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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).

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Matayo 18

Omukulu mu Bwakabaka obw’Omu Ggulu

1Mu kiseera ekyo abayigirizwa ba Yesu ne bajja gy’ali nga bagamba nti, “Ani asinga obukulu mu bwakabaka obw’omu ggulu?”

Yesu n’ayita omwana omuto n’amussa mu makkati gaabwe. N’abagamba nti, “Ddala ddala mbagamba nti bwe mutakyuke kufaanana ng’abaana abato temugenda kuyingira mu bwakabaka obw’omu ggulu. Noolwekyo buli eyeetoowaza ng’omwana ono omuto y’aliba asinga obukulu mu bwakabaka obw’omu ggulu.

“Na buli asembeza omwana omuto ng’ono mu linnya lyange ng’asembeza Nze. Naye alyesittaza omu ku baana abato anzikiririzaamu, asaanidde okusibibwa olubengo mu bulago asuulibwe mu nnyanja.”

“Ensi zigisanze! Kubanga ejjudde ebibi bingi. Okukemebwa okukola ebibi tekulema kubaawo, naye zimusanze oyo akuleeta. Obanga omukono gwo gukuleetera okwonoona gutemeko ogusuule. Kisinga okuyingira mu bulamu ng’ogongobadde oba ng’olemadde, okusinga okugenda mu muliro ogutazikira ng’olina emikono ebiri n’ebigere bibiri. Obanga eriiso lyo nga likuleetera okwonoona, liggyeemu olisuule. Kisinga okuyingira mu ggulu ng’olina eriiso limu okusinga okusuulibwa mu muliro gwa ggeyeena ng’olina amaaso go gombi.”

Olugero lw’Endiga Eyabula

10 “Mwekuume obutanyoomanga n’omu ku baana bano abato. Kubanga mbagamba nti bamalayika baabwe ennaku zonna babeera mu maaso ga Kitange ali mu ggulu. 11 Kubanga Omwana w’Omuntu yajja okulokola ekyabula[a].

12 “Mulowooza kiki ekituufu? Omuntu bw’aba n’endiga ze ekikumi, emu n’emubulako, taleka ziri ekyenda mu omwenda ku lusozi n’agenda anoonya eri emu ebuze? 13 Ddala ddala mbagamba nti, bw’agiraba agisanyukira nnyo okusinga ziri ekyenda mu omwenda ezitaabuze. 14 Kale bwe kityo ne Kitammwe ali mu ggulu tasiima kulaba ng’omu ku bato bano ng’azikirira.”

Owooluganda Okusonyiwa Muganda we

15 “Muganda wo bw’akusobyanga ogendanga gy’ali n’omutegeeza ekisobyo kye nga muli babiri. Bw’akkirizanga n’akwetondera olwo ng’oggyeemu omuntu mu muganda wo. 16 Naye bw’agaananga okukuwuliriza, ofunangayo omuntu omulala omu oba babiri obujulirwa bw’abantu ababiri oba abasatu bukakase buli kigambo. 17 Naye bw’agaananga okubawuliriza ng’ensonga ozitwala eri Ekkanisa. Singa agaana okuwuliriza Ekkanisa, abeere nga munnaggwanga, era omuwooza w’omusolo.

18 “Ddala ddala mbagamba nti byonna bye mulisiba ku nsi, ne mu ggulu birisibwa ne bye mulisumulula ku nsi, ne mu ggulu bigenda kusumululwa.

19 “Era ddala ddala mbagamba nti bwe munaabanga babiri mu nsi ne mukkiriziganya ku ekyo kye mwagala okusaba, Kitange ali mu ggulu alikibakolera. 20 Kubanga abantu ababiri oba abasatu bwe banaakuŋŋaananga mu linnya lyange, nange nnaabeeranga awo wakati waabwe.”

Olugero lw’Omuddu Atasonyiwa

21 Awo Peetero n’ajja n’abuuza Yesu nti, “Mukama wange, muganda wange bw’ansobyanga musonyiwanga emirundi emeka? Emirundi musanvu?”

22 Yesu n’amuddamu nti, “Sikugamba nti emirundi musanvu naye emirundi nsanvu emirundi musanvu.”

23 Awo Yesu n’agamba nti, “Obwakabaka obw’omu ggulu bufaananyizibwa nga kabaka eyayagala okubala ebitabo bye eby’ensimbi, n’abaddu be. 24 Bwe yatandika okubikebera ne bamuleetera gw’abanja ettalanta[b] omutwalo gumu. 25 Naye olw’okuba ng’omusajja teyalina nsimbi za kusasula bbanja eryo, mukama we kyeyava alagira batunde omusajja oyo ne mukazi we n’abaana be n’ebintu bye byonna ebbanja liggwe.

26 “Naye omuddu oyo n’agwa wansi mu maaso ga mukama we, n’amwegayirira nti, ‘Ngumiikiriza, nzija kukusasula ebbanja lyonna.’

27 “Mukama we n’asaasira omuddu oyo n’amusonyiwa ebbanja lyonna!

28 “Omuddu oyo bwe yafuluma n’asanga munne gwe yali abanja eddinaali[c] kikumi, n’amugwa mu bulago nga bw’amugamba nti, ‘Ssasula kye nkubanja.’

29 “Naye munne n’agwa wansi, n’amwegayirira ng’agamba nti, ‘Ngumiikiriza, nnaakusasula.’

30 “Naye amubanja n’agaana okumuwuliriza, n’amuteeka mu kkomera akuumirwe omwo okutuusa lw’alisasula ebbanja lyonna. 31 Awo baddu banne bwe baakiraba ne banakuwala nnyo, ne bagenda bategeeza mukama we ebigambo bye balabye.

32 “Awo mukama we n’atumya omuddu gwe yali asonyiye n’amugamba nti, ‘Oli muddu mubi nnyo. Nakusonyiye ebbanja eryo lyonna, kubanga wanneegayiridde, 33 naye ggwe kyali tekikugwanira kusaasira muddu munno nga nange bwe nakusaasidde?’ 34 Mukama we kyeyava asunguwala nnyo, n’amukwasa abaserikale bamusse mu kkomera okutuusa lw’alisasula ebbanja lyonna.

35 “Kale ne Kitange ali mu ggulu bw’atyo bw’alibakola singa mmwe abooluganda temusonyiwa okuva mu mitima gyammwe.”

Footnotes

  1. 18:11 Olunyiriri luno lwateekebwamu kubanga ebigambo ebyo byali ne mu Luk 19:10. Kyokka nga mu biwandiiko eby’Oluyonaani ebyedda tebyalimu
  2. 18:24 Ettalanta ke kasiimo omukozi k’afuna oluvannyuma lw’okukolera emyaka kkumi n’ettaano
  3. 18:28 Eddinaali eddinaali emu y’empeera ey’olunaku olumu