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Luke 8:19 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Jesus’ True Family

19 Now Jesus’[a] mother and his brothers[b] came to him, but[c] they could not get near him because of the crowd.


  1. Luke 8:19 tn Grk “his”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. Luke 8:19 sn The issue of whether Jesus had brothers (siblings) has had a long history in the church. Epiphanius, in the 4th century, argued that Mary was a perpetual virgin and had no offspring other than Jesus. Others argued that these brothers were really cousins. Nothing in the text suggests any of this. See also John 7:3.
  3. Luke 8:19 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.
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Luke 8:19 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

19 Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.

New International Version (NIV)

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