68. Back in Capernaum
30They went on from therea and passed through Galilee. And he would not have anyone know it.
33And they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the houseb he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”
34But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest (in the kingdom).
35And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be servant of all.”
36And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms he said to them: 3“Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will make little progress in the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 37Whoever receives one such child receives me. And whoever receives me receives not only me but him who sent me. 6But whosoever causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 8And if your hand or your eye causes you to stumble, sacrifice them; it is better to enter life minus these than to be shut out of the kingdom. 10See that you do not despise these little ones, for their angels do always behold the faces of the heavenly hosts.”
(Mk. 9:30, 33–36; Mt. 18:3–4; Mk. 9:37; Mt. 18:6, 8, 10)
a “went on from there”—That is, they went on from the vicinity of Mt. Hermon back to Galilee. (See map on page 24.)
b “in the house”—Perhaps the house of Andrew and Peter, who lived at Capernaum.
Mk. 9:34 greatest (in the kingdom). / greatest. (RSV)
Mk. 9:35 be servant / be last of all and servant (RSV)
Mt. 18:3 will make little progress in the / will never enter the (RSV)
Mt. 18:4 child, the same is greatest (KJV) / child, he is the greatest (RSV)
Mk. 9:37 child receives / child in my name receives (RSV) • not only me (Phi) / not me (RSV)
Mt. 18:6 ones to / ones who believe in me to (RSV)
Mt. 18:8 your eye causes (Mt. 18:9) / your foot causes (RSV) • to stumble, sacrifice them; / to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; (RSV) • life minus these than / life maimed or lame than (RSV) • than to be shut out of the kingdom. / than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. (RSV)
Mt. 18:10 for their / for I tell you that in heaven their (RSV) • of the heavenly hosts / of my Father who is in heaven (RSV) (158:7–8/1759,61)