“And Jacob said to his brothers: ‘Gather stones’.”
~ Genesis 31:46

It’s disrespectful to instruct those who aren’t obligated or obliged to obey. So when Jacob gives this command, we know he’s speaking to his sons.

Yet the verse refers to them as his brothers – why?

A brother is born from the same parents or from the same problem. When someone supports you in a time of need, they’re being a brother in the true sense.

You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your role in all your relationships.