'Brothers' in the Bible
All these were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.
During these days Peter stood up among the brothers-the number of people who were together was about 120-and said:
"Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David spoke in advance about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
"Brothers, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: "Brothers, what must we do?"
"And now, brothers, I know that you did it in ignorance, just as your leaders also did.
Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you.
"The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to everything he tells you. Any person who will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.'
Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we can appoint to this duty.
"Brothers and fathers," he said, "listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran,
"Joseph's brothers became jealous of him and sold Joseph as a slave in Egypt. However, God was with him
The second time, Joseph was revealed to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh.
"As he was approaching the age of 40, he decided to visit his brothers, the sons of Israel.
He assumed his brothers would understand that God would give them deliverance through him, but they did not understand.
The next day he showed up while they were fighting and tried to reconcile them peacefully, saying, 'Men, you are brothers. Why are you mistreating each other?'
"This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers.
When the brothers found out, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
Peter then invited them in and gave them lodging. The next day he got up and set out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him.
The apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles had welcomed God's message also.
Then the Spirit told me to go with them with no doubts at all. These six brothers accompanied me, and we went into the man's house.
So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea.
Motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he explained to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. "Report these things to James and the brothers," he said. Then he departed and went to a different place.
After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent [word] to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any message of encouragement for the people, you can speak."
"Brothers, sons of Abraham's race, and those among you who fear God, the message of this salvation has been sent to us.
Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you,
But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against the brothers.
Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved!"
And after Paul and Barnabas had had no little argument and discussion with them, the brothers made a decision to send Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them to the Apostles and the rulers of the church at Jerusalem about this question.
When they had been sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, explaining in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they created great joy among all the brothers.
After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them: "Brothers, you are aware that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the gospel message and believe.
After they stopped speaking, James responded: "Brothers, listen to me!
Then the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to select men from among them and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, both leading men among the brothers.
They wrote this letter to be delivered by them: From the apostles and the elders, your brothers, To the brothers from among the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.
Both Judas and Silas, who were also prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers and strengthened them with a long message.
After spending some time there, they were sent back in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them.
After some time had passed, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's go back and visit the brothers in every town where we have preached the message of the Lord, and see how they're doing."
Then Paul chose Silas and departed, after being commended to the grace of the Lord by the brothers.
The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him.
After leaving the jail, they came to Lydia's house where they saw and encouraged the brothers, and departed.
When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too,
As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea. On arrival, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
Then the brothers immediately sent Paul away to go to the sea, but Silas and Timothy stayed on there.
So Paul, having stayed on for many days, said good-bye to the brothers and sailed away to Syria. Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He shaved his head at Cenchreae, because he had taken a vow.
When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers wrote to the disciples urging them to welcome him. After he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace.
Now, brothers, I entrust you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
When we had torn ourselves away from those brothers, we sailed straight to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
When we completed our voyage from Tyre, we reached Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them one day.
When we reached Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly.
"Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you."
as both the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. Having received letters from them to the brothers, I was traveling to Damascus to bring those who were prisoners there to be punished in Jerusalem.
Paul looked intently at the Sanhedrin and said, "Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience until this day."
"I did not know, brothers," Paul said, "that it was the high priest. For it is written, You must not speak evil of a ruler of your people. "
When Paul realized that one part of them were Sadducees and the other part were Pharisees, he cried out in the Sanhedrin, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees! I am being judged because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead!"
After three months we set sail in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island, with the Twin Brothers as its figurehead.
There we found some brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. After this, we arrived in Rome.
The brothers there heard about us and came as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and felt encouraged.
After three days he called together the leaders of the Jews. And when they had gathered he said to them: "Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our forefathers, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans
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