Blood relatives, especially one’s siblings; also used of one’s close male associates. Cain and Abel are blood brothers (Gen 4:9
), as are Jacob and Esau (Gen 25:26
) and Simon and Andrew (Mark 1:16
). “Brother” also embraces clans, compatriots, and allies. David calls Jonathan his “brother” (2Sam 1:26
). Allied kings (Solomon and Hiram of Tyre) are “brothers” (1Kgs 9:13
). Israelite priests constitute a brotherhood (2Chr 29:34
). “Brothers” is also used to express the spiritual relationship of co-religionists. Jesus calls brothers those “who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21
). Paul regularly speaks of his co-religionists as “brothers” (1Cor 1:10
; 1Thess 1:4
9Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?”
26Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fisherm ... View more
26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
greatly beloved were you to me;
your love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
13Therefore he said, “What kind of cities are these that you have given me, my brother?” So they are called the land of Cabul to this day.
34But the priests were too few and could not skin all the burnt offerings, so, until other priests had sanctified themselves, their kindred, the Levites, helped ... View more
21But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
Divisions in the Church
10Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no ... View more
4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you,