“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’. “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf. [l] He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’. “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid. Matthew 17. 18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid[f] on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit[g] on earth will be permitted in heaven. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor. “Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Bible > NLT > Matthew 18 Matthew 18 New Living Translation: Par The Greatest in the Kingdom. 28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. Mat 18:3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. All rights reserved. Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! 1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” 2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. “What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? All rights reserved. The Greatest in the Kingdom. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting. New Living Translation Update. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. [k] 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. The Greatest in the Kingdom. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters, NLT Every Man's Bible Messenger Edition, Leatherlike, NLT Girls Life Application Study Bible--soft leather-look, teal/pink with flowers, The NLT One Year Chronological Bible - softcover, NLT Girls Life Application Study Bible, TuTone, LeatherLike, Purple/Teal Flower, NLT Dancing in the Desert Devotional Bible: A Refreshing Spiritual Journey with God's People--imitation leather, sienna, NLT Inspire Bible: The Bible for Creative Journaling, Softcover. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. Footnotes. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. 31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. 18 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”.