New International Version
"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
King James Bible
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
Darby Bible Translation
But *ye*, be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your instructor, and all *ye* are brethren.
World English Bible
But don't you be called 'Rabbi,' for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers.
Young's Literal Translation
'And ye -- ye may not be called Rabbi, for one is your director -- the Christ, and all ye are brethren;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But be not ye called Rabbi - As our Lord probably spoke in Hebrew, the latter word rabbi, in this verse, must have been in the plural; but as the contracted form of the plural sounds almost exactly like the singular, the Greek writer would naturally express them both in the same letters.
None of the prophets had ever received this title, nor any of the Jewish doctors before the time of Hillel and Shammai, which was about the time of our Lord; and, as disputes on several subjects had run high between these two schools, the people were of course divided; some acknowledging Hillel as rabbi, - infallible teacher, and others giving this title to Shammai. The Pharisees, who always sought the honor that comes from men, assumed the title, and got their followers to address them by it. See on Matthew 19:3 (note).
One is your Master - Instead of καθηγητης, guide or leader, (the common reading here, and which occurs in Matthew 23:10), the famous Vatican MS., upwards of fifty others, and most of the ancient versions, read διδασκαλος, master. The most eminent critics approve of this reading and, independently of the very respectable authority by which it is supported, it is evident that this reading is more consistent with the context than the other, - Be not ye called Masters, for one is your Master.
Even Christ - Griesbach has left this out of the text, because it is wanting in many of the most excellent MSS., versions, and fathers. Mill and Bengel approve of the omission. It might have been brought into this verse from Matthew 23:10. Our Lord probably alludes to Isaiah 54:13, All thy children shall be taught of the Lord.
Ye are brethren - No one among you is higher than another, or can possibly have from me any jurisdiction over the rest. Ye are, in this respect, perfectly equal.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Morality of the Gospel.
Is stating the morality of the Gospel as an argument of its truth, I am willing to admit two points; first, that the teaching of morality was not the primary design of the mission; secondly, that morality, neither in the Gospel, nor in any other book, can be a subject, properly speaking, of discovery. If I were to describe in a very few words the scope of Christianity as a revelation,  I should say that it was to influence the conduct of human life, by establishing the proof of a future state …
William Paley—Evidences of Christianity
First Attempts on Jerusalem.
On Attending the Church Service
Machinations of the Enemies of Jesus.
they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called 'Rabbi' by others.
Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely you don't mean me, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "You have said so."
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."
"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.
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