1 Corinthians 14:20
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English Standard Version
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, 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.

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.

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.

1 Corinthians 14:20 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Understanding (σρεσίν)

Only here in the New Testament. Originally, in a physical sense, the diaphragm. Denoting the reasoning power on the reflective side, and perhaps intentionally used instead of νοῦς (1 Corinthians 14:15), which emphasizes the distinction from ecstasy.

Children - be ye children (παιδία - νηπιάζετε)

The A.V. misses the distinction between children and babes, the stronger term for being unversed in malice. In understanding they are to be above mere children. In malice they are to be very babes. See on child, 1 Corinthians 13:11.

Malice (κακίᾳ)

See on James 1:21.

Men (τέλειοι)

Lit., perfect. See on 1 Corinthians 2:6.

1 Corinthians 14:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

not.

1 Corinthians 3:1,2 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ...

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man...

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes...

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good...

Ephesians 4:14,15 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men...

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

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 go on to perfection...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

malice.

Psalm 131:1,2 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me...

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth...

Matthew 18:3 And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said to them, Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Mark 10:15 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

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

but.

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.

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

1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world...

Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded...

Cross References
Psalm 131:2
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Jeremiah 4:22
"For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are 'wise'--in doing evil! But how to do good they know not."

Matthew 18:3
and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like 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 to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."

Mark 10:15
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

Luke 18:17
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

Romans 1:13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.

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