For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.…
A traveller relates that, when passing through an Austrian town, his attention was directed to a forest on a slope near the road, and he was told that death was the penalty of cutting down one of those trees. He was incredulous until he was further informed that they were the protection of the city, breaking the force of the descending avalanche which, without this natural barrier, would sweep over the homes of thousands. To transgress once is to lay the axe at the root of the tree which represents the security and peace of every loyal soul in the wide dominion of the Almighty.
Parallel VersesKJV: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.