January 26
Matthew 18 & Judges 19:1-15
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Matthew 18

Chapter 18

18:1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. 3"I assure you," He said, "unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child-this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.
6"But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me-it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! 7Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes. 8If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!
10"See that you don't look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven. 11[For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.] 12What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won't he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray? 13And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray. 14In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
15"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16But if he won't listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. 17If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn't pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you. 18I assure you: Whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven. 19Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them."
21Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
22"I tell you, not as many as seven," Jesus said to him, "but 70 times seven. 23For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. 25Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.
26"At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything!' 27Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan.
28"But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, 'Pay what you owe!'
29"At this, his fellow slave fell down and began begging him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 30But he wasn't willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed. 31When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened.
32"Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?' 34And his master got angry and handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he could pay everything that was owed. 35So My heavenly Father will also do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart."

Judges 19:1-15

Judges 19:1-15

19:1In those days, when there was no king in Israel, a Levite living in a remote part of the hill country of Ephraim acquired a woman from Bethlehem in Judah as his concubine. 2But she was unfaithful to him and left him for her father's house in Bethlehem in Judah. She was there for a period of four months. 3Then her husband got up and went after her to speak kindly to her and bring her back. He had his servant with him and a pair of donkeys. So she brought him to her father's house, and when the girl's father saw him, he gladly welcomed him. 4His father-in-law, the girl's father, detained him, and he stayed with him for three days. They ate, drank, and spent the nights there.
5On the fourth day, they got up early in the morning and prepared to go, but the girl's father said to his son-in-law, "Have something to eat to keep up your strength and then you can go." 6So they sat down and the two of them ate and drank together. Then the girl's father said to the man, "Please agree to stay overnight and enjoy yourself." 7The man got up to go, but his father-in-law persuaded him, so he stayed and spent the night there again. 8He got up early in the morning of the fifth day to leave, but the girl's father said to him, "Please keep up your strength." So they waited until late afternoon and the two of them ate. 9The man got up to go with his concubine and his servant, when his father-in-law, the girl's father, said to him, "Look, night is coming. Please spend the night. See, the day is almost over. Spend the night here, enjoy yourself, then you can get up early tomorrow for your journey and go home."
10But the man was unwilling to spend the night. He got up, departed, and arrived opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). The man had his two saddled donkeys and his concubine with him. 11When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, "Please, why not let us stop at this Jebusite city and spend the night here?"
12But his master replied to him, "We will not stop at a foreign city where there are no Israelites. Let's move on to Gibeah." 13"Come on," he said, "let's try to reach one of these places and spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah." 14So they continued on their journey, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin. 15They stopped to go in and spend the night in Gibeah. The Levite went in and sat down in the city square, but no one took them into their home to spend the night.

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