1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (Mt 17:24; Mt 20:20; Mr 9:33; Lu 9:46)2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Ps 131:2; Mt 5:19; Mt 19:14; Mr 10:15; Lu 18:17; Lu 22:32; 1Co 14:20; 1Pe 2:2)4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 18:3; Mt 20:27; Mt 23:11)5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, (Mt 10:40; Mt 10:42)6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
1. Greek causes… to stumble; also verses 8, 9
 it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Mr 9:42; Lu 17:2; 1Co 8:12)
Temptations to Sin
7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin!
1. Greek stumbling blocks
 For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! (Mt 13:41; Mt 26:24; Lu 17:1; 1Co 11:19)8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. (Mt 5:29; Mt 25:41; Mr 9:43)9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” (Mt 18:15; Lu 17:3; Col 3:13)22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
1. Or bondservants; also verses 28, 31
 (Mt 25:19)24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
1. A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer
 fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ (Mt 8:2; Ac 10:25)27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. (Mt 18:25)28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii,
1. A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
 and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ (Mt 20:2; Mt 22:19; Mr 6:37; Mr 14:5; Lu 7:41; Lu 10:35; Joh 6:7)29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ (Mt 6:12; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13; 1Jo 4:11)34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,