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but whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in me to fall away, it would be better for him to have a millstone turned by a donkeya hung about his neck, and to be sunk in the depth of the lake. Bible
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A huge millstone turned by a donkey, not the small millstone women used to grind grain.

“millstone turned by a donkey.” The Greek literally reads, “millstone of a donkey,” and it refers to the large commercial millstones, which weighed many hundreds of pounds and were turned by donkeys or oxen; see commentary on Mark 9:42.

“the lake.” At that time Jesus and the disciples were in Galilee, and near the Sea of Galilee, which is a lake. The name, “the Sea of Galilee,” was given by people who had never seen it. It is actually quite a small lake. Using “the sea” here makes Jesus’ statement much more general and removes it from its geographical context.


Commentary for: Matthew 18:6