New American Standard Bible
I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,
King James Bible
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
Darby Bible Translation
I have given you milk to drink, not meat, for ye have not yet been able, nor indeed are ye yet able;
World English Bible
I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready. Indeed, not even now are you ready,
Young's Literal Translation
with milk I fed you, and not with meat, for ye were not yet able, but not even yet are ye now able,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I have fed you with milk - Paul here continues the metaphor, which is derived from the custom of feeding infants with the lightest food. Milk here evidently denotes the more simple and elementary doctrines of Christianity - the doctrines of the new birth, of repentance, faith, etc. The same figure occurs in Hebrews 5:11-14; and also in Classical writers. See Wetstein.
And not with meat - "Meat" here denotes the more sublime and mysterious doctrines of religion.
For hitherto - Formerly, when I came among you, and laid the foundations of the church.
Not able to bear it - You were not sufficiently advanced in Christian knowledge to comprehend the higher mysteries of the gospel.
Neither yet now ... - The reason why they were not then able he proceeds immediately to state.
LibraryTemples of God
'Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?'--1 COR. iii. 16 The great purpose of Christianity is to make men like Jesus Christ. As He is the image of the invisible God we are to be the images of the unseen Christ. The Scripture is very bold and emphatic in attributing to Christ's followers likeness to Him, in nature, in character, in relation to the world, in office, and in ultimate destiny. Is He the anointed of God? We are anointed--Christs in Him. Is He the Son of God? We in Him receive the …
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"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
For 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.
1 Peter 2:2
like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
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