And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.
"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!
Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes.
If 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.
And 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!
"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.
[[For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.]]
What 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?
And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray.
In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.
But 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.
If 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.
a secret to another
A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but the trustworthy keeps a confidence.
The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid someone with a big mouth.