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Matthew 18:5-6

Context
18:5 And whoever welcomes 1  a child like this in my name welcomes me.

18:6 “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, 2  it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 3  hung around his neck and to be drowned in the open sea. 4 

Matthew 18:10

Context
The Parable of the Lost Sheep

18:10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:14

Context
18:14 In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.

1 tn This verb, δέχομαι (decomai), is a term of hospitality (L&N 34.53).

2 tn The Greek term σκανδαλίζω (skandalizw), translated here “causes to sin” can also be translated “offends” or “causes to stumble.”

3 tn Grk “the millstone of a donkey.” This refers to a large flat stone turned by a donkey in the process of grinding grain (BDAG 661 s.v. μύλος 2; L&N 7.68-69). The same term is used in the parallel account in Mark 9:42.

sn The punishment of drowning with a heavy weight attached is extremely gruesome and reflects Jesus’ views concerning those who cause others who believe in him to sin.

4 tn The term translated “open” here (πελάγει, pelagei) refers to the open sea as opposed to a stretch of water near a coastline (BDAG 794 s.v. πέλαγος). A similar English expression would be “the high seas.”



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