Woe to the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
1. The drawing of our brethren into erroneous opinions; such as have an ill-influence on men's lives and manners.
2. Enticing men to sin by wicked advice and solicitations.
3. Affrighting or discouraging others from being religious, or from the doing of their duty in particular instances: such things as(1) persecuting for righteousness' sake:(2) representing the ways of religion as very rugged and difficult, and the duties thereof as over-harsh and severe:(3) making a great number of additions to the law of God, and imposing them as necessary to salvation:(4) treating those who have fallen into errors of judgment or practice, with too great harshness and severity.
4. Offering an evil example.
Parallel VersesKJV: Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!