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55他不是木匠的儿子吗?他母亲不是马利亚,他弟弟不是雅各、约瑟、西门和犹大吗?
55Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
55 Verse 55. Is not this the carpenter's son?] Seven copies of the

old Itala have, Is not this the son of JOSEPH the carpenter? But

it is likely our Lord, during the thirty years of his abode at

Nazareth, wrought at the same trade with Joseph; and perhaps this

is what is intended, Lu 2:51.

He went down with them (his parents) to Nazareth, and was SUBJECT

unto them. An honest trade is no discredit to any man. He who

spends his time in idleness is fit for any business in which the

devil chooses to employ him.



Is not his mother-Mary, and his brethren, James, &c.] This

insulting question seems to intimate that our Lord's family was a

very obscure one; and that they were of small repute among their

neighbours, except for their piety.



It is possible that brethren and sisters may mean here near

relations, as the words are used among the Hebrews in this

latitude of meaning; but I confess it does not appear to me

likely. Why should the children of another family be brought in

here to share a reproach which it is evident was designed for

Joseph the carpenter, Mary his wife, Jesus their son, and

their other children? Prejudice apart, would not any person of

plain common sense suppose, from this account, that these were the

children of Joseph and Mary, and the brothers and sisters of our

Lord, according to the flesh? It seems odd that this should be

doubted; but, through an unaccountable prejudice, Papists and

Protestants are determined to maintain as a doctrine, that on

which the Scriptures are totally silent, viz. the perpetual

virginity of the mother of our Lord. See Mt 1:25.