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

  • Steve morrow
    JAMES 3:1 MY BRETHREN BE NOT MANY MASTERS KNOWING THAT WE SHALL RECEIVE THE GREATER CONDEMNATION ACTS 3:26 UNTO YOU FIRST GOD HAVING RAISED UP HIS SON JESUS --SENT HIM--TO BLESS YOU IN TURNING EVERYONE OF YOU FROM HIS INIQUITIES MATTHEW 22:37 JESUS SAID UNTO HIM THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY SOUL AND WITH ALL THY MIND JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
  • Sonny
    as a new Christian, I love the book of James, I try to live my life the way he would
  • A disciple
    BSP; YES! When someone has it in their heart to take the lead, it is a good thing; and for the honor of that place we are to hearken to them and give them double honor, for their labor in the Word. But it is also imperative that they be pure and upright men, and really know of what they speak and teach, as the Lord demands greater from those to whom more is entrusted. Matt. 23:2-3 confirms this.
  • BSP
    Verse 1 shows that those men who are taking the lead have a greater responsibility before Jehovah God.
  • A disciple
    The Jews' "religion" is not of God! They are the descendant of those who slew the Heir, and seized control of God's vineyard for themselves; (Matthew 21:38; Mark 12:7; Luke 20:14). They are Israel's Rulers which CAUSE THEM TO ERR; for they themselves do not enter the kingdom of God, and they forbid and hinder everyone who does. They do not submit to God, are contrary to all, and do not please Him!
  • Insight777
    V12, Jesus taught James that 2 religions can not be 1 religion. Judaism does not morph into Christianity. They are completely different religions, defining God in completely different ways.
    The Jews will always fight. They will fight believing, regardless of what pain and suffering they cause, they are directed by God. If that was truth no one would know the name of Jesus.

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