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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).

Knijga O Kristu

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.