Matthew 18:1-35, NLT
The Greatest in the Kingdom
1About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
2Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them.
5“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf*18:5 Greek in my name. is welcoming me.
7“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.
10“Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.*18:10 Some manuscripts add verse 11, And the Son of Man came to save those who are lost. Compare Luke 19:10.
Parable of the Lost Sheep
12“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?
Correcting Another Believer
15“If another believer*18:15a Greek If your brother. sins against you,*18:15b Some manuscripts do not include against you. go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.
19“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.
Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor
21Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone*18:21 Greek my brother. who sins against me? Seven times?”
22“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!*18:22 Or seventy-seven times.
23“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.
26“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’
28“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.*18:28 Greek 100 denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
29“His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded.
31“When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened.
35“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters*18:35 Greek your brother. from your heart.”