Hebrews 5:11
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New International Version
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.

New Living Translation
There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don't seem to listen.

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

New American Standard Bible
Concerning him 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have a great deal to say about this, and it's difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand.

International Standard Version
We have much to say about this, but it is difficult to explain because you have become too lazy to understand.

NET Bible
On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But about this Melchizedek we have much to say, but it is hard to explain it because you have bad hearing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We have a lot to explain about this. But since you have become too lazy to pay attention, explaining it to you is hard.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of whom we have many things to say and difficult to declare, seeing ye are hard of hearing.

King James 2000 Bible
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to explain, seeing you are dull of hearing.

American King James Version
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you 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.

Darby Bible Translation
Concerning whom we have much to say, and hard to be interpreted in speaking [of it], since ye are become dull in hearing.

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.

World English Bible
About him we have many words to say, and hard to interpret, seeing you have become dull of hearing.

Young's Literal Translation
concerning whom we have much discourse and of hard explanation to say, since ye have become dull of hearing,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:11-14 Dull hearers make the preaching of the gospel difficult, and even those who have some faith may be dull hearers, and slow to believe. Much is looked for from those to whom much is given. To be unskilful, denotes want of experience in the things of the gospel. Christian experience is a spiritual sense, taste, or relish of the goodness, sweetness, and excellence of the truths of the gospel. And no tongue can express the satisfaction which the soul receives, from a sense of Divine goodness, grace, and love to it in Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11 - Hebrews 7:1. - This is the long admonitory digression (see under ver. 1) felt by the writer to be necessary before his exposition of κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχιζεδέκ. He is entering on a new theme, higher and less level to the comprehension of his readers than any that has gone before. Even so far, we have seen how their Jewish prejudices had evoked admonitions, frequently interposed in the course of the argument. Much more so now, when it is to be shown how the priesthood of Christ not only fulfils the idea of, but also supersedes, that of the sons of Aaron, being of a different order from theirs. The region of thought to be entered now, being that of "the mystery of Christ," transcends more than any that has been so far entered the ordinary conceptions of traditional Judaism. Hence the writer's shrinking from entering all at once on the subject for fear of not being even understood; hence his earnest warnings to his readers as to the necessity of advancing to the state of full-grown Christians who can discern spiritual things. Verse 11 - Hebrews 6:20. - INTERPOSED EXHORTATION. Verse 11. - Of whom (the most obvious antecedent being Melchizedek, but with regard to his typical significance, as referred to in Psalm 110.) we have many things to say (the subject itself admits a lengthy exposition) and hard of interpretation, seeing ye are become (not, as in A.V., "ye are") dull of hearing, Their dullness is the reason of the λόγος being δυσερμήνευτος. It was not that the subject was in itself inexplicable, or that the writer was incompetent to explain it; his difficulty was in adapting the interpretation to the capacity of his readers: "Non scribentis, sed vestro vitio" (Bengel). It seems from γεγόνατε ("ye are become"), in this and the following verse, that the Hebrew Christians had even retrograded in spiritual perception. This is easily conceivable. As, through the teaching of St. Paul especially, the tie between Christianity and Judaism became more and more broken, there was likely to be a certain reaction among the Hebrew Christians, who, having gone to a certain extent with the tide of thought, became conscious how far it was carrying them. They would be inclined to cling the more fondly to their old associations from the fear of losing them altogether. Such retrogressions have been observable in other times of upheaval of old ideas.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Of whom we have many things to say,.... Either of Melchizedek, or of Christ, or of his priesthood or of all of these; since the apostle does largely treat of them in the following chapters: he says many things concerning Melchizedek in the seventh chapter, and many things of Christ, and his priesthood, in those that follow; Christ is a large and inexhaustible subject in the Gospel ministry, and what a Gospel minister delights to dwell on; and it is a fund and stock from whence he is furnished with things of the greatest usefulness, and of the utmost importance:

and hard to be uttered; as were many things respecting Melchizedek, mentioned in Hebrews 7:3 and also concerning Christ, and his priesthood: abstruse and difficult things are to be looked into, considered, searched after, and insisted on: the whole Scripture is profitable, and the whole counsel of God is to be declared, and things hard to be explained should be attempted; this is the way to an increase of light and knowledge; though it becomes ministers to consult their own abilities, and the capacity of their hearers, that they do not go beyond them:

seeing ye are dull of hearing; this dulness of hearing is thought by some to arise from their afflictions; or from their attachment to the law of Moses; or rather from their sluggishness, indocility, and want of industry; and often times this arises from pride and prejudice, and irreverence of the word of God; and frequently from the deceitfulness of riches, and the cares of this life.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Here he digresses to complain of the low spiritual attainments of the Palestinian Christians and to warn them of the danger of falling from light once enjoyed; at the same time encouraging them by God's faithfulness to persevere. At Heb 6:20 he resumes the comparison of Christ to Melchisedec.

hard to be uttered—rather as Greek, "hard of interpretation to speak." Hard for me to state intelligibly to you owing to your dulness about spiritual things. Hence, instead of saying many things, he writes in comparatively few words (Heb 13:22). In the "we," Paul, as usual, includes Timothy with himself in addressing them.

ye are—Greek, "ye have become dull" (the Greek, by derivation, means hard to move): this implies that once, when first "enlightened," they were earnest and zealous, but had become dull. That the Hebrew believers AT Jerusalem were dull in spiritual things, and legal in spirit, appears from Ac 21:20-24, where James and the elders expressly say of the "thousands of Jews which believe," that "they are all zealous of the law"; this was at Paul's last visit to Jerusalem, after which this Epistle seems to have been written (see on [2551]Heb 5:12, on "for the time").

Hebrews 5:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warning against Drifting Away
11Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'

Hebrews 5:10
and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:12
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

2 Peter 3:16
He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
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Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.

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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.

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Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of …

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Luke 24:25 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that …

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