1 Corinthians 14:20
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New International Version
Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

New Living Translation
Dear brothers and sisters, don't be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind.

English Standard Version
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Berean Study Bible
Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

Berean Literal Bible
Brothers, do not be children in the minds. Yet in the evil, be little children; but in the thinking, be full grown.

New American Standard Bible
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

King James Bible
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Brothers, don't be childish in your thinking, but be infants in regard to evil and adult in your thinking.

International Standard Version
Brothers, stop being childish in your thinking. Be like infants with respect to evil, but think like adults.

NET Bible
Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My brethren, do not be children in your intellects, but be infants in evil and be fully mature in your intellects.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, don't think like children. When it comes to evil, be like babies, but think like mature people.

New American Standard 1977
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Brothers, be not children in understanding, howbeit in malice be ye children; but in understanding be perfect.

King James 2000 Bible
Brethren, be not children in understanding: but in malice be children, but in understanding be men.

American King James Version
Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Brethren, do not become children in sense: but in malice be children, and in sense be perfect.

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

English Revised Version
Brethren, be not children in mind: howbeit in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men.

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

Weymouth New Testament
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.

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

Young's Literal Translation
Brethren, become not children in the understanding, but in the evil be ye babes, and in the understanding become ye perfect;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
14:15-25 There can be no assent to prayers that are not understood. A truly Christian minister will seek much more to do spiritual good to men's souls, than to get the greatest applause to himself. This is proving himself the servant of Christ. Children are apt to be struck with novelty; but do not act like them. Christians should be like children, void of guile and malice; yet they should not be unskilful as to the word of righteousness, but only as to the arts of mischief. It is a proof that a people are forsaken of God, when he gives them up to the rule of those who teach them to worship in another language. They can never be benefitted by such teaching. Yet thus the preachers did who delivered their instructions in an unknown tongue. Would it not make Christianity ridiculous to a heathen, to hear the ministers pray or preach in a language which neither he nor the assembly understood? But if those who minister, plainly interpret Scripture, or preach the great truths and rules of the gospel, a heathen or unlearned person might become a convert to Christianity. His conscience might be touched, the secrets of his heart might be revealed to him, and so he might be brought to confess his guilt, and to own that God was present in the assembly. Scripture truth, plainly and duly taught, has a wonderful power to awaken the conscience and touch the heart.
Study Bible
Prophecy and Tongues
19But in the church, I would rather speak five coherent words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature. 21It is written in the Law: “By strange tongues and foreign lips I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to Me, says the Lord.”…
Cross References
Psalm 131:2
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.

Jeremiah 4:22
"For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know."

Matthew 18:3
"Truly I tell you," He said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Mark 10:15
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

Luke 18:17
Truly I tell you, if anyone does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, he will never enter it."

Romans 1:13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, how often I planned to come to you (but have been prevented from visiting until now), in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

Romans 16:19
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.

1 Corinthians 14:19
But in the church, I would rather speak five coherent words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Ephesians 4:13
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

not.

1 Corinthians 3:1,2 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to …

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, …

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies …

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: …

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

Ephesians 4:14,15 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried …

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

Hebrews 5:12,13 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…

Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

malice.

Psalm 131:1,2 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Matthew 18:3 And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become …

Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said to them, Have you not read, that he which …

Mark 10:15 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God …

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

but.

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies …

men. Gr. perfect, or, of a ripe age.

1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in …

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