22 Now while they were gathering themselves together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, but on the third day He will be raised up. And they became greatly sorrowful.
24 As they were entering Capernaum, those collecting the temple tax came to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher pay the half-shekel? 25 He said, Yes. And when they had entered into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect custom or taxes? From their own sons or from aliens? 26 And when he said, From aliens, Jesus said to him, Therefore the sons are exempt. 27 But in order that we may not cause them to stumble, go to the sea, throw your hook in, and take the first fish coming up; and, when you have opened his mouth, you will find a shekel;¹ take this and give it for me and for you.
¹ Greek, stater.
18 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who, therefore, is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 Having called a little child, He stood him in the midst of them 3 and said, In solemn truth I am telling you that, if you do not turn and become as little children, you will under no condition enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever, therefore, will humble himself as this little child, this one is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in my name, receives me. 6 Whoever causes one of these least ones who believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a millstone be tied around his neck, and he be cast into the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling, for it is necessary that occasions of stumbling come; nevertheless, woe to the man through whom the occasion comes.
8 And if your hand or your foot cause you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it away from you; it is good for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than, having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye cause you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you; it is good for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than, having two eyes, to be cast into the Gehenna of fire. 10 See that you not look down with scorn on one of these little ones, for I am telling you that their angels in heaven continually look upon the face of My Father, who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wander away, will he not leave the ninety-nine upon the mountains and go and seek the one straying away? 13 And, if so be that he finds it, solemnly I am telling you that he rejoices more over this one than over the ninety-nine that did not wander away. 14 In like manner it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
15 And if your brother sin, go and show him his fault between you and him alone; and, if he listen to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But, if he will not listen, take with you yet one or two, in order that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 But if he will not listen to them, tell it to the church; and, if he will not listen to the church, let him be to you as a heathen and a taxcollector.
18 In solemn truth I am telling you that whatever you bind upon earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose upon earth shall have been loosed in heaven. 19 Again in solemn truth I am telling you that, if two of you agree upon earth concerning any matter for which they will ask, it shall be done for them by my Father, who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times? 22 Jesus said to him, I say not to you until seven, but until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to make a settlement with his servants. 24 When he began to make this settlement, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.² 25 Since he was not able to make payment, his master ordered that he be sold, his wife, his children, and whatever he had, and that payment should be made. 26 The servant, therefore, falling down, prostrated himself at his feet and said, Be patient with me, and I will pay you all. 27 And the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, released him and canceled the debt. 28 As that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred shillings;³ and, having seized him, he choked him, saying, Pay what you owe. 29 So his fellow servant knelt down and kept beseeching him, saying, Be patient with me, and I will pay you. 30 And he was unwilling, but went away and threw him into prison until he should pay that which was owed. 31 Seeing what had taken place, his fellow servants, therefore, were greatly saddened and went and fully reported to their master all things that had taken place. 32 Then his master called him to him and said, Wicked servant, all that debt I forgave you, since you implored me. 33 Did it not behoove you also to show mercy toward your fellow servant as I had mercy upon you? 34 And his master became enraged and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was owed to him. 35 In like manner also My heavenly Father will do to you if you do not forgive each one his brother from your hearts.
² Ten million dollars.
³ A shillingin American money about seventeen cents.