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

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

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 for verse 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 for verse 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 for verse 9
    Servants are not greater than their master, And humbleness is thus required when a servant rises to the closer ranks of the master.
  • 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 for verse 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.
  • 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.

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