Hebrews 5:11
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English Standard Version
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

King James Bible
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

American Standard Version
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard of interpretation, seeing ye are become dull of hearing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of whom we have much to say, and hard to be intelligibly uttered: because you are become weak to hear.

English Revised Version
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard of interpretation, seeing ye are become dull of hearing.

Webster's Bible Translation
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

Weymouth New Testament
Concerning Him we have much to say, and much that it would be difficult to make clear to you, since you have become so dull of apprehension.

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Vincent's Word Studies

From this point the comparison of Christ with Melchisedec would naturally be developed; but the author digresses into a complaint of the imperfect spiritual attainment of his readers, and a remonstrance and admonition extending to the end of ch. 6.

Of whom (περὶ οὗ)

Rend. concerning which. Not Melchisedec, but the topic that Christ is a priest after the order of Melchisedec, a topic to which great importance is attached. Can it be imagined that the discussion of such a topic would appeal to a Gentile audience as a reason for not relapsing into paganism?

We have many things to say (πολὺς ἡμῖν ὁ λόγος)

Lit. the discourse is abundant unto us. We refers to the writer himself.

Hard to be uttered (δυσερμήνευτος λέγειν)

Lit. hard of interpretation to speak. The A.V. entirely misses the idea of interpretation. Rev. better, hard of interpretation. Δυσερμήνευτος N.T.o. olxx. oClass.

Ye are dull of hearing (νωθροὶ γεγόνατε ταῖς ἀκοαῖς)

Rend. ye have grown dull in your hearing. For ἀκοὴ hearing see on 2 Timothy 4:3. The verb implies a deterioration on the hearers' part. Νωθροὶ only here and Hebrews 6:12. From νη not and ὠθεῖν to push. Hence slow, sluggish. Mostly in later Greek, although Plato uses it much in the same sense as here. "When they have to face study they are stupid (νωθροί) and cannot remember." Theaet. 144 B. In lxx, Proverbs 22:29; Sir. 4:29; 11:12. Sometimes equals low, mean, obscure. So in Proverbs, but in Sirach slack, slow.

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we.

1 Kings 10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.

John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

John 16:12 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood...

dull.

Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes...

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed...

Mark 8:17,18,21 And when Jesus knew it, he said to them, Why reason you, because you have no bread? perceive you not yet, neither understand...

Luke 24:25 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed...

Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'

Hebrews 5:10
being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:12
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,

2 Peter 3:16
as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

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