Matthew 12:48
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New International Version
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"

New Living Translation
Jesus asked, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?"

English Standard Version
But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"

King James Bible
But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He replied to the one who told Him, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"

International Standard Version
He asked the man who told him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"

NET Bible
To the one who had said this, Jesus replied, "Who is my mother and who are my brothers?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he answered and said to him who told him, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He replied to the man speaking to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers?

King James 2000 Bible
But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers?

American King James Version
But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers?

American Standard Version
But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answering him that told him, said: Who is my mother, and who are my brethren?

Darby Bible Translation
But he answering said to him that spoke to him, Who is my mother, and who are my brethren?

English Revised Version
But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Webster's Bible Translation
But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Weymouth New Testament
"Who is my mother?" He said to the man; "and who are my brothers?"

World English Bible
But he answered him who spoke to him, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?"

Young's Literal Translation
And he answering said to him who spake to him, 'Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?'
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

Verse 48. - But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? Who are they who are such in the truest sense? - they for whom I must therefore primarily care?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he answered and said unto him that told him,.... Of his mother and brethren being without doors, desiring, and waiting to speak to him,

Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? These questions are put, not as if he himself was ignorant who were his mother or his brethren; or as suggesting as if he had none; or as denying that these were in such a relation to him; or as casting any slight upon them; or as intending to teach men disrespect to parents and kindred, according to the flesh; but as displeased with the man, or men, for interrupting him in his work; and to let them know, that the business of his heavenly Father was preferred by him to any his natural relations could have with him; and that he might have an opportunity of pointing out who were his relations in a spiritual sense.



Matthew 12:48 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Mother and Brothers
47Someone said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You." 48But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" 49And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, "Behold My mother and My brothers!…
Cross References
Matthew 12:47
Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."

Matthew 12:49
Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
Treasury of Scripture

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