Luke 17:2

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

It were better for him that a milstone were hanged about his necke, and he cast into the Sea, then that he should offend one of these little ones.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

It were well for him if a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It would be well for him if a great stone was put round his neck and he was dropped into the sea, before he made trouble for any of these little ones.
- Basic English Bible

It would be [more] profitable for him if a millstone were hanged about his neck and he cast into the sea, than that he should be a snare to one of these little ones.
- Darby Bible

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to fall into sin.
- Webster's Bible

It would be well for him if, with a millstone round his neck, he were lying at the bottom of the sea, rather than that he should cause even one of these little ones to fall.
- Weymouth Bible

It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.
- World English Bible

It is more profitable to him, if a mylne stoon be put aboute his necke, and he be cast in to the see, than that he sclaundre oon of these litle.
- Wycliffe Bible

it is more profitable to him if a weighty millstone is put round about his neck, and he hath been cast into the sea, than that he may cause one of these little ones to stumble.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 17:2


17:2 Little ones - Weak believers.


Discussion for Luke 17

  • John
    "The gifts of God are without repentance."
  • The spirit will be saved and live whilst the body is lost. Evil or vultures that seek to devour the spirit are in th body mind
  • Chitsanzo H Mokiwa for verse 5
    It's all about recognizing your shortfall and asking for a specific direct help!!!!
  • John Hodge
    This chapter is reminding man, to get ready because His coming is very near. God also displaying His, Unconditional-Love to mankind, still asking that old question 'Adam where art thou? Throughout the ages He's asking that same question in Luke,asking where are the rest 90 in giving 'Thanks' to God and His Son for His Loving-kindness and tender-mercy...in spite of our un-thankfulness to Him. In the days of Lot and Noah man god is still materialistic things until now! God sill loves us and giving us time to repent and be prepared for His soon returns to this earth.
  • Derrick francis
    Luke is a very a interesting chapter and its a eye opening verse and I teaches you that went god blesses you must give thanks to him and serve him that when you are in need again he can help you and when you don 't thank him. HE WILL forgive you and he will help you again because he forgives you 70 7
  • Sandy
    Heres what I got out of this chapter. People better get right with God now! God isn 't going to wait for us to get ready.. God can do whatever he wants, He 's God and he created us for him!!

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