A Sanctuary, “A Stone of Stumbling”

2 Nephi 18:14

14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

“When the stone of Israel comes, He shall be a sanctuary for the righteous; they shall find peace and safety under the shelter of His gospel; but He shall be a Stone of Stumbling and a Rock of Offense (as also a gin and a snare) to the rebellious and disobedient in Jerusalem and in all Israel. They shall stumble and fall because of Him; they shall take offense because of His teachings and be condemned and broken and snared and taken for rejecting them.”

(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1965–73], 3:292–93.)