New American Standard Bible
"These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.
King James Bible
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
Darby Bible Translation
These things I have spoken unto you that ye may not be offended.
World English Bible
"These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn't be caused to stumble.
Young's Literal Translation
'These things I have spoken to you, that ye may not be stumbled,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
These things - The things spoken in the two previous chapters, promising them divine aid and directing them in the path of duty.
Be offended - For the meaning of the word offend, see the notes at Matthew 5:29. It means here the same as to stumble or fall - that is, to apostatize. He proceeds immediately to tell them, what he had often apprised them of, that they would be subject to great persecutions and trials. He was also himself about to be removed by death. They were to go into an unfriendly world. All these things were in themselves greatly fitted to shake their faith, and to expose them to the danger of apostasy. Compare Luke 24:21. If they had not been apprised of this, if they had not known why Jesus was about to die, and if they had not been encouraged with the promised aid of the Holy Spirit, they would have sunk under these trials, and forsaken him and his cause. And we may learn hence:
1. that if Christians were left to themselves they would fall away and perish.
2. that God affords means and helps beforehand to keep them in the path of duty.
3. that the instructions of the Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit are all granted to keep them from apostasy.
4. that Jesus beforehand secured the fidelity and made certain the continuance in faith of his apostles, seeing all their dangers and knowing all their enemies. And, in like manner, we should be persuaded that "he is able to keep that which we commit to him against that day," 2 Timothy 1:12.
LibraryNovember 29 Evening
Do ye now believe?--JOHN 16:31. What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead.--Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Ye see then how that …
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