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).

Gen 4:9

9Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?”

Gen 25:26

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.

Mark 1:16

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

2Sam 1:26

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.

1Kgs 9:13

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.

2Chr 29:34

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

Luke 8:21

21But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

1Cor 1:10

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

1Thess 1:4

4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you,

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