Matthew 23:9


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

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of Matthew 23:9

“And call no man your father vpon the earth: for one is your father which is in heauen.”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of Matthew chapter 23

“"Do not call {anyone} on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”
New American Standard Version (1995)

“And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, `even' he who is in heaven.”
American Standard Version (1901)

“And give no man the name of father on earth: because one is your Father, who is in heaven.”
Basic English Bible

“And call not [any one] your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, he who is in the heavens.”
Darby Bible

“And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven. ”
Douay Rheims Bible

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

“And call no one on earth your Father, for One alone is your Father--the Heavenly Father.”
Weymouth Bible

“Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.”
World English Bible

“And nyle ye clepe to you a fadir on erthe, for oon is your fadir, that is in heuenes.”
Wycliffe Bible

“and ye may not call [any] your father on the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens,”
Youngs Literal Bible


Steve's comment on 2020-12-23 10:02:05:

I fully disagree . RCC is fully corrupt . And apostles doctrine never taught this God dishonoring doctrine .

Jesus was born of God and there fore his Son and RCC never had the spiritual understanding.


Chris's comment on 2020-12-22 17:04:50:

Steve, I think we've broached this matter before in our discussions. Whilst I believe in the complete Unity of God & that God is One, but from Him, we are taught from the Scriptures, proceed the Word & the Spirit. Though the original comment by Roy was one of 'fatherhood', I believe that the Word sent from God to become Man, expresses God's Fatherhood to His Son Jesus Christ. However, since the Unity of God has never been broken, the Son even at the Father's right Hand, remains wholly within the Unity of God & the full expression of His Person.

Of Jesus in the OT is written: Isaiah 9:6, Psalm 45:6,7 (cf Hebrews 1:8), Psalm 110:1, Daniel 7:13,14.

In the NT: John 1:1-14, Philippians 2:5-8, Titus 2:13 (cf John 20:28), 1 John 5:20 & many more.

So I don't believe it was the RCC or the Nicene Council that introduced the understanding of the Godhead, but what we see & learn from the Scriptures. But to say that Jesus is presently the Almighty God, without the presence of the Father in Heaven is wrong, as other Scriptures attest to it. The apostles & early Church believed in the deity of Christ & so we take it from there & hold onto it, even though our human understanding is limited & weak to understand the personality of God & His revelation to us.


Steve's comment on 2020-12-22 15:50:03:

Yet many hold to trinity doctrines of the RCC that are part and parcel of the same false religion, you later said God is only father and you are correct as Jesus called him father and God . No man even Jesus never claimed the position of God .

There is one Lord God and Jesus acknowledged that yet RCC and many others can not comprehend this . Jesus is born of God comes from God , Son of God and Mary . But not the LORD GOD . No man can claim this as you said and neither did Jesus .


Chris's comment on 2020-12-22 13:55:44:

Indeed. Even as the Roman Catholics have their priests & 'fathers' as they also refer to the Pope as 'Holy father' or 'Sancta Papa'. We can never ascribe to any man such a position & relationship as that we have to Almighty God, our Heavenly Father.

When Jesus spoke about this matter, it seemed that the Jewish leaders/teachers used that title, supposing that "the teacher formed the man" therefore giving them that right or authority. However, the Source of all life & Truth is from God & is God, so there can be no man that deserves such an honour. Yet as you correctly say, that Jesus' warning is not directed to our natural fathers, who can be called such because of our biological relationship to them.


Roy Garcia's comment on 2020-12-22 10:16:30:


Referring to spiritual father not carnal.


Anthony's comment on 2015-05-30 06:55:56:

In response to the comments regarding Scripture reference "call no man Father... " - most of which are disparaging remarks directed at Catholics who address their Pastors as "Father "! Who among you have not referred to your own biological male parent as being "your father ". So what does Lord Jesus have reference to in this passage? I would suggest that we need to look at the overall context in which our Lord makes the statement. Peace be with you!


charles's comment on 2015-01-21 22:14:18:

what it means by call no man your father on earth is that those who put their trust in their pastors or religious leader calling them their spiritual fathers is what Jehovah hates. making a man your father whom you consult instead of speaking to God our heavenly father through.


Nkosinathi Ngulube's comment on 2014-05-24 20:47:51:

Servants are not greater than their master, And humbleness is thus required when a servant rises to the closer ranks of the master.


mike's comment on 2014-03-27 16:20:40:

what about the commandment HONOR THY FATHER MOTHER. how do all you Evangelicals explain that ? dont say that was the OT because Jesus said obey the commandments


Brianna's comment on 2014-01-16 15:37:37:

Crystal Clear. Important to note though, that this is Father, in a religious context. The word father was applied many times in the Bible to someone's fleshly relative.

It is so strange that this is blatantly expressed in the Bible yet certain churches just outright IGNORE this command.


Roger's comment on 2013-09-02 16:40:44:

Tradition is wrong a lot of times especially concerning acknowledging my dad as Father. I realize the truth and make a change immediately in regard to my dad and my son.


Trudy's comment on 2013-06-15 11:25:50:

I believe the word is truth. In Matthew 23:9. We are to show our obedience to our Father as He is our only Father. On earth its our Dad or Daddy. To give our dad the nameof Father would to me dishonor The Heavenly Father. We would be giving our dad on earth more honor then we are surpose to. I don't remember calling my dad Father it never felt right.


PEGGY's comment on 2013-06-06 13:48:05:

I feel we have really gotten too far from the Bible in turn, not reading it so we don't take it as God's law. we see somethings as little nothings, and it is a shame because there is nothing little about a command from God. we want his glory.


Wendie's comment on 2013-02-07 06:33:09:

I find really fascinating that people prefer traditions over scripture. The Bible is always clear on its teachings and yet, because of traditions long held by 'ancestors', people are quite happy to ignore the teachings of the Bible and go on believing that they are worshipers of God. How can you worship God if you ignore what he says and obey men? Call me crazy, but I think that would make you a worshiper of men. Really fascinating....


emmanuel's comment on 2013-02-06 12:11:44:

Very strong especially the Catholic church to consider!


brownavon7's comment on 2012-12-26 13:18:03:

Very strong especially against the Catholic church!!! Will Father God forgive them?


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