Hebrews 5:14

“But strong meat 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 5:14


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.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 5:14


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.

Discussion for Hebrews 5

  • Servant of God
    Not that there hasn't been Spirit beings walking the earth. Enoch, Elijah, Isaiah, Moses, Melchisidek, Jesus. All served God with whole heart, and mind, and being. It is possible for anyone or why did God write his law and testimonies thru his Prophets. In fact we are constructed in His image, in that we are Spirit filled beings, if one were to reflect upon this truth. It is God's will this.
  • BettyG
    To Lou: I like your comment; sounds like you PRAY before you speak ...................
  • Lou
    I'm not out to ruffle feathers, carefully go over Gen.14, Psa.110, Heb. chapt.5-7. Jesus, and Melchizedek are....one in the same. There's only one eternal High Priest of God, and King of Peace (Salem). He has boundless authority over time, and space, He created them. Melchizedek, who brought out bread and wine, had no beginning, or end of days, was not here to save us all quite yet, (just Abram).
  • A disciple
    To everyone; We cannot ignore or dismiss all the multitudes of Scriptures which say plainly that the Anointed, the Christ, IS THE SON OF GOD COME IN THE FLESH; because of one or two MIS-interpreted sayings that are wrenched out of context to force a meaning never intended...i.e.; that Jesus is somehow less than He says He is. He that is of the Truth WILL hear His Voice; and will not hear strangers
  • Servant of God
    Who was Paul referring to in verse 5-7? Jesus or Melchisidek? Who with strong crying and supplication was heard of God? Paul is not clear but the point is that they both were high priests, appointed as was Aaron to perform ritual sacrifice. Jesus was the High Priest of our profession for his obedience toward God,in that he suffered crucifiction in order to demonstrate eternal life in God. Amen
  • A disciple
    servant; when Jesus said that to the young rich man, He was exposing and rebuking the empty flattering titles used to "butter-up" and ask for an audience. He was not saying that He isn't God; but for the kid to sober up and be true in his character. Look at the rest of the scenario: the issue was NOT "if Jesus is the Son of God;" but the shallowness of the love of this world, and its ruin of men.

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