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The saying of Jesus concerning his true relatives is found in the New Testament gospels of Mark and Matthew.

In the Bible

From Mark 3:31-35:

There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing

without, sent unto him, calling him.  

And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him,

Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. 

And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my

brethren?  

And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and

said, Behold my mother and my brethren!  

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my

brother, and my sister, and mother. 

From Matthew 12:46–50:

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and

his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.  

Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren

stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 

But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my

mother? and who are my brethren?  

And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and

said, Behold my mother and my brethren!  

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in

heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. 

Apocryphal version

A re-organized version also appears in the Gospel of Thomas (Patterson-Meyer Translation):

99 The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and your mother are

standing outside." He said to them, "Those here who do what my
Father wants are my brothers and my mother. They are the ones who
will enter my Father's kingdom." 

100 They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "The Roman

emperor's people demand taxes from us." He said to them, "Give the
emperor what belongs to the emperor, give God what belongs to God,
and give me what is mine." 

101 "Whoever does not hate [father] and mother as I do cannot be

my [disciple], and whoever does [not] love [father and] mother as
I do cannot be my [disciple]. For my mother [...], but my true
[mother] gave me life." 

Verse 100 (Caesar's Coin) is similar to Mark 12:13-17 and Luke 20.22-26. Verse 101 (Love Jesus/God more than your family) is similar to Matthew 10:37 and Luke 14:26-33.

Jesus' True Relatives
Preceded by
Parable of the Strong Man
Parables of Jesus
New Testament
Events
Succeeded by
Parable of the Sower
Parables of Jesus


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