New International Version
Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
King James Bible
Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren are standing without, seeking to speak to thee.
World English Bible
One said to him, "Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, seeking to speak to you."
Young's Literal Translation
and one said to him, 'Lo, thy mother and thy brethren do stand without, seeking to speak to thee.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
His mother and his brethren - These are supposed to have been the cousins of our Lord, as the word brother is frequently used among the Hebrews in this sense. But there are others who believe Mary had other children beside our Lord and that these were literally his brothers, who are spoken of here. And, although it be possible that these were the sons of Mary, the wife of Cleopas or Alpheus, his mother's sister, called his relations, Mark 3:31; yet it is as likely that they were the children of Joseph and Mary, and brethren of our Lord, in the strictest sense of the word. See on Matthew 13:55 (note).
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While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"
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