Matthew 23:9

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 23:9

And call no man your father vpon the earth: for one is your father which is in heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Do not call {anyone} on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, `even' he who is in heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And give no man the name of father on earth: because one is your Father, who is in heaven.
- Basic English Bible

And call not [any one] your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, he who is in the heavens.
- Darby Bible

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father who is in heaven.
- Webster's Bible

And call no one on earth your Father, for One alone is your Father--the Heavenly Father.
- Weymouth Bible

Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.
- World English Bible

And nyle ye clepe to you a fadir on erthe, for oon is your fadir, that is in heuenes.
- Wycliffe Bible

and ye may not call [any] your father on the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 23:9

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:9

23:8-10 The Jewish rabbis were also called father and master, by their several disciples, whom they required, To believe implicitly what they affirmed, without asking any farther reason; To obey implicitly what they enjoined, without seeking farther authority. Our Lord, therefore, by forbidding us either to give or receive the title of rabbi, master, or father, forbids us either to receive any such reverence, or to pay any such to any but God.

23:11 #Mt 20:26|.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:9

Mt 23:9 Call no [man] your father upon earth. Another honorary title. The scribes delighted to be called "Abba", "father". So the priests of the Roman Catholic Church. So do all who welcome such honorary titles as Rev., Right Rev., Lord Bishop, etc. These are all forbidden. No apostle was ever so called.

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • Roy Garcia on Matthew 23:9

    Referring to spiritual father not carnal.
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 23:9
    Indeed. Even as the Roman Catholics have their priests & 'fathers' as they also refer to the Pope as 'Holy father' or 'Sancta Papa'. We can never ascribe to any man such a position & relationship as that we have to Almighty God, our Heavenly Father.

    When Jesus spoke about this matter, it seemed that the Jewish leaders/teachers used that title, supposing that "the teacher formed the man" therefore giving them that right or authority. However, the Source of all life & Truth is from God & is God, so there can be no man that deserves such an honour. Yet as you correctly say, that Jesus' warning is not directed to our natural fathers, who can be called such because of our biological relationship to them.
  • Steve - in Reply on Matthew 23:9
    Yet many hold to trinity doctrines of the RCC that are part and parcel of the same false religion, you later said God is only father and you are correct as Jesus called him father and God . No man even Jesus never claimed the position of God .

    There is one Lord God and Jesus acknowledged that yet RCC and many others can not comprehend this . Jesus is born of God comes from God , Son of God and Mary . But not the LORD GOD . No man can claim this as you said and neither did Jesus .
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 23:9
    Steve, I think we've broached this matter before in our discussions. Whilst I believe in the complete Unity of God & that God is One, but from Him, we are taught from the Scriptures, proceed the Word & the Spirit. Though the original comment by Roy was one of 'fatherhood', I believe that the Word sent from God to become Man, expresses God's Fatherhood to His Son Jesus Christ. However, since the Unity of God has never been broken, the Son even at the Father's right Hand, remains wholly within the Unity of God & the full expression of His Person.

    Of Jesus in the OT is written: Isaiah 9:6, Psalm 45:6,7 (cf Hebrews 1:8), Psalm 110:1, Daniel 7:13,14.

    In the NT: John 1:1-14, Philippians 2:5-8, Titus 2:13 (cf John 20:28), 1 John 5:20 & many more.

    So I don't believe it was the RCC or the Nicene Council that introduced the understanding of the Godhead, but what we see & learn from the Scriptures. But to say that Jesus is presently the Almighty God, without the presence of the Father in Heaven is wrong, as other Scriptures attest to it. The apostles & early Church believed in the deity of Christ & so we take it from there & hold onto it, even though our human understanding is limited & weak to understand the personality of God & His revelation to us.
  • Steve - in Reply on Matthew 23:9
    I fully disagree . RCC is fully corrupt . And apostles doctrine never taught this God dishonoring doctrine .

    Jesus was born of God and there fore his Son and RCC never had the spiritual understanding.
  • Anthony on Matthew 23:9
    In response to the comments regarding Scripture reference "call no man Father... " - most of which are disparaging remarks directed at Catholics who address their Pastors as "Father "! Who among you have not referred to your own biological male parent as being "your father ". So what does Lord Jesus have reference to in this passage? I would suggest that we need to look at the overall context in which our Lord makes the statement. Peace be with you!
  • Charles on Matthew 23:9
    what it means by call no man your father on earth is that those who put their trust in their pastors or religious leader calling them their spiritual fathers is what Jehovah hates. making a man your father whom you consult instead of speaking to God our heavenly father through.
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube on Matthew 23:9
    Servants are not greater than their master, And humbleness is thus required when a servant rises to the closer ranks of the master.
  • Mike on Matthew 23:9
    what about the commandment HONOR THY FATHER MOTHER. how do all you Evangelicals explain that ? dont say that was the OT because Jesus said obey the commandments
  • Brianna on Matthew 23:9
    Crystal Clear. Important to note though, that this is Father, in a religious context. The word father was applied many times in the Bible to someone's fleshly relative.

    It is so strange that this is blatantly expressed in the Bible yet certain churches just outright IGNORE this command.


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