Matthew 18:6

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But who so shall offend one of these little ones which beleeue in me, it were better for him that a milstone were hanged about his necke, and that hee were drowned in the depth of the Sea.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and `that' he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But whoever is a cause of trouble to one of these little ones who have faith in me, it would be better for him to have a great stone fixed to his neck, and to come to his end in the deep sea.
- Basic English Bible

But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it were profitable for him that a great millstone had been hanged upon his neck and he be sunk in the depths of the sea.
- Darby Bible

But whoever shall cause one of these little ones who believe in me, to sin, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
- Webster's Bible

But whoever shall occasion the fall of one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung round his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
- Weymouth Bible

but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.
- World English Bible

But who so sclaundrith oon of these smale, that bileuen in me, it spedith to hym that a mylnstoon `of assis be hangid in his necke, and he be drenchid in the depnesse of the see.
- Wycliffe Bible

and whoever may cause to stumble one of those little ones who are believing in me, it is better for him that a weighty millstone may be hanged upon his neck, and he may be sunk in the depth of the sea.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 18:6


Mt 18:6 Whoso shall offend. The Revised Version makes this plainer by rendering it "cause to stumble", or to go astray. Little ones not only embraces children who have learned to believe in Christ, but all lowly and humble disciples. Better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck. Better that a man should lose his life in so terrible a way than to destroy the souls of others. Drowned in the depth of the sea. Which was within sight. This method of capital punishment was practiced by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and possibly occasionally by the Jews. It is still practiced by the Turks.

Discussion for Matthew 18

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 18:37 PILATE THEREFORE SAID UNTO HIM ART THOU A KING THEN JESUS ANSWERED THOU SAYEST THAT I AM A KING TO THIS END WAS I BORN AND FOR THIS CAUSE CAME I INTO THE WORLD THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH EVERYONE THAT IS OF THE TRUTH HEARETH MY VOICE --- 2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 AND WITH ALL DECEIVEABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH --- JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTTIMONY FROM MAN --- BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED --- JOHN 17:17 SANCTIFY THEM THROUGH THY TRUTH THY WORD IS TRUTH --- 1 KINGS 2:4 THAT THE LORD MAY CONTINUE HIS WORD WHICH HE SPAKE CONCERNING ME SAYING --- IF --- THY CHILDREN TAKE HEED TO THEIR WAY TO WALK BEFORE ME IN TRUTH WITH ALL THEIR HEART AND WITH ALL THEIR SOUL THERE SHALL NOT FAIL THEE SAID HE A MAN ON THE THRONE OF ISRAEL --- ACTS 3:26 UNTO YOU FIRST GOD HAVING SENT HIS SON JESUS SENT HIM TO BLESS YOU IN TURNING AWAY EVERYONE OF YOU FROM HIS INIQUITIES --- JOHN 5:38 AND YOU HAVE NOT HIS WORD ABIDING IN YOU FOR WHOM HE HATH SENT HIM YOU BELIEVE NOT
  • BSP
    Jesus came to save the lost ones. We are grateful for the ransom of Jesus because without this ransom we would still be lost and with no chance of survival.
  • ADAM Ulysses Shuler
    I BELIEVE IN JESUS AND GOD IS THE FIRST AND THE LAST AND AS MY SAVOIR.
  • Felix Katue
    this was so much encouraging me
  • Betty Deloach
    Knowing that Jesus is looking forward to a new day to be present with us, not in body but through the Holy Spirit is an awesome feeling and just knowing that, I have something to look forward to as a believer in Christ. Also, in the Spirit no matter where one lives, he will be with us all. He is omnipresent. Thanks God for Jesus and His amazing grace.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Like the lord in verse 27, Jesus is willing to forgive all our sins so we can be blameless when we appear before Him at His Judgement Seat. We should also adopt the same posture of forgiving all those who trespass against us, countless times.

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