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

  • Joanne stern
    Besides all the great meaning in the scripture, it is so beautifully spoken in the king james version. I just don't see how anyone can be vain enough to think they can improve upon it
  • Irene123
    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God, Micah 6:8.

    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man, Eccl. 12:13. If ye love me, keep my commandments, Jn.14:15.

    I remembered Mic., Jn by heart, cont.
  • Jake
    Love is easily understood on a very surface, conceptual level, but I think it is important not just to see compassion as a thing to implement,but rather to rediscover it as the intrinsic aspect of humanity that throughout our lives we have a tendency to build walls around in the interest of self preservation. It is important to work on removing our walls so our childlike love can shine through.
  • Bre
    I was taught a valuable lesson about love this weekend. A family member and I had a disagreement about money we was still speaking with one another. But out of no where that family member passed away . I'm so glad that we still continued to love each other.
  • Vikthor
    Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.... Those four keys goes for everyone the poor, rich, sick, motherless, handicapped, lonely, frustrated,for all are the living, but all without CHARITY is profiteth you nothing..
  • Lilian
    Charity is the greatest of all compared to your hope and faith. God have commanded us to do Coz even if you have faith and hope but without charity we will not be blessed. God filled our cups to overflow so that we can be a blessing and be light to others Thanks to the blood of Jesus. Lets keep praising Jesus and worship him alone for he is our Jehova our Provider our Peace and righteousness AMN