Hebrews 5:12

Teachers (didaskaloi). Predicate nominative after einai. By reason of the time (dia ton cronon). Alas, what a commentary on modern Christians. That some one teach you the rudiments (tou didaskein uma tina ta stoiceia). Neat Greek idiom, genitive case of the articular infinitive (need of the teaching) with two accusatives of the person (uma, you) and the thing (ta stoiceia, the rudiments) and the accusative of general reference (tina, as to some one). For stoiceia see Galatians 4:3 Galatians 4:9 ; Colossians 2:8 . Of the first principles of the oracles of God (th arch twn logiwn tou qeou). Three genitives linked to each other. Arch (beginning) illustrates ta stoiceia, just before, the A B C of Christian teaching like Hebrews 6:1 . Logion is a diminutive of logos, divine oracles being usually brief, common in the O.T. and Philo for God's words, in N.T. used for the O.T. ( Acts 7:38 ; Romans 3:2 ), of God's word through Christians ( 1 Peter 4:11 ), of the substance of Christian teaching ( Hebrews 5:12 ). Of milk (galakto). Because still babes ( 1 Corinthians 3:2 ) and not able to chew "solid food" (sterea troph), without intellectual and spiritual teeth.