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

  • A disciple
    Charles; I appreciate reading your post. Humility is always honest, and for us to wait on the Lord for His direction as to our service; this is great understanding. In Hebrews 11, the part where Paul talks about Moses; its interesting how Moses apparently had already some idea that God was going to use him to deliver Israel from Egypt; and he was called by God, the meekest of men: and he waited!
  • Wayne
    Abandon the laws of what?
  • Maria Sanabria
    I believed that James the Justice books are clear how we need to follow the laws. I really don't think that Jesus told us to abandon the laws.
  • Irene123
    Because the "wise as serpents" quote ISN'T a word for word EXACT quote - I pray someone doesn't jump all over me ............
  • Irene123
    Jas. 3:17 - " ... wisdom ..... is ... pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." Wisdom; we all desire to be wise; "be ye therefore wise as serpents but harmless as doves; wise in our speaking, thinking; but harmless in the same.
  • Charles hendrix
    Verse 1 argues that we should NOT all try to be teachers because we are judged more harshly than others,because we are teaching. I declined leading classes in my Sunday School because I felt inadequate in my knowledge and wisdom of the word. The Tongue is a potent thing,Even well intentioned speech when not biblically informed can have disastrous consequence .

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