 4 Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes 4 a child like this in my name welcomes me.
6 “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, 5 it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 6 hung around his neck and to be drowned in the open sea. 7 7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! It 8 is necessary that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom they come. 8 If 9 your hand or your foot causes you to sin, 10 cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to have 11 two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have 12 two eyes and be thrown into fiery hell. 13
10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 11 [[EMPTY]] 14 12 What do you think? If someone 15 owns a hundred 16 sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? 17 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, 18 he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.
15 “If 19 your brother 20 sins, 21 go and show him his fault 22 when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 23 17 If 24 he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If 25 he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like 26 a Gentile 27 or a tax collector. 28
18 “I tell you the truth, 29 whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 19 Again, I tell you the truth, 30 if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 31 20 For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.”
21 Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother 32 who sins against me? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times! 33
23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 34 24 As 35 he began settling his accounts, a man who owed ten thousand talents 36 was brought to him. 25 Because 37 he was not able to repay it, 38 the lord ordered him to be sold, along with 39 his wife, children, and whatever he possessed, and repayment to be made. 26 Then the slave threw himself to the ground 40 before him, saying, 41 ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you everything.’ 27 The lord had compassion on that slave and released him, and forgave him the debt. 28 After 42 he went out, that same slave found one of his fellow slaves who owed him one hundred silver coins. 43 So 44 he grabbed him by the throat and started to choke him, 45 saying, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ 46 29 Then his fellow slave threw himself down and begged him, 47 ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you.’ 30 But he refused. Instead, he went out and threw him in prison until he repaid the debt. 31 When 48 his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were very upset and went and told their lord everything that had taken place. 32 Then his lord called the first slave 49 and said to him, ‘Evil slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me! 33 Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’ 34 And in anger his lord turned him over to the prison guards to torture him 50 until he repaid all he owed. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your 51 brother 52 from your heart.”
19 Now when 1 Jesus finished these sayings, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan River. 2 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3 Then some Pharisees 3 came to him in order to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful 4 to divorce a wife for any cause?” 5 4 He answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female, 6 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 7 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?” 8 8 Jesus 9 said to them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of your hard hearts, 10 but from the beginning it was not this way. 9 Now I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another commits adultery.” 10 The 11 disciples said to him, “If this is the case of a husband with a wife, it is better not to marry!” 11 He 12 said to them, “Not everyone can accept this statement, except those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are some eunuchs who were that way from birth, 13 and some who were made eunuchs 14 by others, 15 and some who became eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this should accept it.”
13 Then little children were brought to him for him to lay his hands on them and pray. 16 But the disciples scolded those who brought them. 17 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 18 15 And he placed his hands on them and went on his way. 19
16 Now 20 someone came up to him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to gain eternal life?” 17 He said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he asked. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother, 21 and love your neighbor as yourself.” 22 20 The young man said to him, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 23 all these laws. 24 What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give the money 25 to the poor, and you will have treasure 26 in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. 27
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, 28 it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! 24 Again I say, 29 it is easier for a camel 30 to go through the eye of a needle 31 than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” 25 The 32 disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved?” 33 26 Jesus 34 looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, 35 but for God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said 36 to him, “Look, 37 we have left everything to follow you! 38 What then will there be for us?” 28 Jesus 39 said to them, “I tell you the truth: 40 In the age when all things are renewed, 41 when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging 42 the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much 43 and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.