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.
King James Bible
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
Darby Bible Translation
Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment.
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Be not many masters - Do not affect the teacher's office, for many wish to be teachers who have more need to learn. There were many teachers or rabbins among the Jews, each affecting to have The truth, and to draw disciples after him. We find a caution against such persons, and of the same nature with that of St. James, in Pirkey Aboth, c. i.:10: Love labor, and hate the rabbin's office.
This caution is still necessary; there are multitudes, whom God has never called, and never can call, because he has never qualified them for the work, who earnestly wish to get into the priest's office. And of this kind, in opposition to St. James, we have many masters - persons who undertake to show us the way of salvation, who know nothing of that ways and are unsaved themselves. These are found among all descriptions of Christians, and have been the means of bringing the ministerial office into contempt. Their case is awful; they shall receive greater condemnation than common sinners; they have not only sinned in thrusting themselves into that office to which God has never called them, but through their insufficiency the flocks over whom they have assumed the mastery perish for lack of knowledge, and their blood will God require at the watchman's hand. A man may have this mastery according to the law of the land, and yet not have it according to the Gospel; another may affect to have it according to the Gospel, because he dissents from the religion of the state, and not have it according to Christ. Blockheads are common, and knaves and hypocrites may be found everywhere.
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condemnation. or, judgement.
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"Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work!" --JAMES iii. 13-18. In Milton's "Comus" we read of a certain potion which has the power to pervert all the senses of everyone who drinks it. Nothing is apprehended truly. Sight and hearing and taste are all disordered, and the victim is all unconscious of the confusion. The deadly draught is the minister of deceptive chaos. And envy is like that potion when it is drunk by the spirit. It perverts every moral and spiritual sense. …
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"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, 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 know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
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