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

  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 23:28 even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity JAMES 3:17 but the wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable gentle and easy to be entreated full of mercy --- AND GOOD FRUITS --- without partiality and without hypocrisy
  • A disciple
    "..but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not...But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." In the Sermon on the Mount, all of our character and conduct both toward God and men is supposed to be a reflection of our Father, that men may see!
  • A disciple
    BSP; That is such a profound statement! Hypocrisy is "stage-playing," giving an outward appearance intended to conceal one's true motives, nature, or actions. That then is become a false and spurious "religion" based on deceit and fraud, driven by pride, envy and selfishness. Our religion is as David describes in the 5th Psalm; of setting in order before Him, and allowing no place for the devil.
  • BSP
    Verses 25 and 26- the Pharisees were only focused on their outward appearance. We want to make sure that we are clean inside and out.
  • Joseph Mosley
    When Jesus said for us" call no man father save your father witch is in heaven. He was talking about religious father like Catholics call there priests father. He also said that we should not refer to religious leaders as rabbi because it means teacher and we only have one teacher and that is God.
  • Ren
    @Pearl when I was young we called ours dad not father. That was not allowed at our house. We were told you have only one Father and he is the one above.

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