But whoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me…
The Rev. R. Cecil possessed remarkable decision of character. When he went to Cambridge. he made a resolution of restricting himself to a quarter of an hour daily in playing the violin — on which instrument he greatly excelled, and of which he was extravagantly fond; but, on finding it impracticable to adhere to his determination. he cut the strings, and never afterwards replaced them. He had studied for a painter; and retained through a life a fondness and taste for the art. He was once called to visit a sick lady, in whose room there was a painting which so strongly attracted his notice, that he found his attention diverted from the sick person and absorbed by the painting; from that moment he formed the resolution of mortifying a taste which he found so intrusive, and so obstructive to him in his nobler pursuits. and determined never again to frequent the exhibition.
Parallel VersesKJV: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
WEB: but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.