Matthew 23:9
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New International Version
And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

New Living Translation
And don't address anyone here on earth as 'Father,' for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father.

English Standard Version
And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.

Berean Study Bible
And do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.

Berean Literal Bible
And call no one your father on the earth; for One is your Father, who is in heaven.

New American Standard Bible
"Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

King James Bible
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven.

International Standard Version
And don't call anyone on earth 'Father,' because you have only one Father, the one in heaven.

NET Bible
And call no one your 'father' on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you should not call yourselves “Father”, in the earth, for one is your Father who is in Heaven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And don't call anyone on earth your father, because you have only one Father, and he is in heaven.

New American Standard 1977
“And do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And call no one your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven.

American King James Version
And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

American Standard Version
And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even he who is in heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who 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.

English Revised Version
And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father who is in heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
And call no one on earth your Father, for One alone is your Father--the Heavenly Father.

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,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:1-12 The scribes and Pharisees explained the law of Moses, and enforced obedience to it. They are charged with hypocrisy in religion. We can only judge according to outward appearance; but God searches the heart. They made phylacteries. These were scrolls of paper or parchment, wherein were written four paragraphs of the law, to be worn on their foreheads and left arms, Ex 13:2-10; 13:11-16; De 6:4-9; 11:13-21. They made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealous for the law than others. God appointed the Jews to make fringes upon their garments, Nu 15:38, to remind them of their being a peculiar people; but the Pharisees made them larger than common, as if they were thereby more religious than others. Pride was the darling, reigning sin of the Pharisees, the sin that most easily beset them, and which our Lord Jesus takes all occasions to speak against. For him that is taught in the word to give respect to him that teaches, is commendable; but for him that teaches, to demand it, to be puffed up with it, is sinful. How much is all this against the spirit of Christianity! The consistent disciple of Christ is pained by being put into chief places. But who that looks around on the visible church, would think this was the spirit required? It is plain that some measure of this antichristian spirit prevails in every religious society, and in every one of our hearts.
Study Bible
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
8But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9And do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Christ.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:9
So then, this is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,

Matthew 7:11
So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Matthew 23:10
Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

call.

2 Kings 2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot …

2 Kings 6:21 And the king of Israel said to Elisha, when he saw them, My father, …

2 Kings 13:14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash …

Job 32:21,22 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give …

Acts 22:1 Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you.

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have …

1 Timothy 5:1,2 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger …

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, …

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Matthew 6:8,9,32 Be not you therefore like to them: for your Father knows what things …

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God…

2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, …

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

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