Hebrews 5:14
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Solid food is for mature people who have been trained to know right from wrong.

Good News Translation
Solid food, on the other hand, is for adults, who through practice are able to distinguish between 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.

New Heart 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.

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.
Cross References
1 Kings 3:9
Therefore give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to govern 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.

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

1 Corinthians 2:6
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Ephesians 4:13
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

use.

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

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

Job 34:3
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

to discern.

Genesis 3:5
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

2 Samuel 14:17
Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.

1 Kings 3:9,11
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? …







Lexicon
But
δέ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

solid
στερεὰ (sterea)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4731: Solid, firm, steadfast. From histemi; stiff, i.e. Solid, stable.

food
τροφή (trophē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5160: Food, nourishment, maintenance. From trepho; nourishment; by implication, rations.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[for the] mature,
τελείων (teleiōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5046: From telos; complete; neuter completeness.

who
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

by
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

constant use
ἕξιν (hexin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1838: Condition, state, habit, use, especially: good condition of body or soul. From echo; habit, i.e. practice.

have
ἐχόντων (echontōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

trained
γεγυμνασμένα (gegymnasmena)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1128: To train by physical exercise; hence: train, in the widest sense. From gumnos; to practise naked, i.e. Train.

[their]
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

sensibilities
αἰσθητήρια (aisthētēria)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 145: Perceptive faculty. From a derivative of aisthanomai; properly, an organ of perception, i.e. judgment.

to
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

distinguish
διάκρισιν (diakrisin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1253: Distinguishing; hence: deciding, passing sentence on; the act of judgment, discernment. From diakrino; judicial estimation.

good
καλοῦ (kalou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2570: Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.

[from]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

evil.
κακοῦ (kakou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2556: Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. depraved, or injurious.
(14) Strong meat.--"Solid food belongs to full-grown men." If they occupied themselves with the rudiments alone, their spiritual senses could not be trained by use (or, habit) in distinguishing between good and evil, truth and falsehood, in the various systems of teaching which men offered as the doctrine of Christ.

Verse 14. - But solid food is for them that are of full age (τελείων, equivalent to "perfect;" but in the sense of maturity of age or growth, in contrast with νήπιοι; as in 1 Corinthians 14:20; cf. 1 Corinthians 2:6; Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 3:15), those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil. Here the comparison is carried out with peculiar aptness. Τὰ αἰσθητήρια in the illustration are the organs of sense. In the infant the digestive organs, in the first place, exercised in the beginning on milk, acquire through that exercise the power of assimilating more solid and more complex food, while at the same time its sensitive organs generally, also through exercise, become consciously discriminative of "good and evil" (cf. Isaiah 7:15, 16, where "to know to refuse the evil and choose the good" denotes, as if proverbially, the age after early childhood). So, in the spiritual sphere, the mental faculties, exercised at first on simple truths, should acquire by practice the power of apprehending and distinguishing' between higher and more recondite ones. It was because the Hebrew Christians had failed thus to bring out their faculties that they were open to the charge of being still in a state of infancy.



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.
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