New International Version

Matthew 18

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Causing to Stumble

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

The Parable of the Wandering Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. [11] [a]

12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Dealing With Sin in the Church

15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[e] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[f] loosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 18:11 Some manuscripts include here the words of Luke 19:10.
  2. Matthew 18:15 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verses 21 and 35.
  3. Matthew 18:15 Some manuscripts sins against you
  4. Matthew 18:16 Deut. 19:15
  5. Matthew 18:18 Or will have been
  6. Matthew 18:18 Or will have been
  7. Matthew 18:22 Or seventy times seven
  8. Matthew 18:24 Greek ten thousand talents; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wages.
  9. Matthew 18:28 Greek a hundred denarii; a denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see 20:2).

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Matiu 18

Ẹni tí ó tóbi jù ní ìjọba Ọ̀run

1Ní àkókò náà ni àwọn ọmọ-ẹ̀yìn Jesu tọ̀ ọ́ wá, wọ́n bi í léèrè pé, “Ta ni ẹni ti ó pọ̀jù ní ìjọba ọ̀run?”

Jesu sì pe ọmọ kékeré kan sí ọ̀dọ̀ ara rẹ̀. Ó sì mú un dúró láàrín wọn. Ó wí pé, “Lóòótọ́ ni mo wí fún yín, àfi bí ẹ̀yin bá yí padà kí ẹ sì dàbí àwọn ọmọdé, ẹ̀yin kì yóò lè wọ ìjọba ọ̀run. Nítorí náà, ẹni tí ó bá rẹ ara rẹ̀ sílẹ̀ gẹ́gẹ́ bí ọmọdé yìí, ni yóò pọ̀ jùlọ ní ìjọba ọ̀run. Àti pé, ẹnikẹ́ni tí ó bá gba ọmọ kékeré bí èyí nítorí orúkọ mi, gbà mí.

“Ṣùgbọ́n ẹnikẹ́ni nínú yín tí ó bá mú ọ̀kan nínú àwọn ọmọ kékeré wọ̀nyí tí ó gbà mí gbọ́ ṣìnà, yóò sàn fún un kí a so òkúta ńlá mọ́ ọn ní ọrùn, kí a sì rì í sí ìsàlẹ̀ ibú omi Òkun. Ègbé ni fún ayé nítorí gbogbo ohun ìkọ̀sẹ̀ rẹ̀! Ohun ìkọ̀sẹ̀ kò le ṣe kó má wà, ṣùgbọ́n ègbé ni fún ọkùnrin náà nípasẹ̀ ẹni tí ìkọ̀sẹ̀ náà ti wá! Nítorí náà, bí ọwọ́ tàbí ẹsẹ̀ rẹ yóò bá mú ọ dẹ́ṣẹ̀, gé e kúrò, kí o sì jù ú nù. Ó kúkú sàn fún ọ láti wọ ìjọba ọ̀run ní akéwọ́ tàbí akésẹ̀ ju pé kí o ni ọwọ́ méjì àti ẹsẹ̀ méjì ki a sì sọ ọ́ sínú iná ayérayé. Bí ojú rẹ yóò bá sì mú kí o dẹ́ṣẹ̀, yọ ọ́ kúrò kí ó sì sọ ọ́ nù. Ó kúkú sàn fún ọ láti lọ sínú ìyè pẹ̀lú ojú kan, ju pé kí o ní ojú méjì, kí a sì jù ọ́ sí iná ọ̀run àpáàdì.

Òwe àgùntàn tó sọnù

10 “Ẹ rí i pé ẹ kò fi ojú tẹ́ńbẹ́lú ọ̀kan nínú àwọn kéékèèkéé wọ̀nyí. Lóòótọ́ ni mo wí fún yin pé, nígbà gbogbo ni ọ̀run ni àwọn angẹli ń wo ojú Baba mi tí ń bẹ ní ọ̀run. 11 Nítorí náà, Ọmọ ènìyàn wá láti gba àwọn tí ó nù là.

12 “Kí ni ẹ̀yin rò? Bí ọkùnrin kan bá ni ọgọ́rùn-ún àgùntàn, tí ẹyọ kan nínú wọn sì sọnù, ṣé òun kì yóò fi mọ́kàn-dínlọ́gọ́rùn-ún (99) ìyókù sílẹ̀ sórí òkè láti lọ wá ẹyọ kan tó nù náà bí? 13 Ǹjẹ́ bí òun bá sì wá á rí i, lóòótọ́ ni mo wí fún yín, ǹjẹ́ ẹ̀yin kò mọ̀ pé inú rẹ̀ yóò dùn nítorí rẹ̀ ju àwọn mọ́kàn-dínlọ́gọ́rùn-ún tí kò nù lọ? 14 Bẹ́ẹ̀ gẹ́gẹ́, ni kì í ṣe ìfẹ́ Baba yín tí ń bẹ ní ọ̀run, pé ọ̀kan nínú àwọn kékeré wọ̀nyí kí ó ṣègbé.

