53+ Bible Verses About Brothers

Shaun Connell.
Last updated
June 10, 2024

Throughout our lives, brothers hold a special place—whether they are siblings we grow up with or spiritual brothers we meet on our faith journey. Exploring the relationship and bond between brothers through the lens of scripture offers profound insights and guidance.

This collection combines 56 Bible verses and 7 Christian quotes, meticulously selected to enrich and enlighten your understanding of this sacred bond. Let these passages inspire you and deepen your appreciation of the brotherly connections in your life. We encourage you to continue reading to explore these meaningful themes in greater detail.

Brotherhood in Creation

"Then the LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'"

- Genesis 2:18

"And Adam said: 'This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.'"

- Genesis 2:23

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

- Genesis 1:27

"Then Cain spoke to Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him."

- Genesis 4:8

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."

- Genesis 2:24

"Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, 'I have acquired a man from the LORD.'"

- Genesis 4:1

"And the LORD said to Cain, 'Where is Abel your brother?' He said, 'I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?'"

- Genesis 4:9

Brotherhood and Conflict

"And Isaac said to them, 'Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?'"

- Genesis 26:27

"And Jacob said to Laban, 'Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.'"

- Genesis 29:21

"So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, 'The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.'"

- Genesis 27:41

"Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, 'Give me children, or else I die!'"

- Genesis 30:1

"Then Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come."

- 2 Samuel 14:29

"But Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very crafty man."

- 2 Samuel 13:3

"Then Absalom would say to him, 'Look, your matters are good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.'"

- 2 Samuel 15:3

Brotherhood and Reconciliation

"Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, 'Make everyone go out from me!' So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers."

- Genesis 45:1

"But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept."

- Genesis 33:4

"And Joseph said to his brothers, 'Please come near to me.' So they came near. 'I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt!'"

- Genesis 45:4

"Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.' And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them."

- Genesis 50:21

"Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck."

- Genesis 45:14

"Moreover, if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother."

- Matthew 18:15

"And Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?'"

- Matthew 18:21

Brotherhood in Service and Sacrifice

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends."

- John 15:13

"Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

- Galatians 6:2

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith."

- Galatians 6:10

"By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."

- 1 John 3:16

"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others."

- Philippians 2:4

"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works."

- Hebrews 10:24

"For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in."

- Matthew 25:35

Brotherhood and Unity

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

- Psalms 133:1

"Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

- Ephesians 4:3

"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous."

- 1 Peter 3:8

"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,"

- Ephesians 4:1

"For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ."

- 1 Corinthians 12:12

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

- Galatians 3:28

"And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection."

- Colossians 3:14

Brotherhood in Forgiveness

"Then Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?'"

- Matthew 18:21

"Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'"

- Matthew 18:22

"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."

- Mark 11:25

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."

- Ephesians 4:32

"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,"

- Matthew 5:23

"Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."

- Matthew 5:24

"So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."

- Matthew 18:35

Brotherhood in Faith

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,"

- Jude 1:20

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."

- Jude 1:21

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"

- Hebrews 10:24

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

- Hebrews 10:25

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."

- Proverbs 27:17

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:11

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

- Matthew 18:20

Brotherhood and Leadership

"He who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves."

- Luke 22:26

"But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.'"

- Matthew 20:25

"Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant."

- Matthew 20:26

"And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—"

- Matthew 20:27

"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

- Matthew 20:28

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,"

- Philippians 2:3

"Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

- Philippians 2:4

Christian Quotes About Brothers

"The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves."

- N. D. Wilson

"True brotherhood is a bond that involves not only mutual affection but mutual giving, forgiving, and striving towards the same goal."

- Timothy Keller

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

- John Donne

"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."

- Mattie Stepanek

"He ain't heavy, he's my brother."

- Horace Greeley

"Forgiveness is the final form of love."

- Reinhold Niebuhr

"Brotherly love is the bond of brotherhood; and the omission of brotherly love is the loosening of brotherhood."

- Thomas Brooks


The profound relationship of brotherhood, as depicted through scripture and Christian teachings, reveals a dynamic tapestry of love, conflict, service, and forgiveness. These themes guide our interactions with biological siblings and shape our spiritual connections with others in the faith.

As we reflect on these biblical insights and wise words from respected Christian leaders, we are reminded of the powerful impact that true brotherly love can have on our lives and communities.

To deepen your understanding and appreciation of brotherhood, consider these final verses:

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

- Proverbs 17:17

"Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king."

- 1 Peter 2:17

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

- Psalms 133:1

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Written By:

Shaun Connell

Shaun Connell is a passionate Christian businessman and investor who lives in Texas. Shaun is a Reformed Baptist who believes that the Word of God should be used in every area of life.

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