Luke 6:40
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New International Version
The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

New Living Translation
Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

English Standard Version
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Berean Study Bible
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Berean Literal Bible
A disciple is not above the teacher, and everyone fully trained will be like his teacher.

New American Standard Bible
"A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

King James Bible
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

International Standard Version
A disciple is not better than his teacher. But everyone who is fully-trained will be like his teacher.

NET Bible
A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher.

New Heart English Bible
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“There is no disciple greater than his mentor, for everyone who is perfected shall be like his mentor.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A student is no better than his teacher. But everyone who is well-trained will be like his teacher.

New American Standard 1977
“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The disciple is not above his master, but any one that is as the master shall be perfect.

King James 2000 Bible
The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one that is perfect shall be as his teacher.

American King James Version
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

American Standard Version
The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his teacher.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The disciple is not above his master: but every one shall be perfect, if he be as his master.

Darby Bible Translation
The disciple is not above his teacher, but every one that is perfected shall be as his teacher.

English Revised Version
The disciple is not above his master: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his master.

Webster's Bible Translation
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect, shall be as his master.

Weymouth New Testament
There is no disciple who is superior to his teacher; but every one whose instruction is complete will be like his teacher.

World English Bible
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Young's Literal Translation
A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one perfected shall be as his teacher.
Study Bible
Do Not Judge
39Jesus also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?…
Cross References
Matthew 10:24
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.

Luke 6:41
Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?

John 13:16
Truly, truly, I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

John 15:20
Remember the word that I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well; if they kept My word, they will keep yours as well.
Treasury of Scripture

The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

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Matthew 10:24,25 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord…

John 13:16 Truly, truly, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; …

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater …

that is perfect shall be as his master. or, shall be perfected as his master.

Matthew 23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea …

(40) The disciple is not above his master.--See Notes on Matthew 10:24, John 15:20. Here the application of the proverb is obviously very different. The connection of thought is somewhat obscure, and we may not unreasonably believe that some links have been omitted. As it is, however, we can infer something from what precedes and follows. We are still in that section of the discourse which warns the disciples against taking on themselves the office of a judge. They were in this to follow the example of their Master. He, in His work on earth, taught, but did not judge (John 8:11-15; John 12:47; perhaps, also, Luke 12:14). Were they above their Master that they should do what He had refrained from doing?

Every one that is perfect.--Better, every one that is perfected. The marginal rendering, "Every one shall be perfected," is hardly tenable grammatically The implied thought is that the disciple or scholar who has been perfected by the education through which his Master has led him, will be like the Master in character and temper, i.e., in this special application of the maxim, will abstain from needless, or hasty, or uncharitable judgment.

Verse 40. - The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. "Both," he went on to say, "will be lost hopelessly. You cannot expect the disciples of these mistaken men, surely, to be wiser than their teachers; for you know the oft-repeated saying, 'Every one that is perfect [better rendered, that has been perfected] shall be as his master;' in other words, the pupils of these censorious, evil-judging, narrow-minded, bitter men will grow up - as they become perfected in this teaching - in their turn equally narrow-minded and bitter as their masters." The conclusion, felt though not expressed, of course, is, "But my followers must be something different to these; another and nobler spirit, nobler because more generous, must rule in their hearts." The disciple is not above his master,.... Or "more excellent", as the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions render it; that is, in learning and knowledge; if the master is ignorant, the scholar will be so too; and thus it is with teachers, and their people under their care; if the leaders are blind and ignorant, those under their instructions will remain so likewise. These words are an illustration of the preceding parable, and are used to another purpose here than in Matthew 10:24. See Gill on Matthew 10:24.

but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. The Vulgate Latin reads it, "every one shall be perfect if he is as his master"; that is, if his master is a man of general learning, and a complete scholar, if he is like him, he will be so too: the Persic version renders it, "every disciple that desires perfection shall be as his master": whoever is ambitious of being a thorough scholar, and is diligent and industrious, by all ways and means, to obtain such a character, shall be even as good an one as his master, under whom he learns, and better he cannot well expect to be; and this is sufficient; and so the Ethiopic version renders it, "is it not enough that every one be as his master?" agreeably to Matthew 10:25

Maimonides (i) has an expression much like this:

"he that learns, shall not be greater than he of whom he learns, but shall be, "as he".''

Christ, in this last clause, seems to design his own disciples, who, when perfect in knowledge, which is not to be expected in this state, unless in a comparative sense, will be like himself.

(i) Misn. Bava Kama, c. 2. sect. 5. 40. The disciple, etc.—that is, "The disciple aims to come up to his master, and he thinks himself complete when he does so: if you then be blind leaders of the blind, the perfection of one's training under you will only land him the more certainly in one common ruin with yourselves."6:37-49 All these sayings Christ often used; it was easy to apply them. We ought to be very careful when we blame others; for we need allowance ourselves. If we are of a giving and a forgiving spirit, we shall ourselves reap the benefit. Though full and exact returns are made in another world, not in this world, yet Providence does what should encourage us in doing good. Those who follow the multitude to do evil, follow in the broad way that leads to destruction. The tree is known by its fruits; may the word of Christ be so grafted in our hearts, that we may be fruitful in every good word and work. And what the mouth commonly speaks, generally agrees with what is most in the heart. Those only make sure work for their souls and eternity, and take the course that will profit in a trying time, who think, speak, and act according to the words of Christ. Those who take pains in religion, found their hope upon Christ, who is the Rock of Ages, and other foundation can no man lay. In death and judgment they are safe, being kept by the power of Christ through faith unto salvation, and they shall never perish.
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