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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on Matthew 18:1-14

From the Geneva Notes

Mt 18:2
18:2 {1} And Jesus called a {a} little child unto him, and set
him in the midst of them,

(1) Humbleness of mind is the right way to preeminence.
(a) A child in years.

Mt 18:3
18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be {b}
converted, and become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the kingdom of heaven.

(b) An idiom taken from the Hebrews which is equivalent to

Mt 18:6
18:6 {2} But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which
believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were
hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the
depth of the sea.

(2) We ought to have great respect for our brethren no matter
how base they may be: and he that does otherwise shall be
sharply punished.

Mt 18:7
18:7 {3} Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must
needs be that {c} offences come; but woe to that man by
whom the offence cometh!

(3) A good man cannot help but experience offences, yet he must
by no means offer offence.
(c) Obstructions and hindrances which stop the course of good
works. The Greek word conveys the sense of things
which we stumble at.

Mt 18:8
18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot {d} offend thee, cut them
off, and cast [them] from thee: it is better for thee to
enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two
hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

(d) See Geneva Mt "5:29"

Mt 18:10
18:10 {4} Take heed that ye despise not one of these little
ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do
always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

(4) The weaker that a man is, the greater care we ought to have
for his salvation, as God teaches us by his own example.

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