NKJV - 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
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A "millstone" is a very large and heavy cut stone used in a type of mill (for grinding things such as grains) powered by an animal, such as a donkey. I copied and pasted a link below that gives more detailed information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millstone Here is another link that describes the history of the use of a millstone hung around a criminal's neck as a type of execution: http://www.newtestamentchurch.org/OPA/Articles/1986/09/a%20millstone.htm The point of Jesus' statement in this passage is that He is very concerned about how we live our lives before others. He is so adamant that we don't lead children or new believers astray that He indicates in this passage that this kind of terrifying and humiliating death by drowning would be preferable to the punishment that is due to those that mislead or misrepresent Jesus to the innocent or the naive. While Jesus' death on the cross is sufficient to forgive the sins of those that lead others astray, this passage is a clear picture of how offensive it is to Jesus if we commit this sin. It is a warning to do our best to live a life that honors Christ and to represent Him with integrity to all of those who watch us.
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