And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell…
"Do you know," said a young lady to her brother, "there is a reporter to be at the ball to which we are going tomorrow, and a full account will be given in the newspapers of everybody who is there?" Ah! yes, there was a Reporter there whom she little thought of — a Reporter who is in every place to which you can go, whether it be to the house of feasting or the house of mourning, to the resort which defiles you or which purifies you, to the place of cursing or the place of prayer; and the day is coining when that Reporter shall publish, before the myriads amid whom you shall stand at the judgment seat of God, what "everyone has done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad." What will be disclosed as to the paths on which your feet have been made to go? Will you expect to hear that you have never been, in thought or purpose, in any place but where Christ's footprints were known to be before you?
(D. G. Watt, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: