17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumbles are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.t 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little onesu to stumble.v 3 So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sistera sins against you, rebuke them;w and if they repent, forgive them.x 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”y
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on med while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”e
The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman.