Matthew 18
1At that time the disciples drew near to Yeshua [God is Salvation] and said to him: ‘Whom do you think is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?’
2He called a small child and placed him in their midst.
3He said: “I say to you, if you do not turn to become like this child, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven”
5“He who receives a child, like this, in my name, receives me”
6“He who causes one of the little children who believe in me to stumble, it would be good for him to tie a millstone around his neck and be cast into the depths of the sea”.
7“Woe to the inhabitants of the world because of confusion, because confusion must come”. He also said: “Woe to the man through whom the confusion comes”
8“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble cut it off and cast it from you; it is better for you to enter into life with one hand or lame than having two hands and two feet for you to be given to everlasting fire”
9“If your eye should cause you to stumble, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have two eyes and be given to Gei-Hinnom [hell, valley of evil counsel]
10“Take heed lest you judge one of the little children. I say to you, their angels always see the sons of my Father Who is in heaven”,
11“and the Son of Man is not saving the enemy”
12“What is your opinion: If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains and go seek the one which has strayed?”
13“If he should find it, truly I say to you he will rejoice over it more than the ninety-nine which did not go astray.”
14“Thus, my Father Who is in heaven does not wish that any of these little children should e lost.”
15At that time Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to Shim’on [he has heard]; called Kefa [pebble] “If your brother sins against you, reprove him privately. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother”.
16“If he does not listen to you, reprove him before another; if by every oath he does not listen to you, add still one or two in order that your words might be before two or three witnesses, because by two or three witnesses a word will be established”.
17“If by every oath he does not listen, tell it in the assembly; and if he does not listen to the assembly consider him as ostracized, an enemy and cruel”.
18“Truly I say to you that every oath which you shall bind on earth will be bound in heaven and every oath which you shall loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”.
19“Also, I say to you, if two of you wish to make peace on earth, everything which you ask will be yours from my Father Who is in heaven”.
20“In every place where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in their midst”.
21Then Kefa [pebble] drew near to him saying: ‘My Adon [Lord - Kurios of the earth], if my brother sins against me, shall I forgive him unto seven times?’
22Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to him: “I do not say to you ‘unto seven’ but ‘unto seventy-seven’”
23At that time Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to his disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who sat to make a reckoning with his servants and ministers”.
24“As he began to reckon one came who owed about ten thousand pieces of gold”.
25“But he had nothing to give and his master commanded to sell him and his children and all which was his to repay the value”.
26“The slave fell before his master and implored him to have pity on him and to be patient with him because he would repay everything”.
27“Then his master had pity on him and forgave him everything”.
28“But that slave went out and found one of his comrades who owed him a hundred pieces of money and he grasped him and struck him saying: Pay back what you owe”.
29“So his comrade fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Trust me and be patient with me and I will repay everything’”.
30“But he was not willing to listen to him; so he brought him to the prison until he repaid him everything”.
31“The servants of the king saw that which he did and they were very angry and told their master”.
32“Then his master called him and said to him: ‘Cursed slave, did I not forgive you all your debt when you placated me’”?
33“‘So why did you not forgive your slave when he supplicated you, as I forgave you?’”
34“His master was angry with him and commanded to afflict him until he should repay him all the debt”.
35“Thus will my Father Who is in heaven do to you if you do not forgive each man his brother with a perfect heart”

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