English Standard Version
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
King James Bible
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
American Standard Version
Be not many of you teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment.
Be ye not many masters, my brethren, knowing that you receive the greater judgment.
English Revised Version
Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment.
Webster's Bible Translation
My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
Weymouth New Testament
Do not be eager, my brethren, for many among you to become teachers; for you know that we teachers shall undergo severer judgement.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Literally, and better, teachers, with a reference to the exhortation to be slow to speak (James 1:19). Compare 1 Corinthians 14:26-34. James is warning against the too eager and general assumption of the privilege of teaching, which was not restricted to a particular class, but was exercised by believers generally.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
condemnation. or, judgement.
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--
1 Timothy 1:7
desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
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