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BibleGateway: Matthew 18:10-20

ESV Text: Matthew 18:10-20

Matthew 18:10–20 (Listen)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.1 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my2 Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed3 in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Footnotes

[1] 18:10 Some manuscripts add verse 11: For the Son of Man came to save the lost

[2] 18:14 Some manuscripts your

[3] 18:18 Or shall have been bound . . . shall have been loosed

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:17 and ends at about 3:5

10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

     15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 280 :
Return, O Wanderer, Return

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Return, O wanderer, return 
And seek an injured Father’s face. 
Those warm desires that in thee burn 
Were kindled by reclaiming grace. 

2. Return, O wanderer, return 
And seek a Father’s melting heart, 
His pitying eyes thy grief discern, 
His hand shall heal thine inward smart. 

3. Return, O wanderer, return; 
Thy Savior bids thy spirit live. 
Go to His bleeding feet and learn 
How freely Jesus can forgive. 

4. Return, O wanderer, return 
And wipe away the falling tear; 
‘Tis God who says, “No longer mourn”; 
‘Tis Mercy’s voice invites thee near.