Parallel Verses

King James 2000

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

Amplified

Brothers and sisters, do not be children [immature, childlike] in your thinking; be infants in [matters of] evil [completely innocent and inexperienced], but in your minds be mature [adults].

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.

Julia Smith Translation

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

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 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: but in malice be children, but in understanding be men. 21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, says the Lord.


Cross References

Romans 16:19

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.

Psalm 119:99

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.

Matthew 18:3

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.

Hebrews 5:12-13

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.

1 Peter 2:2

As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:

1 Corinthians 2:6

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:

Psalm 131:1-2

[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.

Isaiah 11:3

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:

Matthew 11:25

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.

Matthew 19:4

And he answered and said unto them, Have you not read, that he who made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Mark 10:15

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

1 Corinthians 3:1-2

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:11

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.

Ephesians 4:14-15

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;

Philippians 1:9

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Philippians 3:15

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.

Hebrews 6:1-3

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,

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

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