Christ warneth his disciples to be humble and harmless:
Matthew 18:1 At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? Matthew 18:2 And Jesus, calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them. Matthew 18:3 And said: amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. Matthew 18:6 But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.
to avoid offences, and not to despise the little ones:
Matthew 18:7 Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. Matthew 18:8 And if thy hand, or thy foot, scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. Matthew 18:9 And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Matthew 18:10 See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Matthew 18:12 What think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray: doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and goeth to seek that which is gone astray? Matthew 18:13 And if it so be that he find it: Amen I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that, than for the ninety-nine that went not astray. Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
teacheth how we are to deal with our brethren, when they offend us:
Matthew 18:15 But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. Matthew 18:16 And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. Matthew 18:17 And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Matthew 18:18 Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning anything whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:20 For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
and how oft to forgive them:
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.
which he setteth forth by a parable of the king, that took account of his servants,
Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants. Matthew 18:24 And when he had begun to take the account, one as brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents. Matthew 18:25 And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Matthew 18:26 But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Matthew 18:27 And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt. Matthew 18:28 But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow-servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, he throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest. Matthew 18:29 And his fellow-servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Matthew 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt. Matthew 18:31 Now his fellow servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came, and told their lord all that was done.
and punished him, who shewed no mercy to his fellow.
Matthew 18:32 Then his lord called him: and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me: Matthew 18:33 Shouldst not thou then have had compassion also on thy fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee? Matthew 18:34 And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt. Matthew 18:35 So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.