He will be a sanctuary; but for the two houses of Israel, He will be a stone to stumble over and a rock to trip over, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
He said, "Build it up, build it up, prepare the way, remove [every] obstacle from My people's way."
Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: "Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed--
Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
As it is written: Look! I am putting a stone in Zion to stumble over, and a rock to trip over, yet the one who believes on Him will not be put to shame.
but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.
To some we are a scent of death leading to death, but to others, a scent of life leading to life. And who is competent for this?
So the honor is for you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected-- this One has become the cornerstone, and
However, I have let you live for this purpose: to show you My power and to make My name known in all the earth.
And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction?
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, [pronounced] long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.
For certain men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.