Hebrews 5:13
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New International Version
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.

New Living Translation
For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn't know how to do what is right.

English Standard Version
for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.

Berean Study Bible
Everyone who lives on milk is still an infant, inexperienced in the message of righteousness.

Berean Literal Bible
For everyone partaking of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.

New American Standard Bible
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.

King James Bible
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant.

International Standard Version
For everyone who lives on milk is still a baby and does not yet know the difference between right and wrong.

NET Bible
For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But every person whose food is milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, because he is an infant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All those who live on milk lack the experience to talk about what is right. They are still babies.

New American Standard 1977
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For any one that uses milk is not qualified in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

King James 2000 Bible
For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

American King James Version
For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

American Standard Version
For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For every one that is a partaker of milk, is unskillful in the word of justice: for he is a little child.

Darby Bible Translation
For every one that partakes of milk [is] unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe;

English Revised Version
For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe.

Webster's Bible Translation
For every one that useth milk, is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

Weymouth New Testament
By people who live on milk I mean those who are imperfectly acquainted with the teaching concerning righteousness.

World English Bible
For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby.

Young's Literal Translation
for every one who is partaking of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness -- for he is an infant,
Study Bible
Warning against Drifting Away
12Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food! 13Everyone who lives on milk is still an infant, inexperienced in the message of righteousness. 14But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their sensibilities to distinguish good from evil.…
Word Study

For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

From meta and echo; to share or participate; by implication, belong to, eat.

Milk. Of uncertain affinity; milk.

[is] unskilled
apeiros (Adj-NMS)
Inexperienced, unskillful, ignorant. Inexperienced, i.e. Ignorant.

in [the] word
logou (N-GMS)
From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

of righteousness,
dikaiosynēs (N-GFS)
From dikaios; equity; specially justification.

For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

From an obsolete particle ne- and epos; not speaking, i.e. An infant; figuratively, a simple-minded person, an immature Christian.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:1
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly--as infants in Christ.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

2 John 1:11
Whoever greets such a person shares in his evil deeds.
Treasury of Scripture

For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

is unskilful. Gr. hath no experience. the word.

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Romans 10:5,6 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, That the …

2 Corinthians 3:9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more does …

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Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand …

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

Romans 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which have the …

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

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

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

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

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