Matthew 18:6-14

18:6 “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the open sea.
18:7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! It is necessary that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom they come.
18:8 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 to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into fiery hell.

18:10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
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18:12 What do you think? If someone owns a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? 18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.
18:14 In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.

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Matthew 17:22-18:5

17:22 When they gathered together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.
17:23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they became greatly distressed.

17:24 After they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Your teacher pays the double drachma tax, doesn’t he?”
17:25 He said, “Yes.” When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes – from their sons or from foreigners?”
17:26 After he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.
17:27 But so that we don’t offend them, go to the lake and throw out a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a four drachma coin. Take that and give it to them for me and you.”

18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
18:2 He called a child, had him stand among them,
18:3 and said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!
18:4 Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
18:5 And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me.

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Matthew 13:24-30

13:24 He presented them with another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field.
13:25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.
13:26 When the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.
13:27 So the slaves of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’
13:28 He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’
13:29 But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn.”

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Matthew 17:14-21

17:14 When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him,
17:15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire and into the water.
17:16 I brought him to your disciples, but they were not able to heal him.”
17:17 Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverse generation! How much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I endure you? Bring him here to me.”
17:18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed from that moment.
17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 17:20 He told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.”

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Matthew 17:1-13

17:1 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain.
17:2 And he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.
17:3 Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with him.
17:4 So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
17:5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my one dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to him!”
17:6 When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground.
17:7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Do not be afraid.”
17:8 When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.

17:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”
17:10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?”
17:11 He answered, “Elijah does indeed come first and will restore all things.
17:12 And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.”
17:13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

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Matthew 16:21-28

16:21 From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
16:22 So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!”
16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.”
16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
16:26 For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?
16:27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
16:28 I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

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Matthew 16:13-20

16:13 When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
16:14 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
16:17 And Jesus answered him, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven!
16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.”
16:20 Then he instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

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