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Evanđelje po Mateju 18

Tko je najveći u kraljevstvu

1U taj čas dođu k Isusu učenici te ga zapitaju: 'Tko je najveći u nebeskom kraljevstvu?'

Isus pozove malo dijete pa ga postavi među njih

i reče: 'Zaista vam kažem, ako se ne obratite i ne postanete poput male djece, nećete ući u nebesko kraljevstvo.

U nebeskome je kraljevstvu, dakle, najveći onaj tko se ponizi kao ovo malo dijete.

Tko zaradi mene[a] primi ovakvo dijete, mene prima.

Ali tko jednoga od ovih malenih koji vjeruju u mene navede da posrne u vjeri, bilo bi mu bolje da mu o vrat objese mlinski kamen i da potone u morsku dubinu.

Teško svijetu jer navodi ljude na grijeh! Napast na zlo je neizbježna, ali teško čovjeku kroz kojega dolazi napast.

Navodi li te na grijeh vlastita ruka ili noga, odsijeci ju i baci. Bolje da u nebo[b] uđeš kljast ili hrom nego da s objema rukama i s objema nogama budeš bačen u vječni oganj.

Navodi li te na grijeh vlastito oko, iskopaj ga i baci. Bolje da jednook uđeš u nebo nego da s oba oka budeš bačen u ognjeni pakao.

10 Pazite da ne prezrete nijednoga od ovih malenih. Jer kažem vam da njihovi anđeli na nebu neprestano gledaju lice mojega Oca, koji je na nebesima. (

11 A ja, Sin Čovječji, došao sam spasiti izgubljene.)'[c]

Prispodoba o izgubljenoj ovci

12 'Što mislite, da netko ima sto ovaca i da jedna od njih zaluta, neće li ostaviti onih devedeset devet u gorama i poći potražiti zalutalu?

13 Zaista vam kažem, ako ju uspije naći, više će se radovati što je pronašao tu jednu ovcu nego što ih devedeset devet nije zalutalo.

14 Tako ni vaš nebeski Otac ne želi da se izgubi i propadne ijedan od ovih malenih.'

Opomena drugim vjernicima

15 'Ako ti brat zgriješi, ukori ga nasamo. Posluša li te, zadobio si brata.

16 Ako te ne posluša, povedi sa sobom još jednoga ili dvojicu braće da se svaka tvrdnja temelji na iskazu dvojice ili trojice svjedoka.[d]

17 Ne posluša li ni njih, reci Crkvi. Ako ne posluša ni Crkvu, smatraj ga poganinom i pokvarenim.[e]

18 Zaista vam kažem, što god svežete na zemlji, bit će svezano na nebu i što god odriješite na zemlji, bit će odriješeno na nebu.

19 Također vam kažem: ako dvojica od vas na zemlji jednodušno zamole bilo što, moj će im nebeski Otac to dati.

20 Jer gdje se dvojica ili trojica sastanu zaradi mene,[f] tu sam i ja s njima.'

Priča o okrutnom dužniku

21 Tada mu priđe Petar i upita: 'Gospodine, koliko puta da oprostim bratu koji je zgriješio protiv mene? Sedam puta?'

22 'Ne sedam puta,' odgovori mu Isus, 'već sedamdeset puta sedam![g]

23 Nebesko je kraljevstvo kao kad kralj odluči izravnati račune sa slugama.

24 Kad su počeli obračunavati, dovedu mu jednoga koji mu je dugovao tristo tona zlata[h].

25 Kako nije mogao vratiti, kralj zapovjedi da se prodaju on, žena, djeca i sve što imaju te da se tako podmiri dug.

26 Sluga nato padne ničice pred njim i zamoli: "Imaj strpljenja sa mnom i sve ću ti vratiti!'

27 Kralj se sažali nad njim, oslobodi ga i oprosti mu dug.

28 Ali kad taj sluga iziđe, susretne prijatelja koji je njemu dugovao malo novca.[i] Ščepa ga za vrat i počne ga daviti govoreći: "Vrati što si dužan!'

29 Prijatelj klekne pred njega i zamoli: "Imaj sa mnom strpljenja i vratit ću ti!'

30 Ali njegov vjerovnik nije htio pričekati, nego ode i baci ga u tamnicu dok ne vrati dug.

31 Kad su njegovi prijatelji vidjeli što se dogodilo, silno se ražaloste te odu sve ispričati kralju.

32 Nato ga kralj pozove i reče mu: "Zli slugo! Ja sam tebi oprostio sav dug jer si me zamolio!

33 Nisi li se i ti trebao smilovati svojemu prijatelju kao što sam se ja tebi smilovao?

34 I gnjevni ga kralj preda mučiteljima dok ne vrati sav dug.

35 Tako će i moj nebeski Otac postupiti s vama ne oprostite li svojemu bratu od sveg srca.'

Footnotes

  1. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:5 U grčkome: u moje ime.
  2. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:8 i 9 U grčkome: u život.
  3. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:11 Neki rukopisi ne sadrže taj stih.
  4. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:16 Vidjeti: Ponovljeni zakon 19:15.
  5. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:17 U grčkome: ubiračem poreza. Oni su u to doba bili omraženi jer su surađivali s okupatorskim rimskim vlastima i iznuđivali novac od stanovništva.
  6. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:20 U grčkome: u moje ime.
  7. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:22 Ili: sedamdeset sedam puta.
  8. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:24 U grčkome: deset tisuća talenata. Talenat iznosi otprilike 34 kilograma.
  9. Evanđelje po Mateju 18:28 U grčkome: sto denara.

King James Version

Matthew 18

1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

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.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

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?

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.

14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

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.

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.

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 an heathen man and a publican.

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.

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.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

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.

26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

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.

29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

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:

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.