Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentJohn 7:5
- For even his brethren did not believe on him (oude gar oi adelpoi autou episteuon eiv auton).
- Literally, "For not even were his brothers believing on him." Imperfect tense of pisteuw with sad picture of the persistent refusal of the brothers of Jesus to believe in his Messianic assumptions, after the two rejections in Capernaum (Luke 4:16-31; Mark 6:1-6; Matthew 13:54-58), and also after the blasphemous accusation of being in league with Beelzebub when the mother and brothers came to take Jesus home (Mark 3:31-35; Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21). The brothers here are sarcastic.