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Matthew 18:5-9 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Temptations to Sin

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

“Woe to the world for temptations to sin![b] For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin,[c] cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin,[d] pluck it out and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell[e][f] of fire.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 18:6 Greek causes . . . to stumble
  2. Matthew 18:7 Greek stumbling blocks
  3. Matthew 18:8 Greek causes . . . to stumble
  4. Matthew 18:9 Greek causes . . . to stumble
  5. Matthew 18:9 Greek Gehenna
  6. 18.9 Gehenna (see footnote b) was the name of a valley south of Jerusalem where human sacrifice had once been practiced; cf. 2 Chron 33.6. Later it became a cursed place and a refuse dump, and the name came to symbolize the Christian place of punishment.
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Matthew 18:5-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Jesus Warns of Offenses

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of [a]offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into [b]hell fire.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 18:7 enticements to sin
  2. Matthew 18:9 Gr. Gehenna
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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