Matthew 23:8
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New International Version
"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one 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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But be not ye called Rabbi - As our Lord probably spoke in Hebrew, the latter word rabbi, in this verse, must have been in the plural; but as the contracted form of the plural sounds almost exactly like the singular, the Greek writer would naturally express them both in the same letters.

None of the prophets had ever received this title, nor any of the Jewish doctors before the time of Hillel and Shammai, which was about the time of our Lord; and, as disputes on several subjects had run high between these two schools, the people were of course divided; some acknowledging Hillel as rabbi, - infallible teacher, and others giving this title to Shammai. The Pharisees, who always sought the honor that comes from men, assumed the title, and got their followers to address them by it. See on Matthew 19:3 (note).

One is your Master - Instead of καθηγητης, guide or leader, (the common reading here, and which occurs in Matthew 23:10), the famous Vatican MS., upwards of fifty others, and most of the ancient versions, read διδασκαλος, master. The most eminent critics approve of this reading and, independently of the very respectable authority by which it is supported, it is evident that this reading is more consistent with the context than the other, - Be not ye called Masters, for one is your Master.

Even Christ - Griesbach has left this out of the text, because it is wanting in many of the most excellent MSS., versions, and fathers. Mill and Bengel approve of the omission. It might have been brought into this verse from Matthew 23:10. Our Lord probably alludes to Isaiah 54:13, All thy children shall be taught of the Lord.

Ye are brethren - No one among you is higher than another, or can possibly have from me any jurisdiction over the rest. Ye are, in this respect, perfectly equal.

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Matthew 23:10 Neither be you called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand.

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

James 3:1 My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

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

one.

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord...

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son...

Matthew 26:49 And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

John 13:13,14 You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am...

Romans 14:9,10 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living...

1 Corinthians 1:12,13 Now this I say, that every one of you said, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ...

1 Corinthians 3:3-5 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men...

all.

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brothers.

Ephesians 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Colossians 1:1,2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother...

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ...

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant...

Revelation 22:9 Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers the prophets...

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The Morality of the Gospel.
Is stating the morality of the Gospel as an argument of its truth, I am willing to admit two points; first, that the teaching of morality was not the primary design of the mission; secondly, that morality, neither in the Gospel, nor in any other book, can be a subject, properly speaking, of discovery. If I were to describe in a very few words the scope of Christianity as a revelation, [49] I should say that it was to influence the conduct of human life, by establishing the proof of a future state
William Paley—Evidences of Christianity

First Attempts on Jerusalem.
Jesus, almost every year, went to Jerusalem for the feast of the passover. The details of these journeys are little known, for the synoptics do not speak of them,[1] and the notes of the fourth Gospel are very confused on this point.[2] It was, it appears, in the year 31, and certainly after the death of John, that the most important of the visits of Jesus to Jerusalem took place. Many of the disciples followed him. Although Jesus attached from that time little value to the pilgrimage, he conformed
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

On Attending the Church Service
"The sin of the young men was very great." 1 Sam. 2:17. 1. The corruption, not only of the heathen world, but likewise of them that were called Christians, has been matter of sorrow and lamentation to pious men, almost from the time of the apostles. And hence, as early as the second century, within a hundred years of St. John's removal from the earth, men who were afraid of being partakers of other men's sins, thought it their duty to separate from them. Hence, in every age many have retired from
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

Machinations of the Enemies of Jesus.
Jesus passed the autumn and a part of the winter at Jerusalem. This season is there rather cold. The portico of Solomon, with its covered aisles, was the place where he habitually walked.[1] This portico consisted of two galleries, formed by three rows of columns, and covered by a ceiling of carved wood.[2] It commanded the valley of Kedron, which was doubtless less covered with debris than it is at the present time. The depth of the ravine could not be measured, from the height of the portico; and
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

Cross References
Matthew 23:7
they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called 'Rabbi' by others.

Matthew 26:25
Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely you don't mean me, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "You have said so."

Matthew 26:49
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.

Mark 9:5
Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

Mark 10:51
"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."

Mark 11:21
Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"

Mark 14:45
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.

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