Bible Study Word

Matthew 5:29 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

29 If your right eye makes you stumble,[1] tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for one of your members to be lost to you than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna.[2]

Matthew 13:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

21 Yet he has no root in himself but continues for a time, and after tribulation or persecution has arisen on account of the word he is at once stumbled.

Matthew 13:41 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling and those who practice lawlessness,

Matthew 17:27 Updated American Standard Version (U)

27 However, so that we do not cause them to stumble, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel.[3] Take that and give it to them for you and me.”

Romans 11:9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

And David says,

“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;

Romans 14:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything over which your brother stumbles.

1 Corinthians 1:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,

1 John 2:10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

10 The one who loves his brother remains in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

[1] Stumble, fall away, to be offended: (Gr. skandalizomai) In Greek, “stumbling block” (skandalon) was originally a device or trap, which contained bait, to ensnare or catch something alive. (1 John 2:10) It is used in the Scriptures as a trap, obstacle, or snare that stumbles one into sinning. (Rom. 11:9; Matt. 13:41) It can also be used as an obstacle that causes offense, resulting in opposition. (1 Cor. 1:23; Gal. 5:11) The Greek, (skandalizomai) refers to one who ceases to believe because of tribulation. (Matt. 13:21) It can also refer to one who is spiritually weak, immature in the faith, resulting in their falling into sin. (2 Cor. 11:29) In addition, it can refer to one who takes offense to some action. (Matt. 15:12) It can refer to one who causes another no longer to believe (John 6:61) It can also refer to something or someone that causes another to sin because they are spiritually weak or immature in the faith. (Matt. 5:29; Rom. 14:21) It can refer to another who is angered or shocked by something or someone, which could result in their sinning.–Matt. 17:27; John 6:61.

[2] Gehenna: geenna (Gehenna) occurs 12 times and is the Greek name for the valley of Hinnom, southwest of Jerusalem (Jer. 7:31), where the horrendous worship of Moloch took place, and it was prophetically said that where dead bodies would be thrown. (Jer. 7:32; 19:6) It was an incinerator where trash and dead bodies were destroyed, not a place to be burned alive or tormented. Jesus and his disciples used Gehenna to symbolize eternal destruction, annihilation, or the “second death,” an eternal punishment of death.

[3] Shekel: (Heb. (šě·qěl); Gr. statēr) A stater silver coin worth two didrachmas (four drachmas) or approximately one shekel (11.4 g), valued at about four days of a common laborer’s wages. This was the basic Hebrew unit of weight and of monetary value. After the Babylonian exile down to the time of Jesus, the shekel does refer to a monetary value (coinage) at times but it generally refers to a weight. The “the shekel of the sanctuary” could have been an expression that emphasized that the weight needed to be exact or that there needed to be a standard weight kept at the tabernacle.–Ex 30:13; Matt 17:27; 26:15.