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Hebrews 5:11-12

Context
The Need to Move on to Maturity

5:11 On this topic we have much to say 1  and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish 2  in hearing. 5:12 For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, 3  you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. 4  You have gone back to needing 5  milk, not 6  solid food.

1 tn Grk “concerning which the message for us is great.”

2 tn Or “dull.”

3 tn Grk “because of the time.”

4 tn Grk “the elements of the beginning of the oracles of God.”

5 tn Grk “you have come to have a need for.”

6 tc ‡ Most texts, including some early and important ones (א2 A B* D Ψ 0122 0278 1881 Ï sy Cl), have καί (kai, “and”) immediately preceding οὐ (ou, “not”), but other equally significant witnesses (Ì46 א* B2 C 33 81 1739 lat Or Did) lack the conjunction. As it was a natural tendency for scribes to add a coordinating conjunction, the καί appears to be a motivated reading. On balance, it is probably best to regard the shorter reading as authentic. NA27 has καί in brackets, indicating doubts as to its authenticity.



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