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!
Let us grant that in individual cases a man may give such care and attention as not to sin, yet it is impossible that — taking all contingent events in the lump — a man should not sometimes be remiss, and fail. or slip. For this is the infirmity of the mind of man since the Fall. In the same way it is necessary that the most skilful archer, who to a certainty hits the mark as often as he chooses to do so, should sometimes miss it, if he is perpetually shooting at it. For this is a condition and result of human weakness — that mind, hand, or eye cannot long keep up the strain of their attention, that a man should hit the mark a hundred times running. He must miss sometimes.
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!