Parallel Verses

Amplified

Brethren, do not be children [immature] in your thinking; continue to be babes in [matters of] evil, but in your minds be mature [men].

New American Standard Bible

Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

King James Version

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

Holman Bible

Brothers, don’t be childish in your thinking, but be infants in regard to evil and adult in your thinking.

International Standard Version

Brothers, stop being childish in your thinking. Be like infants with respect to evil, but think like adults.

A Conservative Version

Brothers, become not children in your thoughts. Instead be childlike in wickedness, but in your thoughts become mature.

American Standard Version

Brethren, be not children in mind: yet in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men.

An Understandable Version

Brothers, do not be children in the way you think, but be babies in wrongdoing; yet be mature in your thinking.

Anderson New Testament

Brethren, be not children in understanding: yet, in malice, be childlike; but, in understanding, be full-grown men.

Bible in Basic English

My brothers, do not be children in mind: in evil be as little children, but in mind be of full growth.

Common New Testament

Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be infants in evil, but in thinking be mature.

Daniel Mace New Testament

Brethren, be not childish in understanding: be as innocent as babes, but use your understanding like men.

Darby Translation

Brethren, be not children in your minds, but in malice be babes; but in your minds be grown men.

Godbey New Testament

Brethren, be not children in intellect: but be infants in evil, but be perfect in intellect.

Goodspeed New Testament

Brothers, you must not be children mentally. In evil be babies, but mentally be mature.

John Wesley New Testament

Brethren, be not children in understanding: in wickedness be ye as infants, but in understanding be ye grown men.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Brothers, be not children in understanding, howbeit in malice be ye children; but in understanding be perfect.

Julia Smith Translation

Brethren, be not children in reflection: but in wickedness act like children, and in reflection be ye perfected.

King James 2000

Brethren, be not children in understanding: but in malice be children, but in understanding be men.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Brothers, do not become children in [your] understanding, but with respect to wickedness be as a child, and in [your] understanding be mature.

Modern King James verseion

Brothers, do not be children in your minds, but in malice be like infants, and in your minds be mature.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Brethren, be not children in wit. Howbeit, as concerning maliciousness be children: but in wit be perfect.

Moffatt New Testament

Brothers, do not be children in the sphere of intelligence; in evil be mere infants, but be mature in your intelligence.

Montgomery New Testament

Brothers, do not become children in understanding; be babes in malice, but in understanding become mature men.

NET Bible

Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

New Heart English Bible

Brothers, do not be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature.

Noyes New Testament

Brethren, do not become children in understanding; yet in malice be children, but in understanding be men.

Sawyer New Testament

Brothers, be not children in understanding, but in malice be children, and in understanding be perfect men.

The Emphasized Bible

Brethren! do not become children, in your understandings; but, in baseness, become babes, while, in your understandings, ye become, full-grown.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Brethren, be not children in your minds: though in naughtiness be ye children, but in your minds be men complete.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Brothers, do not show yourselves children in understanding. In wickedness be infants, but in understanding show yourselves men.

Webster

Brethren, be not children in understanding: yet in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

Weymouth New Testament

Brethren, do not prove yourselves to be children in your minds. As regards evil, indeed, be utter babes, but as regards your minds prove yourselves to be men of ripe years.

Williams New Testament

Brothers, stop being children in intelligence, but as to evil keep on being babies; and yet as to intelligence be men of maturity.

World English Bible

Brothers, don't be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature.

Worrell New Testament

Brethren, do not be children in mind; yet in evil be babes, but in mind be full-grown.

Worsley New Testament

My brethren, be not children in sense: but in malice be infants, and in your judgements shew yourselves to be men.

Youngs Literal Translation

Brethren, become not children in the understanding, but in the evil be ye babes, and in the understanding become ye perfect;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
G80
ἀδελφός 
Adelphos 
Usage: 302

be
γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
Usage: 531
Usage: 531

not
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

παιδίον 
Paidion 
Usage: 35

φρήν 
Phren 
φρήν 
Phren 
Usage: 2
Usage: 2

ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

in malice
κακία 
Kakia 
Usage: 10

be ye children
νηπιάζω 
Nepiazo 
be a child
Usage: 1

but
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

Context Readings

Appropriate Use Of Prophecy And Tongues

19 Nevertheless, in public worship, I would rather say five words with my understanding and intelligently in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a [strange] tongue (language). 20 Brethren, do not be children [immature] in your thinking; continue to be babes in [matters of] evil, but in your minds be mature [men]. 21 It is written in the Law, By men of strange languages and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and not even then will they listen to Me, says the Lord.


Cross References

Romans 16:19

For while your loyalty and obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you well versed and wise as to what is good and innocent and guileless as to what is evil.

Psalm 119:99

I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation.

Matthew 18:3

And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].

Hebrews 5:12-13

For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God's Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food.

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation,

1 Corinthians 2:6

Yet when we are among the full-grown (spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in understanding), we do impart a [higher] wisdom (the knowledge of the divine plan previously hidden); but it is indeed not a wisdom of this present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age, who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away.

Psalm 131:1-2

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me.

Isaiah 11:3

And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears;

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus began to say, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [and I acknowledge openly and joyfully to Your honor], that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever and learned, and revealed them to babies [to the childish, untaught, and unskilled].

Matthew 19:4

He replied, Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female,

Mark 10:15

Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] positively shall not enter it at all.

1 Corinthians 3:1-2

However, brethren, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [ unable to talk yet!]

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

Ephesians 4:14-15

So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

Philippians 1:9

And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment],

Philippians 3:15

So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.

Hebrews 6:1-3

Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God,

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him [be] glory (honor, majesty, and splendor) both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (so be it)!

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