Matthew 18:14
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New International Version
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

New Living Translation
In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father's will that even one of these little ones should perish.

English Standard Version
So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Berean Study Bible
In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Berean Literal Bible
Thus it is not the will of your Father who is in the heavens that one of these little ones should perish.

New American Standard Bible
"So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

King James Bible
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

International Standard Version
In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost."

NET Bible
In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.

New Heart English Bible
Even so it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Just so, it is not the will before your Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want one of these little ones to be lost.

New American Standard 1977
“Thus it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in the heavens that one of these little ones should perish.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

American King James Version
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

American Standard Version
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Darby Bible Translation
So it is not the will of your Father who is in [the] heavens that one of these little ones should perish.

English Revised Version
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Weymouth New Testament
Just so it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

World English Bible
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Young's Literal Translation
so it is not will in presence of your Father who is in the heavens, that one of these little ones may perish.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. 15If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:13
And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.

Matthew 18:15
If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
Treasury of Scripture

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

it is.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to …

John 6:39,40 And this is the Father's will which has sent me, that of all which …

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those …

Romans 8:28-39 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

Ephesians 1:5-7 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ …

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

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Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, …

Matthew 6:9,32 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, …

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Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

1 Corinthians 8:11-13 And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

Hebrews 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be …

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(14) Even so it is not the will . . .--The form of the proposition has all the force that belongs to the rhetorical use of the negative. "It is not the will" suggests the thought that the will of the Father is the very opposite of that, and so the words are identical in their teaching with those of St. Paul, "He will have all men to be saved" (1Timothy 2:4). The continued presence of the child is again emphasised in "one of these little ones."

Verse 14. - Even so. The teaching of the parable is summed up; the conduct of the earthly shepherd is a figure of that of the heavenly Shepherd. The will of your Father... perish. To scandalize one of these little ones, or lead him into sin (which is to cause to perish), is to fight against God's will, who would have all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). "When the dignity of the little ones was asserted, it was Πατρός μου, 'my Father;' now that a motive directly acting on the conscience of the Christian is urged, it is Πατρὸς ὑμῶν, your Father" (Alford). St. Paul teaches that Christ died for the weak brethren (Romans 14:15; 1 Corinthians 8:11). With this text (ver. 14) before him, it is inconceivable that any one can hold the doctrine of the eternal reprobation of certain souls. The whole passage is opposed to the theory of irrespective predestination and irresistible grace. Even so it is not the will of your father which is in heaven,.... This is the accommodation, or application of the parable of the lost sheep to the present purpose, and is the top of the climax or gradation here made use of. First, Christ observes, in order to deter any from despising and offending any of his disciples, even the meanest, that they have angels to be their guardians, who are continually in the presence of God; and next, that he himself in human nature came to be the author of salvation to these persons; and then rises up to the sovereign will of his Father, and their's, the source and security of their everlasting happiness; which will is, not

that one of these little ones, that believe in Christ,

should perish. It is his will of command that no stumbling block should be laid in their way to cause them to stumble and fall, to the grieving of their souls, the wounding of their consciences, and the perishing, or loss of their peace and comfort; and it is his unalterable will of purpose, or his unchangeable decree, that not one of them, even the meanest, shall perish eternally: in pursuance of which will, he has chosen them in his Son, he has put them into his hands, and secured them in his covenant; and having redeemed them by Christ, and called them by grace, he keeps them by his power, through faith unto salvation. Nor shall anyone of them finally and totally fall away and perish, through the power of their own corruptions, the temptations of Satan, the reproaches and persecutions of men, the frowns or flatteries of the world, or through the errors and heresies of false teachers, or any other way. It is to be observed, that when our Lord, in Matthew 18:10, is speaking of the happiness of the angels, and the honour done to the little ones by having such guardians; then the more to aggrandize this matter, he represents those as in the presence of his "Father which is in heaven"; but here, when he would express the wonderful love and grace of God, in the resolutions of his heart, and purposes of his will, to save them, then it is "your Father which is in heaven"; and this, the rather to engage them to the belief of it, since they stood in such a near relation to him, as children to a father: and therefore must be infinitely more concerned for their welfare, than a proprietor of sheep can be, for one that is lost. The Arabic and Ethiopic versions indeed read, "my father", but without any authority; for the phraseology, "the will before your Father", as in the original text; see Gill on Matthew 11:26 14. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish—How, then, can He but visit for those "offenses" which endanger the souls of these little ones?18:7-14 Considering the cunning and malice of Satan, and the weakness and depravity of men's hearts, it is not possible but that there should be offences. God permits them for wise and holy ends, that those who are sincere, and those who are not, may be made known. Being told before, that there will be seducers, tempters, persecutors, and bad examples, let us stand on our guard. We must, as far as lawfully we may, part with what we cannot keep without being entangled by it in sin. The outward occasions of sin must be avoided. If we live after the flesh, we must die. If we, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body, we shall live. Christ came into the world to save souls, and he will reckon severely with those who hinder the progress of others who are setting their faces heavenward. And shall any of us refuse attention to those whom the Son of God came to seek and to save? A father takes care of all his children, but is particularly tender of the little ones.
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