Luke 8:19
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New International Version
Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn't get to him because of the crowd.

English Standard Version
Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd.

New American Standard Bible
And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd.

King James Bible
Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then His mother and brothers came to Him, but they could not meet with Him because of the crowd.

International Standard Version
His mother and his brothers came to him, but they couldn't get near him because of the crowd.

NET Bible
Now Jesus' mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not get near him because of the crowd.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But his mother and his brothers came to him, and they were not able to speak with him, because of the crowd.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His mother and his brothers came to see him. But they couldn't meet with him because of the crowd.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then his mother and his brethren came to him and could not get to him for the crowd.

King James 2000 Bible
Then came to him his mother and his brothers, and could not reach him for the crowd.

American King James Version
Then came to him his mother and his brothers, and could not come at him for the press.

American Standard Version
And there came to him his mother and brethren, and they could not come at him for the crowd.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his mother and brethren came unto him; and they could not come at him for the crowd.

Darby Bible Translation
And his mother and his brethren came to him, and could not get to him because of the crowd.

English Revised Version
And there came to him his mother and brethren, and they could not come at him for the crowd.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come near to him for the crowd.

Weymouth New Testament
Then came to Him His mother and His brothers, but could not get near Him for the crowd.

World English Bible
His mother and brothers came to him, and they could not come near him for the crowd.

Young's Literal Translation
And there came unto him his mother and brethren, and they were not able to get to him because of the multitude,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:4-21 There are many very needful and excellent rules and cautions for hearing the word, in the parable of the sower, and the application of it. Happy are we, and for ever indebted to free grace, if the same thing that is a parable to others, with which they are only amused, is a plain truth to us, by which we are taught and governed. We ought to take heed of the things that will hinder our profiting by the word we hear; to take heed lest we hear carelessly and slightly, lest we entertain prejudices against the word we hear; and to take heed to our spirits after we have heard the word, lest we lose what we have gained. The gifts we have, will be continued to us or not, as we use them for the glory of God, and the good of our brethren. Nor is it enough not to hold the truth in unrighteousness; we should desire to hold forth the word of life, and to shine, giving light to all around. Great encouragement is given to those who prove themselves faithful hearers of the word, by being doers of the work. Christ owns them as his relations.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 19-21. - Interference of Christ's mother and his brethren. Verse 19. - Then came to him his mother and his brethren. St. Mark, in his third chapter, gives us the reasons which led to this scene. It had been bruited abroad that a species of frenzy had seized upon that strange Man who had been brought up in their midst, and who had lately aroused such enthusiasm in all the crowded lake-district of Galilee. It is difficult to estimate aright the feelings of his own family towards him; admiration and love seem to have struggled in their hearts with prejudice and jealousy - not in the case of Mary, but in the case of the so-called brothers. They seem ever to have been close to him during his public ministry, not among his "own," but still near him, watching him, and listening to him with a half-wondering, half-grudging admiration. But John tells us (John 7:5) that they did not believe in him. It needed the Resurrection to convert them. The crowd round the Master at this juncture was so great that they - his kinsmen - could not press through it to speak to him. They conveyed to him, however, a message. The Heart-reader knew well what were the motives which induced them to come to him just then; the brothers were so distrustful that they had suffered themselves to be carried away by the Pharisees' evil surmises, that Jesus was possessed by a devil. The mother, influenced by her earthly fears for her Son, was induced to accompany the brothers, no doubt hoping to induce him to withdraw himself from the scene of excitement, at all events for a season.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then came to him his mother and his brethren,.... It was when Christ was preaching in an house at Capernaum, that Mary his mother, and some of his near kinsmen with her, came from Nazareth to him: these brethren of his were relations according to the flesh, either by Joseph, or his mother's side: who they were, cannot be said with certainty: it may be they were Joses and Simon; for as for James and Judas, they were among the twelve apostles, and with him; and these are the four only persons that are mentioned by name, as his brethren, Matthew 13:55 though there were others that were so called, who did not believe in him, John 7:5

and could not come at him for the press; the multitude of people that were about him, who were so thick, that there was no coming near him, much less was there an opportunity of speaking privately, with him. The Syriac version renders it, "they could not speak unto him for the multitude".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Lu 8:19-21. His Mother and Brethren Desire to Speak with Him.

(See on [1600]Mt 12:46-50).

Luke 8:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Mother and Brothers
19And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20And it was reported to Him, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You."…
Cross References
Matthew 12:46
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.

Mark 3:31
Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him.

Luke 8:20
Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
Treasury of Scripture

Then came to him his mother and his brothers, and could not come at him for the press.

Matthew 12:46-50 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers …

Mark 3:21,31-35 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: …

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