1 Corinthians 3:1
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New International Version
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly--mere infants in Christ.

New Living Translation
Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn't talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life.

English Standard Version
But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

Berean Study Bible
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly--as infants in Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
And I, brothers, was not able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as fleshly--as to infants in Christ.

New American Standard Bible
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.

King James Bible
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ.

International Standard Version
Brothers, I couldn't talk to you as spiritual people but as worldly people, as mere infants in the Messiah.

NET Bible
So, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but instead as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I, my brethren, have not been able to speak with you as with spiritual ones but as with the carnal and as to babies in The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, I couldn't talk to you as spiritual people but as people still influenced by your corrupt nature. You were infants in your faith in Christ.

New American Standard 1977
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I, brothers, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

American King James Version
And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ.

American Standard Version
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND I, brethren, could not speak to you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal. As unto little ones in Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
And I, brethren, have not been able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly; as to babes in Christ.

English Revised Version
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
And as for myself, brethren, I found it impossible to speak to you as spiritual men. It had to be as to worldlings--mere babes in Christ.

World English Bible
Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
And I, brethren, was not able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly -- as to babes in Christ;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-4 The most simple truths of the gospel, as to man's sinfulness and God's mercy, repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, stated in the plainest language, suit the people better than deeper mysteries. Men may have much doctrinal knowledge, yet be mere beginners in the life of faith and experience. Contentions and quarrels about religion are sad evidences of carnality. True religion makes men peaceable, not contentious. But it is to be lamented, that many who should walk as Christians, live and act too much like other men. Many professors, and preachers also, show themselves to be yet carnal, by vain-glorious strife, eagerness for dispute, and readiness to despise and speak evil of others.
Study Bible
God's Fellow Workers
1Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly — as infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for solid food. In fact, you are still not ready,…
Cross References
Romans 7:14
We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

1 Corinthians 2:6
Among the mature, however, we speak a message of wisdom--but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

1 Corinthians 2:14
The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:15
The spiritual man judges all things, but he himself is not subject to anyone's judgment.

1 Corinthians 14:37
If anyone considers himself a prophet or spiritual person, let him acknowledge that what I am writing you is the Lord's command.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming.

Hebrews 5:13
Everyone who lives on milk is still an infant, inexperienced in the message of righteousness.
Treasury of Scripture

And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ.

as unto spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2:6,15 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

as unto carnal.

1 Corinthians 3:3,4 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are …

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

babes.

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be …

Ephesians 4:13,14 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge …

1 John 2:12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you …

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