New American Standard Bible
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
King James Bible
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Darby Bible Translation
For every one that partakes of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe;
World English Bible
For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby.
Young's Literal Translation
for every one who is partaking of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness -- for he is an infant,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For every one that useth milk - Referring to the food of children. The apostle has in view here those Christians who resemble children in this respect, that they are not capable of receiving the stronger food adapted to those of mature age.
Is unskilful - Inexperienced; who has not skill to perform anything. The word is properly applied to one who has not experience or skill, or who is ignorant. Here it does not mean that they were not true Christians - but that they had not the experience or skill requisite to enable them to understand the higher mysteries of the Christian religion.
In the word of righteousness - The doctrine respecting the way in which men become righteous, or the way of salvation by the Redeemer; see the notes on Romans 1:17.
For He is a babe - That is, in religious matters. He understands the great system only as a child may. It is common to speak of "babes in knowledge," as denoting a state of ignorance.
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And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.
1 Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.
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like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
2 John 1:11
for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
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