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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).

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Mateyu 18

Wamkulu mu Ufumu Wakumwamba

1Pa nthawi imeneyo ophunzira anabwera kwa Yesu ndipo anamufunsa kuti, “Wamkulu woposa onse ndani mu ufumu wakumwamba?”

Iye anayitana kamwana kakangʼono ndi kukayimiritsa pakati pawo. Ndipo Iye anati, “Zoonadi, Ine ndikuwuzani kuti ngati simusintha ndi kukhala ngati tiana tatingʼono, simudzalowa konse mu ufumu wakumwamba. Chifukwa chake, aliyense amene adzichepetsa yekha ngati kamwana aka, ameneyo ndiye wamkulu koposa onse mu ufumu wakumwamba. Ndipo aliyense amene alandira kamwana kakangʼono ngati aka mu dzina langa, alandira Ine.

Za Kuchimwitsa Ena

“Koma ngati wina aliyense achimwitsa mmodzi wa ana awa, amene akhulupirira Ine, kuti achimwe, kukanakhala bwino kuti iye amangiriridwe chimwala chachikulu mʼkhosi mwake ndi kumizidwa pansi pa nyanja. Tsoka dziko lapansi chifukwa cha zinthu zimene ziyenera kubwera, koma tsoka kwa munthu amene abweretsa zotere! Ngati dzanja lako kapena phazi lako likuchimwitsa, lidule ndi kulitaya. Ndi bwino kwa iwe kulowa mʼmoyo wosatha wolumala kusiyana ndi kukhala ndi manja awiri kapena mapazi awiri ndi kukaponyedwa ku moto wosatha. Ndipo ngati diso lako likuchimwitsa, ulichotse ndi kulitaya. Ndi bwino kwa iwe kuti ukalowe ku moyo wosatha ndi diso limodzi kuposa ndi kukhala ndi maso awiri ndi kukaponyedwa ku moto wa gehena.”

Fanizo la Nkhosa Yotayika

10 “Onetsetsani kuti musanyoze mmodzi wa anawa. Pakuti ndikuwuzani kuti angelo awo kumwamba amakhala pamaso pa Atate anga akumwamba nthawi zonse.” 11 (Mwana wa Munthu anabwera kudzapulumutsa chimene chinatayika).

12 “Kodi mukuganiza bwanji? Ngati munthu ali ndi nkhosa 100 ndipo imodzi nʼkusowa, kodi sasiya 99 zija mʼmapiri ndi kupita kukafuna imodzi yosocherayo? 13 Zoonadi, Ine ndikuwuzani kuti akayipeza amasangalala kwambiri chifukwa cha nkhosa imodziyo kuposa nkhosa 99 zimene sizinasochere. 14 Chimodzimodzinso Atate anu akumwamba safuna kuti mmodzi wa anawa atayike.

Za Mʼbale Amene Akuchimwirani

15 “Ngati mʼbale wako akuchimwira, pita kamuwuze cholakwa chake pa awiri. Ngati akumvera, wamubweza mʼbale wakoyo. 16 Koma ngati sakumvera, katenge wina mmodzi kapena ena awiri, ‘kuti nkhani itsimikizike ndi umboni wa anthu awiri kapena atatu.’ 17 Ngati iye akana kuwamvera iwo, kaneneni ku mpingo; ndipo ngati sakamvera ngakhale mpingo, muchite naye monga mukanachitira ndi wakunja kapena wolandira msonkho.

18 “Zoonadi, Ine ndikuwuzani kuti chilichonse chimene muchimanga pa dziko lapansi, chidzamangidwanso kumwamba, ndipo chilichonse chimene muchimasula pa dziko chidzamasulidwanso kumwamba.

19 “Komanso ndikukuwuzani inu kuti ngati awiri a inu pa dziko lapansi avomerezana kanthu kalikonse kamene mukapempha, Atate anga akumwamba adzakuchitirani. 20 Pakuti pamene awiri kapena atatu asonkhana pamodzi mʼdzina langa, Ine ndili nawo pomwepo.”

Fanizo la Wantchito Wopanda Chifundo

21 Kenaka Petro anabwera kwa Yesu ndi kumufunsa kuti, “Ambuye, kodi mʼbale wanga akandichimwira ndimukhululukire kokwanira kangati? Mpaka kasanu nʼkawiri?”

22 Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ine ndikukuwuza iwe kuti osati kasanu nʼkawiri, koma ka 70 kuchulukitsa ndi kasanu nʼkawiri.

23 “Nʼchifukwa chake, ufumu wakumwamba ukufanana ndi mfumu imene inafuna kuti antchito ake abweze ngongole. 24 Atangoyamba kulandira, anamubweretsa munthu kwa iye amene anakongola ndalama 10,000. 25 Popeza sakanatha kubweza, bwanayo analamula kuti iye, mkazi wake, ana ake ndi zonse anali nazo zigulitsidwe kuti zibweze ngongoleyo.

26 “Wantchitoyo anagwada pamaso pake namupempha iye kuti, ‘Lezereni mtima ndipo ndidzabweza zonse.’ 27 Bwana wakeyo anamuchitira chifundo, namukhululukira ngongoleyo ndipo anamulola apite.

28 “Koma wantchito uja atatuluka, anakumana ndi wantchito mnzake amene anakongola kwa iye madinari 100. Anamugwira, nayamba kumukanyanga pa khosi, namuwumiriza nati, ‘Bwezere zimene unakongola kwa ine!’

29 “Wantchito mnzakeyo anagwada namupempha iye kuti, ‘Lezere mtima ine, ndipo ndidzakubwezera.’

30 “Koma iye anakana. Mʼmalo mwake, anachoka nakamumangitsa kufikira atabweza ngongoleyo. 31 Pamene antchito ena anaona zomwe zinachitikazo, anamva chisoni kwambiri ndipo anapita nakawuza bwana wawo zonse zimene zinachitika.

32 “Pamenepo bwanayo anayitana wantchitoyo nati, ‘Iwe wantchito woyipa mtima, ndinakukhululukira ngongole yako yonse chifukwa unandipempha. 33 Kodi iwe sukanamuchitira chifundo wantchito mnzako monga momwe ine ndinakuchitira iwe?’ 34 Ndi mkwiyo, bwana wakeyo anamupereka kwa oyangʼanira ndende kuti amuzuze mpaka atabweza zonse zimene anakongola.

35 “Umu ndi mmene Atate anga akumwamba adzachitira ndi aliyense wa inu ngati simukhululukira mʼbale wanu ndi mtima wonse.”