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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
But strong meate belongeth to them that are of full age, euen those who by reason of vse haue their senses exercised to discerne both good and euil.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
But solid food is for fullgrown men, `even' those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.
- American Standard Version (1901)
But solid food is for men of full growth, even for those whose senses are trained by use to see what is good and what is evil.
- Basic English Bible
but solid food belongs to full-grown men, who, on account of habit, have their senses exercised for distinguishing both good and evil.
- Darby Bible
But strong food belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
- Webster's Bible
Such persons are mere babes. But solid food is for adults--that is, for those who through constant practice have their spiritual faculties carefully trained to distinguish good from evil.
- Weymouth Bible
But solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.
- World English Bible
But of perfit men is sad mete, of hem that for custom han wittis exercisid to discrecioun of good and of yuel.
- Wycliffe Bible
and of perfect men is the strong food, who because of the use are having the senses exercised, unto the discernment both of good and of evil.
- Youngs Literal Bible
5:14 But strong meat - These sublimer truths relating to perfection, #Heb 6:1|. Belong to them of full age, who by habit - Habit here signifies strength of spiritual understanding, arising from maturity of spiritual age. By, or in consequence of, this habit they exercise themselves in these things with ease, readiness, cheerfulness, and profit.
Heb 5:14 Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age. When one has reached manhood we do not expect him to live on the food of babes. So a church member, as time goes on, ought to feed on "solid food" (Revised Version), the higher teaching of religion. There should be growth in knowledge. Have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. The reference here is to the faculties of the soul. A Christian ought to study, to gain a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and especially of the New Testament to become able to teach others, and to explain the higher principles of our religion. In addition he ought to be able to discern the moral character of the environments of life, to know not only what to accept and what to reject, but how to warn his less instructed brethren.
BSP's comment on 2013-11-14 15:04:26:
This verse shows that spiritual maturity does not depend on one's age, but on how one uses their perception. The person has to be able to perceive what is right and wrong from God's standpoint even when there is no direct Bible command.
Brianna's comment on 2013-10-18 06:58:16:
I have always appreciated this verse. It helps me to see that constant study of God's word is vital to my spiritual maturity. Also, it shows that God certainly wants us to use what we learn from his word to be able to distinguish wrong from right.
Children need to be taught word for word, "don't do this..... do that". As we mature our knowledge from God's word will be the basis for knowing wrong from right! Just love it!
TILAK CHANDRA SEKARAN's comment on 2013-03-16 02:43:43:
I agree with People's bible Notes. Here the age doees not pertain to that of biological, but that of mind and the wisdom level. Only the matured mind can understand the deeper truths in Bible and conver that knowledge to it's and the benifit of the brotherhood.
So the spirit world can be understood in Christ's perception only by an enlightened soul.
Tilak Chandra Sekaran
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