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

  • A disciple
    Cheryl; The reference to Melchizedek was for the type, of being [apparently] without natural descent; i.e. eternal. The Lord Jesus is the One who agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane, taking upon Himself the unimaginable horror of the world's guilt, as our Substitute; until His sweat was as it were "great drops of blood falling to the ground."
  • Carolyn Rowe
    Wendell, It was Melchisedec who offered weeping and tears. The chapter is comparing Jesus with Melchisedec in the role of high Priest. God always hears the prayers of the faithful, but He does what is necessary in any situation. There is a difference between being in the flesh and Jesus being made flesh to pay for man's sins. The Bible helps us to understand His masterplan.
  • BSP
    Verses 12 and 13: We could be taking in spiritual food but still not be healthy in the faith. We need to go beyond the elementary things and take in solid spiritual food.
  • 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

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