15 “If your brotherI or sister sinsII against you, goIII
and point out the faultIV when the two of you are alone.V If you are listenedVI to, you have regainedVII that one.VIII
16 But if you are not listened to, takeIX oneX or twoXI others along with you, so that everyXII wordXIII
may be confirmedXIV by the evidenceXV of two or threeXVI witnesses.XVII
17 If that person refuses to listenXVIII to them, tell it to the church,XIX and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a gentileXX and a tax collector.XXI
18 TrulyXXII I tellXXIII you, whatever you bindXXIV
on earthXXV will be bound in heaven,XXVI and whatever you looseXXVII on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agreeXXVIII on earth about anythingXXIX you ask,XXX it will be doneXXXI for you by my FatherXXXII in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gatheredXXXIII in my name,XXXIV I am there amongXXXV them.”
Image credit: “Merciful Father/Lost Son” on the external wall of St. Apollinaris and Agatha in Scheven, Germany. Photo by Thomas Hummel, 2022.