Parallel Verses

John Wesley New Testament

Wherefore? Because they sought it, not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law: for they stumbled at that stumbling stone;

New American Standard Bible

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,

King James Version

Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

Holman Bible

Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.

International Standard Version

Why not? Because they did not pursue it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on achievements. They stumbled over the stone that causes people to stumble.

A Conservative Version

Why? Because it was not from faith but as from works of law. For they stumbled at the stone of stumbling,

American Standard Version

Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by works. They stumbled at the stone of stumbling;

Amplified

And why not? Because it was not by faith [that they pursued it], but as though it were by works [relying on the merit of their works instead of their faith]. They stumbled over the stumbling Stone [Jesus Christ].

An Understandable Version

Why? Because they did not [attempt to do it] by faith [in Him], but by trying to fulfill all the requirements [of the law]. So, they stumbled over "the stumbling stone," [i.e., the Jews refused to become obedient to Christ. See I Pet. 2:6-8].

Anderson New Testament

And why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as if by works of law: for they stumbled against that stone of stumbling,

Bible in Basic English

Why? Because they were not searching for it by faith, but by works. They came up against the stone which was in the way;

Common New Testament

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Daniel Mace New Testament

why? because they sought it not by faith, but indeed by the works of the law: for they stumbled at that stumbling-stone;

Darby Translation

Wherefore? Because it was not on the principle of faith, but as of works. They have stumbled at the stumblingstone,

Godbey New Testament

Why? Because they sought it not from faith, but as it were from works: they stumbled over the stone of stumbling,

Goodspeed New Testament

And why? Because they did not seek it through faith, but through doing certain things. They stumbled over that stone that makes people stumble,

Julia Smith Translation

Wherefore? Because not of faith, but as of the works of the law. For they stumbled at the stumblingstone;

King James 2000

Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;

Lexham Expanded Bible

Why that? Because [they did] not [pursue it] by faith, but as [if] by works. They stumbled over the {stone that causes people to stumble},

Modern King James verseion

Why? Because it was not of faith, but as it were by the works of the Law. For they stumbled at that Stumbling-stone;

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith: but as it were, by the works of the law. For they have stumbled at the stumbling stone.

Moffatt New Testament

And why? Simply because Israel has relied not on faith but on what they could do. They have stumbled over the stone that makes men stumble ??33 as it is written, Here I lay a stone in Sion that will make men stumble, even a rock to trip them up; but he who believes in Him will never be disappointed.

Montgomery New Testament

And why? Because they sought it not by faith, but thought to gain it by works. They stumbled at the stone of stumbling;

NET Bible

Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but (as if it were possible) by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,

New Heart English Bible

Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone;

Noyes New Testament

Why? Because they did not strive for it by faith, but as being by works. For they stumbled against the stone of stumbling;

Sawyer New Testament

For what reason? Because they are not of faith, but as it were of works of the law; for they stumbled at the stone of stumbling,

The Emphasized Bible

Wherefore? Because, not by faith but as by works, have they sought it : they have stumbled at the stone of stumbling,

Thomas Haweis New Testament

And why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as by the works of the law. For they stumbled against that stone of stumbling;

Twentieth Century New Testament

And why? Because they looked to obedience, and not to faith, to secure it. They stumbled over 'the Stumbling-block.'

Webster

Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling-stone;

Weymouth New Testament

And why? Because they were pursuing a righteousness which should arise not from faith, but from what they regarded as merit. They stuck their foot against the stone which lay in their way;

Williams New Testament

Why? Because they did not try through faith but through what they could do. They have stumbled over the stone that causes people to stumble,

World English Bible

Why? Because they didn't seek it by faith, but as it were by works of the law. They stumbled over the stumbling stone;

Worrell New Testament

Wherefore? because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by works. They stumbled at the Stone of stumbling;

Worsley New Testament

because they sought it not by faith, but by the works of the law, for they stumbled at that stumbling-stone;

Youngs Literal Translation

wherefore? because -- not by faith, but as by works of law; for they did stumble at the stone of stumbling,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
τίς 
Tis 
Usage: 344

ὅτι 
Hoti 
Usage: 764

they sought it not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

by
ἐκ ἐξ 
Ek 
ἐκ ἐξ 
Ek 
of, from, out of, by, on, with,
of, from, out of, by, on, with,
Usage: 709
Usage: 709

πίστις 
Pistis 
Usage: 221

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

as it were
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

the works
ἔργον 
Ergon 
Usage: 130

of the law
νόμος 
Nomos 
law
Usage: 179

For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

προσκόπτω 
Proskopto 
Usage: 5

at that
λίθος 
Lithos 
Usage: 41

Context Readings

God Chose People Who Are Not Jewish

31 But Israel following after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it, not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law: for they stumbled at that stumbling stone; 33 As it is written, Behold I lay in Sion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence: and every one that believeth on him shall not be ashamed.



Cross References

1 Peter 2:8

And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, to them who stumble, not believing the word, whereunto also they were appointed.

Matthew 13:57

And they were offended at him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Matthew 19:16-20

And behold one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Luke 2:34

Behold this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against,

Luke 7:23

And happy is he, whosoever shall not be offended at me.

John 6:27-29

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth to everlasting life, which the Son of man will give you; for him hath God the Father sealed.

Acts 16:30-34

And having brought them out he said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Romans 4:16

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be of grace, that the promise might be firm to all the seed; not only to that which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (As it is written,

Romans 10:3

For they being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

Romans 11:11

I say then, Have they stumbled so as to fall? God forbid. But by their fall salvation is come to the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.

1 Corinthians 1:23

to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness:

1 John 5:9-12

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; and this is the testimony of God, which he hath testified of his Son.

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