The use of "brothers" in the New Testament
Edited by John Robin, 2006.05.01
Facts:    
The Greek word "adelphos" and its feminine form "adelphe" appear over 300 times in the New Testament. 
In the King James Version they are usually translated "brother", "brethren", "sister", or "sisters".
Definition of "adelphos", according to the NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon:
1. a brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother
2. having the same national ancestor, belonging to the same people, or countryman
3. any fellow or man
4. a fellow believer, united to another by the bond of affection
5. an associate in employment or office
6. brethren in Christ
   a. his brothers by blood
   b. all men
   c. apostles
   d. Christians, as those who are exalted to the same heavenly place
Question:    
When Scripture says "brother", does it always mean an actual family sibling?
Summary of evidence: count per cent  
Cases where "adelphos" clearly or probably refers to a family sibling: 41 12%
Cases where "adelphos" may or may not refer to a family sibling: 47 14%
Cases where "adelphos" can not or almost certainly does not refer to a family sibling: 256 74%
Total occurences of "adelphos" and "adelphe": 344 100%
Detailed scriptural evidence:  
  "When a New Testament passage says 'adelphos', does it imply an actual family sibling?" Yes Uncertain No
item citation verse probable or certain uncertain, nonspecific, or arguable improbable or impossible Note
1 Mt 1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: x
2 Mt 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; x
3 Mt 10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; x
4 Mt 10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. x
5 Mt 12:46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. x
6 Mt 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. x
7 Mt 12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? x
8 Mt 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! x
9 Mt 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. x
10 Mt 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? x
11 Mt 14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. x
12 Mt 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, x
13 Mt 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. x
14 Mt 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? x
15 Mt 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. x
16 Mt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. x
17 Mt 20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. x
18 Mt 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. x
19 Mt 22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: x
20 Mt 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. x
21 Mt 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. x
22 Mt 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. x
23 Mt 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. x
24 Mt 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. x
25 Mt 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. x
26 Mt 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; x
27 Mt 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. x
28 Mt 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? x
29 Mt 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? x
30 Mt 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? x
31 Mt 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. x
32 Mr 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. x
33 Mr 1:19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. x
34 Mr 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, x
35 Mr 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. x
36 Mr 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. x
37 Mr 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. x
38 Mr 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. x
39 Mr 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: x
40 Mr 3:31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. x
41 Mr 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. x
42 Mr 3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? x
43 Mr 3:34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! x
44 Mr 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. x
45 Mr 5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. x
46 Mr 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. x
47 Mr 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. x
48 Mr 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. x
49 Lu 12:13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. x
50 Lu 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. x
51 Lu 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. x
52 Lu 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. x
53 Lu 15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. x
54 Lu 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. x
55 Lu 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. x
56 Lu 18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, x
57 Lu 20:28 Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. x
58 Lu 20:29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children. x
59 Lu 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. x
60 Lu 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. x
61 Lu 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, x
62 Lu 3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, x
63 Lu 6:14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, x
64 Lu 6:41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? x
65 Lu 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. x
66 Lu 8:19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. x
67 Lu 8:20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. x
68 Lu 8:21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. x
69 Joh 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. x
70 Joh 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. x
71 Joh 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. x
72 Joh 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) x
73 Joh 11:21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. x
74 Joh 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. x
75 Joh 11:32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. x
76 Joh 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days. x
77 Joh 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. x
78 Joh 21:23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? x
79 Joh 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, x
80 Joh 7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. x
81 Joh 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. x
82 Joh 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. x
83 Ac 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. x
84 Ac 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (adelphos), and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) x That's a lot of brethren!
85 Ac 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. x
86 Ac 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. x
87 Ac 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? x
88 Ac 3:17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. x
89 Ac 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. x
90 Ac 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. x
91 Ac 7:2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, x
92 Ac 7:13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. x
93 Ac 7:23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. x
94 Ac 7:25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. x
95 Ac 7:26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? x
96 Ac 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. x
97 Ac 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. x
98 Ac 9:30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. x
99 Ac 10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. x
100 Ac 11:1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. x
101 Ac 11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house: x
102 Ac 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: x
103 Ac 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. x
104 Ac 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. x
105 Ac 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. x
106 Ac 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. x
107 Ac 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: x
108 Ac 14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. x
109 Ac 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. x
110 Ac 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. x
111 Ac 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. x
112 Ac 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: x
113 Ac 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: x
114 Ac 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: x
115 Ac 15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them. x
116 Ac 15:33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles. x
117 Ac 15:36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. x
118 Ac 15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. x
119 Ac 16:2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. x
120 Ac 16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed. x
121 Ac 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; x
122 Ac 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. x
123 Ac 17:14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still. x
124 Ac 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. x
125 Ac 18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: x
126 Ac 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. x
127 Ac 21:7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. x
128 Ac 21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. x
129 Ac 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: x
130 Ac 22:1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. x
131 Ac 22:5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. x
132 Ac 22:13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. x
133 Ac 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. x
134 Ac 23:5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. x
135 Ac 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. x
136 Ac 28:14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. x
137 Ac 28:15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. x
138 Ac 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. x
139 Ac 28:21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. x
140 Ro 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. x
141 Ro 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? x
142 Ro 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. x
143 Ro 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. x
144 Ro 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. x
145 Ro 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: x
146 Ro 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. x
147 Ro 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. x
148 Ro 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. x
149 Ro 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. x
150 Ro 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. x
151 Ro 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. x
152 Ro 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. x
153 Ro 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. x
154 Ro 15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, x
155 Ro 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; x
156 Ro 16:14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them. x
157 Ro 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. x
158 Ro 16:23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. x
159 1Co 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, x
160 1Co 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. x
161 1Co 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. x
