Brethren, be not children in understanding: but in malice be children, but in understanding be men.
For your obedience is well known unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and innocent concerning evil.
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food.
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:
But we speak wisdom among them that are mature: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nothing:
[A song of ascents. Of David.] LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes.
And he answered and said unto them, Have you not read, that he who made them at the beginning made them male and female,
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive;
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Let us therefore, as many as would be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto maturity; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,