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Matthew 23:5-10 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries[a] broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.[b] 10 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.


  1. 23.5 phylacteries: Little leather boxes containing, on a very small scroll, the principal words of the law; cf. Deut 6.4-9. Taking the command literally, they fastened these to their arms and their foreheads.
  2. 23.9 i.e., “Do not use the title without reference to God’s universal fatherhood.” He cannot mean that the title is never to be used by a son to his father.
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

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