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

  • Ricky Termain
    Awesome Chapter especially chapter 3verse3 awesome..
  • BSP
    Even though the tongue is such a small member of the human body, we can not tame it. We are all imperfect and so we will all say imperfect things. We must work hard to try and control our tongue the best we can.
  • Irene123
    The tongue can no MAN tame - but the Lord Jesus can -IF one follows Acts 2:38 and allows the Holy Ghost (spirit of Jesus) to live in us. THAT'S where true Christians get their power. And not hanging around old sinner friends, but PRAYING for them and letting them feel His love in you in witnessing to them.
  • Bruce
    Rev.Miller: This man is not Christian. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The tree is known by their fruit. Matthew12:33-34. V 37: for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words Thou shalt be condemned. Called: John6: 44; forgiving 1John1:9; Baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire Matthew 3:11. "You will know"! Impossible not to know! 2Corinthians 5:17.
  • Rev Franklin Miller
    Please, readers, doe NOT use verse 8 as as a scripture that allows you to use foul language. As a minister, I've heard this verse used to justify a fellow Christian man who cursed quite frequently. Try and explain this reasoning to the Lord when you meet Him on Judgement Day. Better get it right down here because you won't have the chance up there. Merry Christmas and a safe prosperous New Year!!!
  • 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.

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