Childish ways (1 Cor. 13:11)

“When I was an infant child,

I spoke like an infant child.

I thought like an infant child.

When I became a man,

I gave up my childish ways.”

ὅτε ἤμην νήπιος, ἐλάλουν ὡς νήπιος, ἐφρόνουν ὡς νήπιος, ἐλογιζόμην ὡς νήπιος· ὅτε γέγονα ἀνήρ, κατήργηκα τὰ τοῦ νηπίου.

Paul said that when he was an infant child (ὅτε ἤμην νήπιος), he spoke like an infant child (ἐλάλουν ὡς νήπιος).  He thought or reasoned like an infant child (ἐλογιζόμην ὡς νήπιος).  When he became a man (ὅτε γέγονα ἀνήρ), he gave up his childish ways (κατήργηκα τὰ τοῦ νηπίου).  Paul explained that when he was a small child, he spoke and thought like a small child.  However, now that he has become a man, he has put away all his childish ways.  Paul said that there was nothing wrong with speaking and thinking like a small child.  However, once you became a man, you should not revert to your childish infantile ways.  You had to end your childish speaking and thinking ways.  You should speak and think like a mature human.  Are you childish or mature?

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