New American Standard Bible
"But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your 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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Be not ye ... - Jesus forbade his disciples to seek such titles of distinction. The reason which he gave was that he was himself their Master and Teacher, They were on a level; they were to be equal in authority; they were brethren; and they should neither covet nor receive a title which implied either an elevation of one above another, or which appeared to infringe on the absolute right of the Saviour to be their only Teacher and Master. The direction here is an express command to his disciples not to receive such a title of distinction. They were not to covet it; they were not to seek it; they were not to do anything that implied a wish or a willingness that it should be appended to their names. Everything which would tend to make a distinction among them or destroy their parity - everything which would lead the world to suppose that there were ranks and grades among them as ministers, they were to avoid. It is to be observed that the command is that they were not to receive the title - "Be not ye called Rabbi." The Saviour did not forbid them giving the title to others when it was customary or not regarded as improper (compare Acts 26:25), but they were not to receive it. It was to be unknown among them. This title corresponds with the title "Doctor of Divinity" as applied to ministers of the gospel; and, so far as I can see, the spirit of the Saviour's command is violated by the reception of such a title, as really as it would have been by their being called "Rabbi." It makes a distinction among ministers. It tends to engender pride and a sense of superiority in those who obtain it, and envy and a sense of inferiority in those who do not; and the whole spirit and tendency of it is contrary to the "simplicity that is in Christ."
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and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.
And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself."
Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
And answering him, Jesus said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And the blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!"
Being reminded, Peter said to Him, "Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered."
After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, "Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
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