Matthew 12:46
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New International Version
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.

New Living Translation
As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.

English Standard Version
While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.

New American Standard Bible
While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him.

King James Bible
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was still speaking to the crowds when suddenly His mother and brothers were standing outside wanting to speak to Him.

International Standard Version
While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.

NET Bible
While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers came and stood outside, asking to speak to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But while he was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers came standing outside and desired to speak with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While Jesus was still talking to the crowds, his mother and brothers were standing outside. They wanted to talk to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak with him.

King James 2000 Bible
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with him.

American King James Version
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak with him.

American Standard Version
While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.

Darby Bible Translation
But while he was yet speaking to the crowds, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.

English Revised Version
While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.

Webster's Bible Translation
While he was yet speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

Weymouth New Testament
While He was still addressing the people His mother and His brothers were standing on the edge of the crowd desiring to speak to Him.

World English Bible
While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to him.

Young's Literal Translation
And while he was yet speaking to the multitudes, lo, his mother and brethren had stood without, seeking to speak to him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:46-50 Christ's preaching was plain, easy, and familiar, and suited to his hearers. His mother and brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him, when they should have been standing within, desiring to hear him. Frequently, those who are nearest to the means of knowledge and grace are most negligent. We are apt to neglect that which we think we may have any day, forgetting that to-morrow is not ours. We often meet with hinderances in our work from friends about us, and are taken off by care for the things of this life, from the concerns of our souls. Christ was so intent on his work, that no natural or other duty took him from it. Not that, under pretence of religion, we may be disrespectful to parents, or unkind to relations; but the lesser duty must stand by, while the greater is done. Let us cease from men, and cleave to Christ; let us look upon every Christian, in whatever condition of life, as the brother, sister, or mother of the Lord of glory; let us love, respect, and be kind to them, for his sake, and after his example.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 46-50 -

(2) The opposition that our Lord met with from his relations. He shows that not natural but spiritual relationship is all-important. Parallel passages: Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21. The section belonged originally to the Framework. Verse 46. - While he yet talked; while he was yet speaking (Revised Version); i.e. on the occasion which formed the basis of the preceding discourse (vers. 22-45). To the people; to the multitudes (Revised Version). Behold, his mother and his brethren (Matthew 13:55) stood without (so that he was in a house), desiring (seeking, Revised Version, ζητοῦντες, they evidently made attempts) to speak with him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

While he yet talked to the people,.... Upon these subjects, which so nearly concerned the Scribes and Pharisees, and which could not fail of drawing upon him their resentment and ill will.

Behold his mother and his brethren: by "his mother" is meant Mary; but who are "his brethren", is not so easy to say: some are of opinion, that Joseph had children by Mary, who are here meant; but it is more generally believed, that these were either the sons of Joseph by a former wife, whose name is said to be Escha; or rather, Mary's sister's sons, the wife of Cleophas, the cousin-germans of Christ, it being usual with the Jews to call such kindred brethren; and so they might be James, Joses, Simon, and Judas: these

stood without: for Christ was within doors, not in a synagogue, as Piscator thought, but in an house; see Matthew 13:1 and his mother and brethren stood without doors, either because they could not get in for the throng of the people; or because they would not, it not being proper to make all within acquainted with what they had to say to him:

desiring to speak with him; not with a pure view to interrupt him in his work, or to divert him from it, lest he should overspend himself; nor from a principle of ambition and vain glory, to show that they were related to him, and that he was at their beck and command; but rather, to observe unto him the danger he exposed himself to, by the freedom he took with the Pharisees in his discourses, and probably to acquaint him with some conspiracies formed against him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

46. While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren—(See on [1285]Mt 13:55, 56).

stood without, desiring to speak with him—"and could not come at Him for the press" (Lu 8:19). For what purpose these came, we learn from Mr 3:20, 21. In His zeal and ardor He seemed indifferent both to food and repose, and "they went to lay hold of Him" as one "beside Himself." Mark (Mr 3:32) says graphically, "And the multitude sat about Him"—or "around Him."

Matthew 12:46 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Mother and Brothers
46While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47Someone said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You."…
Cross References
Matthew 1:18
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 12:47
Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."

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

Mark 6:3
Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.

Luke 1:43
But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luke 2:33
The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.

Luke 2:34
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,

Luke 2:48
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."

Luke 2:51
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

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

John 2:1
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there,

John 2:5
His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

John 2:12
After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

John 7:3
Jesus' brothers said to him, "Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do.

John 7:5
For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

John 7:10
However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

John 19:25
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

Acts 1:14
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

1 Corinthians 9:5
Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas?

Galatians 1:19
I saw none of the other apostles--only James, the Lord's brother.
Treasury of Scripture

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak with him.

yet.

Mark 2:21 No man also sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the …

Mark 3:31 There came then his brothers and his mother, and, standing without, …

Luke 8:10,19-21 And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom …

his.

Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and …

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, …

John 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his …

John 7:3,5,10 His brothers therefore said to him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, …

Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with …

1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other …

Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

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