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 23:9

  • 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.
  • Roger on Matthew 23:9
    Tradition is wrong a lot of times especially concerning acknowledging my dad as Father. I realize the truth and make a change immediately in regard to my dad and my son.
  • Trudy on Matthew 23:9
    I believe the word is truth. In Matthew 23:9. We are to show our obedience to our Father as He is our only Father. On earth its our Dad or Daddy. To give our dad the nameof Father would to me dishonor The Heavenly Father. We would be giving our dad on earth more honor then we are surpose to. I don't remember calling my dad Father it never felt right.
  • PEGGY on Matthew 23:9
    I feel we have really gotten too far from the Bible in turn, not reading it so we don't take it as God's law. we see somethings as little nothings, and it is a shame because there is nothing little about a command from God. we want his glory.
  • Wendie on Matthew 23:9
    I find really fascinating that people prefer traditions over scripture. The Bible is always clear on its teachings and yet, because of traditions long held by 'ancestors', people are quite happy to ignore the teachings of the Bible and go on believing that they are worshipers of God. How can you worship God if you ignore what he says and obey men? Call me crazy, but I think that would make you a worshiper of men. Really fascinating....
  • Emmanuel on Matthew 23:9
    Very strong especially the Catholic church to consider!


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