Hebrews 5:14
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New International Version
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

New Living Translation
Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

English Standard Version
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Berean Study Bible
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their sensibilities to distinguish good from evil.

Berean Literal Bible
But solid food is for the mature, the ones by constant use having trained the senses for distinguishing both good and evil.

New American Standard Bible
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

King James Bible
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But solid food is for the mature--for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.

International Standard Version
But solid food is for mature people, whose minds are trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.

NET Bible
But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But solid food is for the mature, those whose senses are instructed to distinguish good and evil, because they practice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, solid food is for mature people, whose minds are trained by practice to know the difference between good and evil.

New American Standard 1977
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But strong food belongs to those that are perfect, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

King James 2000 Bible
But solid food belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

American King James Version
But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

American Standard Version
But solid food is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But strong meat is for the perfect; for them who by custom have their senses exercised to the discerning of good and evil.

Darby Bible Translation
but solid food belongs to full-grown men, who, on account of habit, have their senses exercised for distinguishing both good and evil.

English Revised Version
But solid food is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
But strong food belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Weymouth New Testament
Such persons are mere babes. But solid food is for adults--that is, for those who through constant practice have their spiritual faculties carefully trained to distinguish good from evil.

World English Bible
But solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

Young's Literal Translation
and of perfect men is the strong food, who because of the use are having the senses exercised, unto the discernment both of good and of evil.
Study Bible
Warning against Drifting Away
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

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Solid, firm, steadfast. From histemi; stiff, i.e. Solid, stable.

Food, nourishment, maintenance. From trepho; nourishment; by implication, rations.

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

[for the] mature,
teleiōn (Adj-GMP)
From telos; complete; neuter completeness.

the [ones]
tōn (Art-GMP)
The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

constant use
hexin (N-AFS)
Condition, state, habit, use, especially: good condition of body or soul. From echo; habit, i.e. practice.

To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

To train by physical exercise; hence: train, in the widest sense. From gumnos; to practise naked, i.e. Train.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Perceptive faculty. From a derivative of aisthanomai; properly, an organ of perception, i.e. judgment.

To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

distinguishing
diakrisin (N-AFS)
Distinguishing; hence: deciding, passing sentence on; the act of judgment, discernment. From diakrino; judicial estimation.

And, both. A primary particle of connection or addition; both or also.

Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.

And, even, also, namely.

Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. depraved, or injurious.

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 Kings 3:9
"So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"

Romans 14:1
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on his opinions.

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.

Ephesians 4:13
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.

1 Timothy 4:7
But reject irreverent and silly myths. Instead, train yourself for godliness.

Hebrews 6:1
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith in God,
Treasury of Scripture

But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

of full age. or, perfect.

Matthew 5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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

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

Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in …

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

use. or, an habit, or, perfection. their

Job 6:30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

Job 12:11 Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Job 34:3 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Songs 1:3 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment …

Songs 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among …

Matthew 6:22,23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, …

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know …

to discern.

Genesis 3:5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes …

2 Samuel 14:17 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be …

1 Kings 3:9,11 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, …

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive you, but not to doubtful disputations.

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

Philippians 1:9,10 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

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