James 3:1
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New International Version
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

New Living Translation
Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.

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.

Berean Study Bible
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Berean Literal Bible
Not many of you should be teachers my brothers, knowing that we will receive greater judgment.

New American Standard Bible
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

King James Bible
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment,

International Standard Version
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others.

NET Bible
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we will be judged more strictly.

New Heart English Bible
Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There should not be many teachers among you, my brethren, but you should know that we will incur greater judgment,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers. You know that we who teach will be judged more severely.

New American Standard 1977
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My brethren, make not unto yourselves many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

King James 2000 Bible
My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the severer judgment.

American King James Version
My brothers, 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be ye not many masters, my brethren, knowing that you receive the greater judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive 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.

World English Bible
Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.

Young's Literal Translation
Many teachers become not, my brethren, having known that greater judgment we shall receive,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men's tongues are employed in sinful ways, they are set on fire of hell. No man can tame the tongue without Divine grace and assistance. The apostle does not represent it as impossible, but as extremely difficult. Other sins decay with age, this many times gets worse; we grow more froward and fretful, as natural strength decays, and the days come on in which we have no pleasure. When other sins are tamed and subdued by the infirmities of age, the spirit often grows more tart, nature being drawn down to the dregs, and the words used become more passionate. That man's tongue confutes itself, which at one time pretends to adore the perfections of God, and to refer all things to him; and at another time condemns even good men, if they do not use the same words and expressions. True religion will not admit of contradictions: how many sins would be prevented, if men would always be consistent! Pious and edifying language is the genuine produce of a sanctified heart; and none who understand Christianity, expect to hear curses, lies, boastings, and revilings from a true believer's mouth, any more than they look for the fruit of one tree from another. But facts prove that more professors succeed in bridling their senses and appetites, than in duly restraining their tongues. Then, depending on Divine grace, let us take heed to bless and curse not; and let us aim to be consistent in our words and actions.
Study Bible
Taming the Tongue
1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body.…
Cross References
Matthew 23:8
But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.

Acts 13:1
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (a childhood companion of Herod the tetrarch), and Saul.

Romans 2:20
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--

1 Timothy 1:7
They want to be teachers of the Law, but they do not understand what they are saying or that which they so confidently assert.

James 1:16
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

James 3:10
Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be!
Treasury of Scripture

My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

be.

Malachi 2:12 The LORD will cut off the man that does this, the master and the …

Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, Why eats …

Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

Matthew 23:8-10,14 But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; …

John 3:10 Jesus answered and said to him, Are you a master of Israel, and know …

Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets …

Romans 2:20,21 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which have the …

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, …

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher …

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

knowing.

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, This is it that the LORD spoke, saying, …

Ezekiel 3:17,18 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:7-9 So you, O son of man, I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel; …

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall …

Luke 12:47,48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

Luke 16:2 And he called him, and said to him, How is it that I hear this of …

Acts 20:26,27 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men…

1 Corinthians 4:2-5 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful…

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

condemnation. or, judgement.

Matthew 7:1,2 Judge not, that you be not judged…

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

1 Corinthians 11:29-32 For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation …

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