Arákùnrin tí ó ṣẹ̀ sí ọ

15 “Bí arákùnrin rẹ bá ṣẹ̀ ọ́, lọ ní ìkọ̀kọ̀ kí o sì sọ ẹ̀bi rẹ̀ fún un. Bí ó bá gbọ́ tìrẹ, ìwọ ti mú arákùnrin kan bọ̀ sí ipò. 16 Ṣùgbọ́n bí òun kò bá tẹ́tí sí ọ, nígbà náà mú ẹnìkan tàbí ẹni méjì pẹ̀lú rẹ, kí ẹ sì tún padà sí ọ̀dọ̀ rẹ̀ lẹ́ẹ̀kan sí i, kí ọ̀rọ̀ náà bá le fi ìdí múlẹ̀ pẹ̀lú àwọn ẹlẹ́rìí méjì tàbí mẹ́ta náà. 17 Bí òun bá sì tún kọ̀ láti tẹ́tí sí wọn, nígbà náà sọ fún ìjọ ènìyàn Ọlọ́run. Bí o bá kọ̀ láti gbọ́ ti ìjọ ènìyàn Ọlọ́run, jẹ́ kí ó dàbí kèfèrí sí ọ tàbí agbowó òde.

18 “Lóòótọ́ ni mo wí fún yín, Ohunkóhun tí ẹ̀yin bá dè ní ayé, ni a dè ní ọ̀run. Ohunkóhun ti ẹ̀yin bá sì ti tú ni ayé, á ò tú u ní ọ̀run.

19 “Mo tún sọ èyí fún yín, bí ẹ̀yin méjì bá fi ohùn ṣọ̀kan ní ayé yìí, nípa ohunkóhun tí ẹ béèrè, Baba mi ti ń bẹ ní ọ̀run yóò sì ṣe é fún yín. 20 Nítorí níbi ti ènìyàn méjì tàbí mẹ́ta bá kó ara jọ ni orúkọ mi, èmi yóò wà láàrín wọn níbẹ̀.”

Òwe aláìláàánú ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀

21 Nígbà náà ni Peteru wá sọ́dọ̀ Jesu, ó béèrè pé, “Olúwa, nígbà mélòó ni arákùnrin mi yóò ṣẹ̀ mi, tí èmi yóò sì dáríjì í? Tàbí ní ìgbà méje ni?”

22 Jesu dáhùn pé, “Mo wí fún ọ, kì í ṣe ìgbà méje, ṣùgbọ́n ní ìgbà àádọ́rin méje.

23 “Nítorí náà, ìjọba ọ̀run dàbí ọba kan tí ó fẹ́ ṣe ìṣirò pẹ̀lú àwọn ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ rẹ̀. 24 Bí ó ti ń ṣe èyí, a mú ajigbèsè kan wá sọ́dọ̀ rẹ̀ tí ó jẹ ẹ́ ní ẹgbàárùn-ún (10,000) tálẹ́ǹtì. 25 Nígbà tí kò tì í ní agbára láti san án, nígbà náà ni olúwa rẹ̀ pàṣẹ pé kí a ta òun àti ìyàwó àti àwọn ọmọ rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú gbogbo ohun tí ó ní láti fi san gbèsè náà.

26 “Nígbà náà ni ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ náà wólẹ̀ lórí eékún níwájú rẹ. ‘Ó bẹ̀bẹ̀ pé, mú sùúrù fún mi, èmi yóò sì san gbogbo rẹ̀ fún ọ.’ 27 Nígbà náà, ni olúwa ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ náà sì ṣàánú fún un. Ó tú u sílẹ̀, ó sì fi gbèsè náà jì í.

28 “Ṣùgbọ́n bí ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ náà ti jáde lọ, ó rí ọ̀kan nínú àwọn ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ ẹgbẹ́ rẹ̀ tí ó jẹ ẹ́ ní ọgọ́rùn-ún owó idẹ, ó gbé ọwọ́ lé e, ó fún un ní ọrùn, ó wí pé, ‘san gbèsè tí o jẹ mí lójú ẹsẹ̀.’

29 “Ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ ẹlẹgbẹ́ rẹ̀ náà sì wólẹ̀ lórí eékún níwájú rẹ̀, ò ń bẹ̀ ẹ́ pé, ‘Mú sùúrù fún mi, èmi yóò sì san án fún ọ.’

30 “Ṣùgbọ́n òun kọ̀ fún un. Ó pàṣẹ kí a mú ọkùnrin náà, kí a sì jù ú sínú túbú títí tí yóò fi san gbèsè náà tán pátápátá. 31 Nígbà tí àwọn ìránṣẹ́ ẹlẹgbẹ́ rẹ̀ rí ohun tí ó ṣẹlẹ̀, inú bí wọn gidigidi, wọ́n lọ láti lọ sọ fún olúwa wọn, gbogbo ohun tí ó ṣẹlẹ̀.

32 “Nígbà tí olúwa rẹ̀ pè ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ náà wọlé, ó wí fún un pé, ‘Ìwọ ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ búburú, níhìn-ín ni mo ti dárí gbogbo gbèsè rẹ jì ọ́ nítorí tí ìwọ bẹ̀ mi. 33 Kò ha ṣe ẹ̀tọ́ fún ọ láti ṣàánú fún àwọn ẹlòmíràn, gẹ́gẹ́ bí èmi náà ti ṣàánú fún ọ?’ 34 Ní ìbínú, olówó rẹ̀ fi í lé àwọn onítúbú lọ́wọ́ láti fi ìyà jẹ ẹ́, títí tí yóò fi san gbogbo gbèsè èyí ti ó jẹ ẹ́.

35 “Bẹ́ẹ̀ gẹ́gẹ́ sì ni Baba mi tí ń bẹ ní ọ̀run yóò sí ṣe sì ẹnìkọ̀ọ̀kan, bí ẹ̀yin kò bá fi tọkàntọkàn dárí ji àwọn arákùnrin yín.”