1 Corinthians 13:11

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When I was a childe, I spake as a childe, I vnderstood as a childe, I thought as a childe: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When I was a child, I made use of a child's language, I had a child's feelings and a child's thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child.
- Basic English Bible

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I reasoned as a child; when I became a man, I had done with what belonged to the child.
- Darby Bible

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
- Webster's Bible

When I was a child, I talked like a child, felt like a child, reasoned like a child: when I became a man, I put from me childish ways.
- Weymouth Bible

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.
- World English Bible

Whanne Y was a litil child, Y spak as a litil child, Y vndurstood as a litil child, Y thouyte as a litil child; but whanne Y was maad a man, Y auoidide tho thingis that weren of a litil child.
- Wycliffe Bible

When I was a babe, as a babe I was speaking, as a babe I was thinking, as a babe I was reasoning, and when I have become a man, I have made useless the things of the babe;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:11


13:11 In our present state we are mere infants in point of knowledge, compared to what we shall be hereafter. I put away childish things - Of my own accord, willingly, without trouble.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:11


1Co 13:11 When I was a child. In these verses the change he has declared will take place is illustrated by the change from childhood to manhood. When I became a man. The speech, thoughts and feelings of the child give way to those of the man. So it will be when the church moves on from childhood to full development.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • Swchu
    Interesting and rewarding source knowledge for happy growth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Joanne stern
    I love these verses. God looks at our hearts. Not what we do, but why do we do it. Are we wanting to be center stage or do we want to praise and glorify GOD?
  • BSP
    This chapter is a beautiful description of how love should cause us to behave and how it should restrain us from behaving.
  • Abigael
    God himself is charity so it is expected of us to love our brothers and sisters much till there's no one to love so that we can be like him.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    May God give us the grace to display charity (love) to all.
  • A disciple
    The Scriptures say that if we endure to the end and overcome, we shall be kings and priest to God. Jesus said, that in the Regeneration, when He shall sit on the throne of His glory; we too shall sit upon thrones judging His people. In Deut. 17:14-20 it is commanded the kings to write out a copy of the Law, and read in it continually: to be able to judge right, and so to not be lifted up in pride.