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.
“ 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.
“ Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”
For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.
“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the Lord of hosts. “ Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.
“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.
So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
He said to His disciples, “ It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come!
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,
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.
It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.
But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God;
For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,