1 Corinthians 14:20

“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Brethren, bee not children in vnderstanding: how be it, in malice be yee children, but in vnderstanding be men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Brethren, be not children in mind: yet in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My brothers, do not be children in mind: in evil be as little children, but in mind be of full growth.
- Basic English Bible

Brethren, be not children in [your] minds, but in malice be babes; but in [your] minds be grown [men].
- Darby Bible

Brethren, be not children in understanding: yet in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
- Webster's Bible

Brethren, do not prove yourselves to be children in your minds. As regards evil, indeed, be utter babes, but as regards your minds prove yourselves to be men of ripe years.
- Weymouth Bible

Brothers, don't be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature.
- World English Bible

Britheren, nyle ye be maad children in wittis, but in malice be ye children; but in wittis be ye parfit.
- Wycliffe Bible

Brethren, become not children in the understanding, but in the evil be ye babes, and in the understanding become ye perfect;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:20


14:20 Be not children in understanding - This is an admirable stroke of true oratory! to bring down the height of their spirits, by representing that wherein they prided themselves most, as mere folly and childishness. In wickedness be ye infants - Have all the innocence of that tender age. But in understanding be ye grown men - Knowing religion was not designed to destroy any of our natural faculties, but to exalt and improve them, our reason in particular.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:20


1Co 14:20 Be not children in understanding. Use manly good sense and judgment in the church. To babble in an unknown tongue is like a child. Howbeit in malice be ye children. To vainly choose a course that would merely excite wonder, and not edify, would seem to partake of malice rather than love.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14

  • A disciple
    "Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks shall be a barbarian unto me." The Lord gave four examples of the kinds of hearts men have with respect to hearing and receiving His Word. The examples all came out of the individuals' own making of what kind they would be; for God's will is clearly for ALL of them to have been saved.
  • A disciple
    Wayne; God commanded the woman to be under obedience and subjection to her husband in Genesis 3:15 directly after pronouncing to the serpent his eternal condemnation and the breaking of his head by the coming of Christ. The Western Churches are in disobedience to this Word because of rebellious worldly influences and thinking they're above such things, thus opening the door to more and more evil.
  • Wayne
    While the woman preacher was in full control and full authority, all things were done in an orderly manner. Also decent manner. That's quite a broad statement about most western churches. Unless you've visited most western churches.
  • Steve morrow
    5:43 I AM COME IN MY FATHERS NAME AND --- YOU RECEIVE ME NOT --- IF ANOTHER SHALL COME IN HIS OWN NAME HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE JOHN 14:15 ---IF YOU LOVE ME---KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS 1 CORINTHIANS 16:22 IF ANY MAN LOVE NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LET HIM BE ANATHEMA MARANATHA ACTS 20:30 ALSO OF YOUR OWN SELVES SHALL MEN ARISE SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS TO DRAW AWAY DISCIPLES AFTER THEM
  • A disciple
    The Law for the women to keep silence and be obedient was commanded by the LORD God in Eden because of the woman's being beguiled by the devil. All things decently and in order, is the right way for Christians to conduct themselves; both at home and their usual surroundings, and in Assembly. Most all of the Western Churches however have abandoned modesty and orderly conduct for worldly influences.
  • Wayne
    Had a woman preacher in a church on west coast who lead the congregation for 20 years. Highly respected and loved by all.

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