“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.
but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come!
and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.
Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
but as it is written,
“They who had no news of Him shall see,
And they who have not heard shall understand.”
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols?
Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God;
giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,
so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach;
Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.”