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Babes

The English word babe, or baby, meaning an infant, originated in ancient Britain and Europe based upon the Biblical word Babel, because of how babies talk - they babble (Babylon means confusion, and confusion means "a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought). The word "babe" is used in two ways in the Scriptures, for literal infants, and for those who are just beginning to learn and understand the Truth.

Babes

Holy Bible "Babe" is first used to translate original Hebrew and Greek words of the Scriptures than mean actual babies, e.g. for Moses and Jesus Christ at the time of their infancy:

"And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children." (Exodus 2:5-6 KJV)

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:10-12 KJV)

Jesus Christ referred to repentant, open-minded, ready-to-learn people as "babes":

"At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." (Matthew 11:25 KJV)

The metaphor of "babes" was also often used by the apostles:

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:2 KJV)

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 3:1-2 KJV)

"And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law." (Romans 2:19-20 KJV)

With growth, comes an end to babbling:

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. But shun profane and vain babblings" (2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did the "wise" pagan philosophers, whose carnal minds were closed to the Truth of the Gospel, call the apostle Paul a "babbler"?
Acts 17:18


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