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

  • A disciple
    Pearl; Honoring our father and mother is one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus condemned the hypocrites for teaching that by one's keep of religious observance he would be exempt from honoring his parents. I believe that Jesus is here referring to Titles, as if any man could be our Supreme Leader, or Master over the other's life and faith; for only our Father in heaven and Christ have those roles.
  • Pearl Nicholas
    Call no man father yet we all our parents mother and father. Is this wrong? Also in the Catholic church, a priest is called father.
  • A disciple
    From the day that the Lord Jesus came into this world, the devil's seed was after Him to destroy Him; and throughout His Ministry He was pursued by hateful and hostile hypocrites, who were deaf as an adder, and would never humble themselves to receive His good and wholesome teaching. In the last few days Jesus has come right to Jerusalem to speak to their face, and it cost Him His life. We follow!
  • Irene123
    Rev. Kerns; I like what you said; Ps. 68:11; "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Lord shall raise up a standard against him." Isa. 69:19
  • Reverend Robert L. Kerns
    There is only One Father and He is the Heavenly Father and the Creator of Heaven and earth and the fullness thereof. The Bible tells us in the book of Timothy to " Study to shew ourselves approved of God. Rightfully dividing the Word of Truth ". Reminder, The Word of God is to be discussed not argued over. It doesn't matter how we may think or feel, God's Word will always stand.
  • Rennagade
    And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. That means no man period!!!!!

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