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18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.
18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
18:29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
18:31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Matthew
Chapter: 18

The importance of Humility. (1-6) Caution against offences.
(7-14) The removal of offences. (15-20) Conduct towards
brethren, The Parable of the unmerciful servant. (21-35)

1-6 Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of
his Glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the
others. Many Love to hear and speak of privileges and Glory, who
are willing to pass By the thoughts of work and trouble. Our
Lord set a little Child before them, solemnly assuring them,
that unless they were converted and made like little children,
they could not enter his kingdom. Children, when very young, do
not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are
free from malice, are teachable, and willingly dependent On
their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other
dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early Age;
but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems
of the lowly minds of true Christians. Surely we need to be
daily renewed in the Spirit of our minds, that we may become
simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the
least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our
own spirits.

7-14 Considering the cunning and malice of Satan, and the
weakness and depravity of men's hearts, it is not possible but
that there should be offences. God permits them for Wise and
holy ends, that those who are sincere, and those who are not,
may be made known. Being told before, that there will be
seducers, tempters, persecutors, and bad examples, let us stand
On our Guard. We must, as far as lawfully we may, part with what
we cannot keep without being entangled By it in Sin. The outward
occasions of Sin must be avoided. If we live after the Flesh, we
must die. If we, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the
body, we shall live. Christ came into the world to save souls,
and he will reckon severely with those who hinder the progress
of others who are setting their faces heavenward. And shall any
of us refuse attention to those whom the Son of God came to seek
and to save? A Father takes care of all his children, but is
particularly tender of the little ones.

15-20 If a professed Christian is wronged By another, he ought
not to complain of it to others, as is often done merely upon
report, but to go to the offender privately, state the matter
kindly, and show him his conduct. This would generally have all
the desired effect with a true Christian, and the parties would
be reconciled. The principles of these rules may be practised
every where, and under all circumstances, though they are too
much neglected By all. But how few try the method which Christ
has expressly enjoined to all his disciples! In all our
proceedings we should seek direction in Prayer; we cannot too
highly prize the promises of God. Wherever and whenever we meet
in the name of Christ, we should consider him as present in the
midst of us.

21-35 Though we live wholly On Mercy and forgiveness, we are
backward to forgive the offences of our brethren. This Parable
shows how much provocation God has from his family On Earth, and
how untoward his servants are. There are three things in the
Parable: 1. The master's wonderful clemency. The Debt of Sin is
So great, that we are not able to pay it. See here what every
Sin deserves; this is the Wages of Sin, to be sold as a Slave.
It is the folly of many who are under strong convictions of
their sins, to fancy they can make God satisfaction for the
wrong they have done him. 2. The servant's unreasonable severity
toward his fellow-servant, notwithstanding his Lord's clemency
toward him. Not that we may make Light of wronging our
neighbour, for that is also a Sin against God; but we should not
aggravate our neighbour's wronging us, nor study revenge. Let
our complaints, both of the wickedness of the wicked, and of the
Afflictions of the afflicted, be brought to God, and left with
him. 3. The master reproved his servant's cruelty. The greatness
of Sin magnifies the riches of pardoning Mercy; and the
comfortable sense of pardoning Mercy, does much to dispose our
hearts to forgive our brethren. We are not to suppose that God
actually forgives men, and afterwards reckons their guilt to
them to condemn them; but this latter part of the Parable shows
the false conclusions many draw as to their sins being pardoned,
though their after-conduct shows that they never entered into
the Spirit, or experienced the sanctifying Grace of the Gospel.
We do not forgive our offending Brother aright, if we do not
forgive from the Heart. Yet this is not enough; we must seek the
welfare even of those who offend us. How justly will those be
condemned, who, though they Bear the Christian name, persist in
unmerciful treatment of their brethren! The humbled sinner
relies only On free, abounding Mercy, through the Ransom of the
Death of Christ. Let us seek more and more for the renewing
Grace of God, to teach us to forgive others as we Hope for
forgiveness from him.

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