46 ¶ While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
46 Verse 46. 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, ; 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 .