Mark 3:17
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New International Version
James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means "sons of thunder"),

New Living Translation
James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them "Sons of Thunder"),

English Standard Version
James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);

New American Standard Bible
and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, "Sons of Thunder ");

King James Bible
And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and to James the son of Zebedee, and to his brother John, He gave the name "Boanerges" (that is, "Sons of Thunder");

International Standard Version
Zebedee's sons James and his brother John (whom he named Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder),

NET Bible
to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, he gave the name Boanerges (that is, "sons of thunder");

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to Yaqob, the son of Zebedee and to Yohannan the brother of Yaqob he assigned the name B'nay Regshay, which is B'nay Rama

GOD'S WORD® Translation
James and his brother John (Zebedee's sons whom Jesus named Boanerges, which means "Thunderbolts"),

Jubilee Bible 2000
and James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, whom he surnamed them Boanerges, which is The sons of thunder;

King James 2000 Bible
And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

American King James Version
And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

American Standard Version
and James the'son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and them he surnamed Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he named them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

Darby Bible Translation
and James the [son] of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, and he gave them the surname of Boanerges, that is, Sons of thunder;

English Revised Version
and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and them he surnamed Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder:

Webster's Bible Translation
And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, (and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder,)

Weymouth New Testament
James the son of Zabdi and John the brother of James (these two He surnamed Boanerges, that is 'Sons of Thunder')

World English Bible
James the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James, and he surnamed them Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder;

Young's Literal Translation
and James of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, and he put on them names -- Boanerges, that is, 'Sons of thunder;'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:13-21 Christ calls whom he will; for his grace is his own. He had called the apostles to separate themselves from the crowd, and they came unto him. He now gave them power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. May the Lord send forth more and more of those who have been with him, and have learned of him to preach his gospel, to be instruments in his blessed work. Those whose hearts are enlarged in the work of God, can easily bear with what is inconvenient to themselves, and will rather lose a meal than an opportunity of doing good. Those who go on with zeal in the work of God, must expect hinderances, both from the hatred of enemies, and mistaken affections of friends, and need to guard against both.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James,.... These are mentioned next, as being first called after Peter and Andrew:

and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, the sons of thunder: either because of their loud and sonorous voice; or their warm zeal for Christ, and fervency in their ministry: or for their courage in opposing the enemies of Christ, and the power that went along with their words; which either put to confusion and silence, or issued in conviction and conversion. The Syriac version reads, "Benai Regesh", and the Persic, "Beni Reg'sch". The Jews, as our learned countryman Mr. Broughton has observed (w), sometimes pronounce "Scheva" by on, as Noabyim", for "Nebyim"; so here, "Boanerges" for Benereges", or "Benerges". There is a city which was in the tribe of Dan, mentioned in Joshua 19:45, which is called "Bene-berak, the sons of lightning"; and is spoken of in the Jewish (x) writings, as a place where several of the Rabbins met, and conversed together: the reason of this name may be inquired after.

(w) Broughton's Requ. of Consent, in his Works, p. 620. (x) Haggada Shel Pesach. p. 6. Ed. Rittangel. & in Seder Tephillot, Ed. Basil, fol. 243. 1. Juchasin, fol. 36. 1.



Mark 3:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Twelve Apostles
16And He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter), 17and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, "Sons of Thunder "); 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot;…
Cross References
Matthew 4:21
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,

Mark 3:16
These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter),

Mark 3:18
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot

Luke 9:54
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"
Treasury of Scripture

And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

James.

Mark 1:19,20 And when he had gone a little farther there, he saw James the son …

Mark 5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and …

Mark 9:2 And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, …

Mark 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to him, saying, Master, …

Mark 14:33 And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore …

John 21:2,20-25 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael …

Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex …

he surnamed.

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show …

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

Revelation 10:11 And he said to me, You must prophesy again before many peoples, and …

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