Hebrews 5:12

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For when for the time yee ought to bee teachers, yee haue neede that one teach you againe which be the first principles of the Oracles of God, and are become such as haue need of milke, and not of strong meat.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And though by this time it would be right for you to be teachers, you still have need of someone to give you teaching about the first simple rules of God's revelation; you have become like babies who have need of milk, and not of solid food.
- Basic English Bible

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have again need that [one] should teach you what [are] the elements of the beginning of the oracles of God, and are become such as have need of milk, [and] not of solid food.
- Darby Bible

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need of one to teach you again which are the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong food.
- Webster's Bible

For although, considering the long time you have been believers, you ought now to be teachers of others, you really need some one to teach you over again the very rudiments of the truths of God, and you have come to require milk instead of solid food.
- Weymouth Bible

For although by this time you should be teachers, you again need to have someone teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God. You have come to need milk, and not solid food.
- World English Bible

For whanne ye ouyten to be maistris for tyme, eftsoone ye neden that ye be tauyt, whiche ben the lettris of the bigynnyng of Goddis wordis. And ye ben maad thilke, to whiche is nede of mylk, and not sad mete.
- Wycliffe Bible

for even owing to be teachers, because of the time, again ye have need that one teach you what [are] the elements of the beginning of the oracles of God, and ye have become having need of milk, and not of strong food,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 5:12


5:12 Ye have need that one teach you again which are the first principles of religion. Accordingly these are enumerated in the first verse of the ensuing chapter. And have need of milk - The first and plainest doctrines.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 5:12


Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers. You have been disciples long enough to be able to teach others, but still ye have need that one teach you again first principles. See notes on 6:1,2. Of the oracles of God. God's word.

Discussion for Hebrews 5

  • Wendell Bonin
    Is the translation correct because i think it was melchisedec that offered the strong weeping and tears because the father always heard jesus and then a little further it mentions that this is the doctrine. Jesus was never in the"flesh"
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 5:9 AND BEING MADE PERFECT HE BECAME THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION UNTO ALL THEM THAT --- OBEY HIM ---
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 5:14 BUT STRONG MEAT BELONGETH TO THEM THAT ARE FULL OF AGE EVEN THOSE WHO BY --- REASON OF USE --- HAVE THEIR SENSES EXERCISED TO DISCERN BOTH GOOD AND EVIL JOHN 4:34 JESUS SAITH UNTO THEM MY MEAT IS TO DO THE WILL OF HIM THAT SENT ME AND TO FINISH HIS WORK
  • Steve morrow
    TEACH US JESUS TEACH US---Hebrews 5:11 OF WHOM WE HAVE MANY THINGS TO SAY AND HARD TO BE UTTERED SEEING YOU ARE DULL OF HEARING 1 JOHN 2:1MY LITTLE CHILDREN THESE THINGS I WRITE UNTO YOU THAT YOU SIN NOT AND IF ANY MAN SIN WE HAVE --- AN ADVOCATE --- WITH THE FATHER --- JESUS CHRIST THE RIGTEOUS 2 TIMOTHY 2:5 FOR THERE IS ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN THE MAN JESUS CHRIST
  • Felicia
    To Ibrahim
    Jesus Christ in His humanity like you and me was terrified of the death of deaths; all the sins of mankind poured upon Him; separated from His Father. The Cross was hard for Him to face so He prayed and cried to God and God heard Him because of His godly fear. Nevertheless He went to the Cross, He died and He rose again on the third day according to Scriptures. He endured the Cross.
  • Alise
    V.12 After receiving the Holy Ghost and being baptized in Jesus' name we become examples (teachers) of how to live before sinners but we can't pass the tests' God allows to come our way because we take things personal, we don't have the experience to be able to teach our brother how to live. We have to practice what we preach. We can't stay babes forever. We have to overcome our flesh!

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