162 1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: x
163 1Co 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. x
164 1Co 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. x
165 1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. x
166 1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. x
167 1Co 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? x
168 1Co 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. x
169 1Co 6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. x
170 1Co 7:12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. x
171 1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. x
172 1Co 7:24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. x
173 1Co 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; x
174 1Co 8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? x
175 1Co 8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. x
176 1Co 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. x
177 1Co 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? x
178 1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; x
179 1Co 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. x
180 1Co 11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. x
181 1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. x
182 1Co 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? x
183 1Co 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. x
184 1Co 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. x
185 1Co 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. x
186 1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; x
187 1Co 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. x
188 1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. x
189 1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. x
190 1Co 16:11 Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren. x
191 1Co 16:12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time. x
192 1Co 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) x
193 1Co 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss. x
194 2Co 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: x
195 2Co 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: x
196 2Co 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. x
197 2Co 8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; x
198 2Co 8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; x
199 2Co 8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. x
200 2Co 8:23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. x
201 2Co 9:3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: x
202 2Co 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. x
203 2Co 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. x
204 2Co 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps? x
205 2Co 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. x
206 Ga 1:2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: x
207 Ga 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. x
208 Ga 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. x
209 Ga 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. x
210 Ga 4:12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. x
211 Ga 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. x
212 Ga 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. x
213 Ga 5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. x
214 Ga 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. x
215 Ga 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. x
216 Ga 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. x
217 Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. x
218 Eph 6:21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: x
219 Eph 6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. x
220 Php 1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; x
221 Php 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. x
222 Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. x
223 Php 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. x
224 Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, x
225 Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. x
226 Php 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. x
227 Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. x
228 Php 4:21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. x
229 Col 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, x
230 Col 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. x
231 Col 4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: x
232 Col 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. x
233 Col 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. x
234 1Th 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. x
235 1Th 2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: x
236 1Th 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. x
237 1Th 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: x
238 1Th 2:17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. x
239 1Th 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: x
240 1Th 3:7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: x
241 1Th 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. x
242 1Th 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. x
243 1Th 4:10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; x
244 1Th 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. x
245 1Th 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. x
246 1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. x
247 1Th 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; x
248 1Th 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. x
249 1Th 5:25 Brethren, pray for us. x
250 1Th 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. x
251 1Th 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. x
252 2Th 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; x
253 2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, x
254 2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: x
255 2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. x
256 2Th 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: x
257 2Th 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. x
258 2Th 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. x
259 2Th 3:15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. x
260 1Ti 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. x
261 1Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; x
262 1Ti 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. x
263 2Ti 4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. x
264 Phm 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer, x
265 Phm 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. x
266 Phm 1:16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? x
267 Phm 1:20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord. x
268 Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, x
269 Heb 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. x
270 Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. x
271 Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; x
272 Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. x
273 Heb 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: x
274 Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. x
275 Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, x
276 Heb 13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. x
277 Heb 13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. x
278 Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; x
279 Jas 1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: x
280 Jas 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. x
281 Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: x
282 Jas 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. x
283 Jas 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? x
284 Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? x
285 Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, x
286 Jas 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. x
287 Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. x
288 Jas 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. x
289 Jas 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. x
290 Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. x
291 Jas 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. x
292 Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. x
293 Jas 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. x
294 Jas 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; x
295 1Pe 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. x
296 2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: x
297 2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; x
298 1Jo 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. x
299 1Jo 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. x
300 1Jo 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. x
301 1Jo 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. x
302 1Jo 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. x
303 1Jo 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. x
304 1Jo 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. x
305 1Jo 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. x
306 1Jo 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. x
307 1Jo 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. x
308 1Jo 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? x
309 1Jo 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? x
310 1Jo 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. x
311 1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. x
312 3Jo 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. x
313 3Jo 1:5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; x
314 3Jo 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. x
315 Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: x not "the brother of Jesus"?
316 Re 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. x
317 Re 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. x
318 Re 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. x
319 Re 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. x
320 Re 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. x
321 Mt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sister s, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. x
322 Mt 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? x
323 Mr 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, x
324 Lu 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. x
325 Ac 23:16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. x
326 Joh 11:28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. x
327 Mr 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. x
328 1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. x
329 Lu 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. x
330 Mr 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. x
331 Mt 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. x
332 1Co 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? x
333 Ro 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: x
334 Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, x
335 Lu 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. x
336 Mr 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sister s here with us? And they were offended at him. x
337 Joh 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. x
338 Joh 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. x
339 Joh 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. x
340 Joh 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. x
341 Ro 16:15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. x
342 2Jo 1:13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen. x
343 1Ti 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. x
344 Joh 11:3 Therefore his sisters, sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. x