Brotherly relationships are well described in the Bible, with lots of insight on handling various interactions and disagreements and why unity must be a focal point. Sibling relationships aren’t without their ups and downs, as evidenced by the stories of Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brothers, to name a few.

Bible verses about brothers.
Two brothers in a photoshoot.

The Bible demonstrates how brothers can grow beyond their differences or missteps and move toward harmony. The Bible also emphasizes our shared duty to love and treat each other as we would our brothers and sisters by showing kindness, compassion, and empathy to everyone we interact with, not only those we relate to by blood.

Bible Verses About Brothers

Genesis 45:24

“Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, ‘Do not quarrel on the way.'”

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Leviticus 19:17

“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.”

Deuteronomy 1:16

“And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him.'”

Deuteronomy 15:7

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother.”

Deuteronomy 22:1

“You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them. You shall take them back to your brother.”

Deuteronomy 23:19

“You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest.”

2 Samuel 1:26

“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women.”

Bible verses about brothers.
Bible verse from the book of Deuteronomy 23:19.

Proverbs 17:17

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

Proverbs 18:19

“A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.”

Proverbs 27:10

“Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.”

Ecclesiastes 4:10

“For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”

Isaiah 66:20

“And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the Lord.”

Matthew 5:24

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

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Matthew 18:15

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.”

Matthew 18:21

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?'”

Mark 3:35

“For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

Luke 6:41

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

Luke 15:32

“It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.”

Romans 12:10

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Romans 14:10

“Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.”

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1 Corinthians 1:10

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”

Bible verses about brothers.
Bible verse from the book of Proverb 17:17.

1 Corinthians 5:11

“But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”

Galatians 6:1

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

Ephesians 4:32

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Colossians 3:13

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

1 Thessalonians 4:9

“Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.”

Hebrews 2:11

“For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

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Hebrews 3:12

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.”

Hebrews 13:1

“Let brotherly love continue.”

1 Peter 1:22

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”

Bible verses about brothers.
Bible verse from the book of Deuteronomy 22:1.

1 Peter 2:17

“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”

1 Peter 3:8

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

2 Peter 1:7

“And godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”

1 John 2:9

“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”

1 John 3:14

“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.”

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1 John 4:20

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

Bible verses about brothers.
Bible verse from the book of Leviticus 19:17.


The Bible contains many lessons, parables, and Bible verses about brothers. Sibling relationships in the Bible, frequently marked by failure and triumph, accurately represent the hurdles of navigating family dynamics while underlining the need for forgiveness and unity in sibling relationships.