Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 18]

     {Mar 9:33-50 & Mat 18:1-14 & Luk 9:46-50 Sept. 29 AD.}

     18:1 The disciples came to Jesus in that hour, saying, Who then is greater in the kingdom of the heavens?

     18:2 And Jesus, having called to him a child, stood it in the midst of them, 18:3 and said, Assuredly I am saying to you*, If you* do not turn and become like little children, you* should never enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 18:4Therefore, who will be humbling himself like this little child, this one is the greater one in the kingdom of the heavens. 18:5And whoever accepts one such child in my name, accepts me. 18:6But whoever offends one of these little ones who believes in me, it is moreadvantageous for him that* a millstone, the ones rotated by a donkey, should be hung at his neck, andthat*he should be sunk in the deep-sea of the sea.

     18:7Woe to the world from the coming offenses! For* it is a necessity for the offenses to come; however, woe to that man through whom the offense comes! 18:8Now if your hand or your foot is offending you, cut both of them off and cast them from you. It is good for you to enter into life lame or crippled, rather than to be cast into the everlasting fire, having two hands or two feet. 18:9And if your eye is offending you, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is good for you to enter into life one-eyed, rather than having two eyes, and to be cast into the hell of fire.

     18:10See* that you* do not despise one of these little ones; for* I say to you*, that in the heavens their messengers are always looking at the face of my Father who is in the heavens. 18:11For* the Son of Man came to save what has been lost.

     {Similar: Mat 18:12-14, Luk 15:3-7}

     18:12What are you* thinking? If there should happen to be any man who has a hundred sheep, and one out of them might be misled, does he not seek the one which is misled, having left the ninety nine, traveling upon the mountains? 18:13And if he happens to find it, assuredly I am saying to you*, He rejoices over it more than over the ninety nine which have not been misled. 18:14So it is also not the will before your* Father who is in the heavens, that* one of these little ones should perish.

     {Mat 18:15-35; no parallel.}

     18:15Now if your brother sins against{Greek: at or toward} you, proceed away and reprove him,the sin is between you and him only; if he hears you, you have gained your brother. 18:16But if he does not hear you, take with you one or two more, in order that, 'at the mouth of two or three witnesses every declaration should be established.' {Deu 19:15}18:17But if he should refuse to hear them, tell it to the congregation*, and if he also should refuse to hear the congregation*, let him be just-like the Gentile and the tax collector to you.

     18:18 Assuredly, I am saying to you* again, As many things as you* would bind upon the earth will have already been bound in heaven, and as many things as you* would loose upon earth will havealready been loosed in heaven. 18:19Assuredly I say to you* again, that assuredly if two out of you*agree together upon the earth concerning any matter, whatever they ask, it will happen for them from my Father who is in the heavens. 18:20For* where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.

     18:21 Then Peter came near to him and said, Lord, how-often will my brother sin against {Greek: at or toward}me and I will forgive him? Until seven-times?

     18:22 Jesus says to him, I do not say to you, Until seven times, but, until seventy-times seven-times.18:23 Because of this, the kingdom of the heavens was compared to a man: a king who wished to settle the account with his bondservants. 18:24Now having begun to settle the account, one man was brought to him, a debtor of ten-thousand silver talants{170 million dollars US}. 18:25But he did not have anything to repay him with, so his lord commanded him and his wife and children and all things, as many things as he was holding, to be sold* and the money to be repaid to him.

     18:26 Therefore the bondservant having fallen down, was worshiping him, saying, Lord, have patience upon me, and I will be repaying all of it to you. 18:27But the lord of that bondservant, having compassion on him, released him and forgave him the loan.

     18:28But that bondservant went out and found one of his fellow bondservants who owed him a hundred denarii, and he took-hold of him, and was choking him, saying, Repay if you are owing me anything.

     18:29 Therefore his fellow bondservant, having fallen at his feet, was pleading with him, saying, Have patience upon me and I will be repaying you. 18:30But he did not wish to, but having gone away he cast him into prison, until he should repay what is owed. 18:31But his fellow bondservants, having seen the things which had happened, were extremely sorrowful. And they came to their own lord, and they told all the things which had happened.

     18:32Then his lord called him, and says to him, You evil bondservant, I forgave you all that debt, since you pleaded with me. 18:33Was it not essential for you to show-mercy also on your fellow bondservant, like I also showed-mercy to you. 18:34And his lord was angry, and gave him to the torturers until he should repay everything which is owed to him. 18:35So my heavenly Father will also be doing* to you*, if each of you* does not forgive his brother his trespasses from your* hearts.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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