stumbling block

stumbling block

Any obstacle that may cause someone’s downfall, whether literal (Lev 19:14) or figurative. In Ezekiel it is idolatry (e.g., Ezek 14:3-4, Ezek 14:7), while in (Jer 6:21) it is left unspecified. According to (Isa 8:14-15), the disobedient stumble over their God, and in the NT this thought is applied to unbelievers who stumble over Christ (Rom 9:32-33; 1Pet 2:8). Paul specifically calls Christ’s death a stumbling block for the world (1Cor 1:23; Gal 5:11); he also warns that believers who flaunt their newfound freedom in Christ may place a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of others who do not share their knowledge (Rom 14:13; 1Cor 8:9).

Lev 19:14

14You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

Ezek 14:3-4

3Mortal, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and placed their iniquity as a stumbling block before them; shall I let myself be consulted by them ... View more

Ezek 14:7

7For any of those of the house of Israel, or of the aliens who reside in Israel, who separate themselves from me, taking their idols into their hearts and placi ... View more

Jer 6:21

21Therefore thus says the Lord:
See, I am laying before this people
stumbling blocks against which they shall stumble;
parents and children together,
neighbor a ... View more

Isa 8:14-15

14He will become a sanctuary, a stone one strikes against; for both houses of Israel he will become a rock one stumbles over—a trap and a snare for the inhabita ... View more

Rom 9:32-33

32Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,33as it is wr ... View more

1Pet 2:8

8and
“A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

1Cor 1:23

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

Gal 5:11

11But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.

Rom 14:13

Do Not Make Another Stumble
13Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the wa ... View more

1Cor 8:9

9But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

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