James 3:1

“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

My brethren, bee not many masters, knowing that we shall receiue the greater condemnation.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Let not many {of you} become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be not many `of you' teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not all be teachers, my brothers, because we teachers will be judged more hardly than others.
- Basic English Bible

Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment.
- Darby Bible

My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
- Webster's Bible

Do not be eager, my brethren, for many among you to become teachers; for you know that we teachers shall undergo severer judgement.
- Weymouth Bible

Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.
- World English Bible

Mi britheren, nyle ye be maad many maistris, witynge that ye taken the more doom.
- Wycliffe Bible

Many teachers become not, my brethren, having known that greater judgment we shall receive,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 3:1

3:1 Be not many teachers - Let no more of you take this upon you than God thrusts out; seeing it is so hard not to offend in speaking much. Knowing that we - That all who thrust themselves into the office. Shall receive greater condemnation - For more offences. St. James here, as in several of the following verses, by a common figure of speech, includes himself: we shall receive, - we offend, - we put bits, - we curse - None of which, as common sense shows, are to be interpreted either of him or of the other apostles.

People's Bible Notes for James 3:1

Jas 3:1 The Control of the Tongue SUMMARY OF JAMES 3: Aspiring to Teachership. The Power of the Tongue. Its Untamable Nature. Its Contradictory Uses. Wisdom Shown in Its Proper Control. The Wisdom from Above Described. My brethren, be not many masters. Do not many of you seek to be teachers. The office of public teaching in the church is meant. Knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. Those who profess to teach others will be judged more strictly than those of humbler professions. See Mt 7:1. Of those who have much, much is required. See Lu 12:48. A lesson is to be given on the tongue. He who teaches will be held strictly to account for the manner in which he uses it.

Discussion for James 3

  • JoAnn Hutcherson
    This chapter, James 3, speaks volumes. Unless lead by the Spirit, it is best to keep still and watch with prayer. In today's world, it's very easy to become enemies; however, the Word says, " Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" It hurts to know you can go so long 'thinking' you have something special, and don't. If we never understand LOVE, we are yet deceived.
  • David Delp
    I Love the Lord so much and I try and pray so hard to do what's right but this big mouth of mine sure gets me back down on them knees real fast. David Delp

  • Gregory
    It is very true that the tongue can destroy a body. We must strive to ensure that what we speak edifies the hearer and shows God's glory in us. As such, the speaker will be blessed as a beacon of light.
  • JM
    James 3 is a reminder for all of us children of God on how we should use our tounge. Sometimes we hurt people not with actions but with words. Word is more painful than action. This chapter also gives us idea if the knowledge that we have is from obove or from evil one. This is veer crucial in making decission in life, family, community, and in church.. God bless us all
  • John-Baptist Yennah for verse 2
    We are to realize that words are powerful, they are seeds sown in the hearts and minds of the hearer they can make or destroy the recipient.Therefore if our words edifices or minister grace to the hearer then we are walking in maturity.
  • Brianna for verse 17
    Wisdom is the application of knowledge. If we possess the wisdom Of God then these are some of the qualities that should be ready be seen in us By others. Our association is pure, we are reasonable in our dealings, we pursue peace with others, and we are merciful In actions to assist others.

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