New Living Translation
And don't address anyone here on earth as 'Father,' for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father.
King James Bible
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Darby Bible Translation
And call not any one your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, he who is in the heavens.
World English Bible
Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.
Young's Literal Translation
and ye may not call any your father on the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
23:8-10 The Jewish rabbis were also called father and master, by their several disciples, whom they required, To believe implicitly what they affirmed, without asking any farther reason; To obey implicitly what they enjoined, without seeking farther authority. Our Lord, therefore, by forbidding us either to give or receive the title of rabbi, master, or father, forbids us either to receive any such reverence, or to pay any such to any but God.
LibraryAmong the People, and with the Pharisees
It would have been difficult to proceed far either in Galilee or in Judaea without coming into contact with an altogether peculiar and striking individuality, differing from all around, and which would at once arrest attention. This was the Pharisee. Courted or feared, shunned or flattered, reverently looked up to or laughed at, he was equally a power everywhere, both ecclesiastically and politically, as belonging to the most influential, the most zealous, and the most closely-connected religions …
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life
The General Service to a Prophet.
Liberty of Conscience Threatened
Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and his Adherents, in this Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Souls.
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
And don't let anyone call you 'Teacher,' for you have only one teacher, the Messiah.
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