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Matthew 18:1-35

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?”

2He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Causing to Stumble

6“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. 7Woe 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! 8If 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. 9And 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. 1118:11 Some manuscripts include here the words of Luke 19:10.

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? 13And 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. 14In 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 sister18:15 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verses 21 and 35. sins,18:15 Some manuscripts sins against you go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16But 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.’18:16 Deut. 19:15 17If 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 be18:18 Or will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be18:18 Or will have been 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. 20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21Then 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?”

22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.18:22 Or seventy times seven

23“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold18:24 Greek ten thousand talents; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wages. was brought to him. 25Since 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.’ 27The 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.18:28 Greek a hundred denarii; a denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see 20:2). 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. 31When 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. 33Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34In 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.”

Knijga O Kristu

Matej 18:1-35

Tko je najveći u kraljevstvu

(Mk 9:33-37; Lk 9:46-48)

1U taj čas dođu k Isusu učenici te ga zapitaju: “Tko je najveći u nebeskom kraljevstvu?” 2Isus pozove malo dijete pa ga postavi u sredinu između njih 3i reče: “Zaista vam kažem, ako se ne obratite i ne postanete poput male djece, nećete ući u nebesko kraljevstvo! 4U nebeskome je kraljevstvu, dakle, najveći onaj tko se ponizi kao ovo malo dijete. 5Tko zaradi mene18:5 U grčkome: u moje ime. prihvati ovakvo dijete, mene prihvaća. 6Ali 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.

Isus upozorova na dolazak iskušenja

(Mk 9:42-47; Lk 17:1-2)

7Teško svijetu jer navodi ljude na grijeh! Napast na zlo je neizbježna, ali teško čovjeku kroz kojega dolazi napast. 8Navodi li te na grijeh vlastita ruka ili noga, odsijeci ju i baci. Bolje da u život uđeš kljast ili hrom nego da s objema rukama i s objema nogama budeš bačen u vječni oganj. 9Navodi li te na grijeh vlastito oko, iskopaj ga i baci! Bolje da jednook uđeš u život nego da s oba oka budeš bačen u ognjeni pakao.

10Pazite da ne prezrete nijednoga od ovih malenih. Jer kažem vam da njihovi anđeli na nebu neprestano gledaju lice mojega Oca, koji je na nebesima. (11A ja, Sin Čovječji, došao sam spasiti izgubljene.)”18:11 Neki rukopisi ne sadrže taj stih.

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? 13Zaista vam kažem, ako ju uspije naći, više će se radovati što je pronašao tu jednu ovcu nego što ih devedeset devet nije zalutalo. 14Tako ni vaš nebeski Otac ne želi da se izgubi i propadne ijedan od ovih malenih.”

Opomena drugim vjernicima

(Lk 17:3)

15“Ako ti brat zgriješi, ukori ga nasamo. Posluša li te, zadobio si brata. 16Ako te ne posluša, povedi sa sobom još jednoga ili dvojicu braće da se kazna za svaki prekršaj mora temeljiti na iskazu dvojice ili trojice svjedoka.18:16 Vidjeti: Ponovljeni zakon 19:15. 17Ne posluša li ni njih, reci Crkvi. Ako ne posluša ni Crkvu, smatraj ga poganinom i ubiračem poreza.18:17 Oni su u to doba bili omraženi jer su surađivali s okupatorskim rimskim vlastima i iznuđivali novac od stanovništva.

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

19Također vam kažem: ako dvojica od vas na zemlji jednodušno zamole bilo što, moj će im nebeski Otac to dati. 20Jer gdje se dvojica ili trojica sastanu zaradi mene18:20 U grčkome: u moje ime., tu sam i ja s njima.”

Priča o okrutnom dužniku

(Lk 17:4)

21Tada mu priđe Petar i upita: “Gospodine, koliko puta da oprostim bratu koji je zgriješio protiv mene? Do sedam puta?”

22“Ne sedam puta,” odgovori mu Isus, “već sedamdeset puta sedam!18:22 Ili: sedamdeset sedam puta.

23Nebesko je kraljevstvo kao kad kralj odluči izravnati račune sa slugama. 24Kad su počeli obračunavati, dovedu mu jednoga koji mu je dugovao tristo tona zlata18:24 U grčkome: deset tisuća talenata. Talenat iznosi otprilike 34 kilograma.. 25Kako nije mogao vratiti, kralj zapovjedi da se prodaju on, žena, djeca i sve što imaju te da se tako podmiri dug.

26Sluga nato padne ničice pred njim i zamoli: ‘Imaj strpljenja sa mnom i sve ću ti vratiti!’ 27Kralj se sažali nad njim, oslobodi ga i oprosti mu dug.

28Ali kad taj sluga iziđe, susretne prijatelja koji je njemu dugovao malo novca.18:28 U grčkome: sto denara. Ščepa ga za vrat i počne ga daviti govoreći: ‘Vrati što si dužan!’ 29Prijatelj klekne pred njega i zamoli: ‘Imaj sa mnom strpljenja i vratit ću ti!’ 30Ali njegov vjerovnik nije htio pričekati, nego ode i baci ga u tamnicu dok ne vrati dug.

31Kad su njegovi prijatelji vidjeli što se dogodilo, silno se ražaloste te odu sve ispričati kralju. 32Nato ga kralj pozove i reče mu: ‘Zli slugo! Ja sam tebi oprostio sav dug jer si me zamolio! 33Nisi li se i ti trebao smilovati svojemu prijatelju kao što sam se ja tebi smilovao?’ 34I gnjevni ga kralj preda mučiteljima dok ne vrati sav dug.

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