John 20:24
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New International Version
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.

New Living Translation
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came.

English Standard Version
Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.

New American Standard Bible
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

King James Bible
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But one of the Twelve, Thomas (called "Twin"), was not with them when Jesus came.

International Standard Version
Thomas, one of the Twelve (called the Twin), wasn't with them when Jesus came.

NET Bible
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Thoma, one of the twelve, who is called The Twin, he was not there when Yeshua had come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, who was called Didymus, wasn't with them when Jesus came.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

King James 2000 Bible
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

American King James Version
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

American Standard Version
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

Darby Bible Translation
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

English Revised Version
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

Weymouth New Testament
Thomas, one of the twelve--surnamed 'the Twin' --was not among them when Jesus came.

World English Bible
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, wasn't with them when Jesus came.

Young's Literal Translation
And Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:19-25 This was the first day of the week, and this day is afterwards often mentioned by the sacred writers; for it was evidently set apart as the Christian sabbath, in remembrance of Christ's resurrection. The disciples had shut the doors for fear of the Jews; and when they had no such expectation, Jesus himself came and stood in the midst of them, having miraculously, though silently, opened the doors. It is a comfort to Christ's disciples, when their assemblies can only be held in private, that no doors can shut out Christ's presence. When He manifests his love to believers by the comforts of his Spirit, he assures them that because he lives, they shall live also. A sight of Christ will gladden the heart of a disciple at any time; and the more we see of Jesus, the more we shall rejoice. He said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost, thus showing that their spiritual life, as well as all their ability for their work, would be derived from him, and depended upon him. Every word of Christ which is received in the heart by faith, comes accompanied by this Divine breathing; and without this there is neither light nor life. Nothing is seen, known, discerned, or felt of God, but through this. After this, Christ directed the apostles to declare the only method by which sin would be forgiven. This power did not exist at all in the apostles as a power to give judgment, but only as a power to declare the character of those whom God would accept or reject in the day of judgment. They have clearly laid down the marks whereby a child of God may be discerned and be distinguished from a false professor; and according to what they have declared shall every case be decided in the day of judgment. When we assemble in Christ's name, especially on his holy day, he will meet with us, and speak peace to us. The disciples of Christ should endeavour to build up one another in their most holy faith, both by repeating what they have heard to those that were absent, and by making known what they have experienced. Thomas limited the Holy One of Israel, when he would be convinced by his own method or not at all. He might justly have been left in his unbelief, after rejecting such abundant proofs. The fears and sorrows of the disciples are often lengthened, to punish their negligence.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 24-29. -

(5) The manifestation made to anxious skepticism, with the blessing on those who have not seen and yet have believed. Verse 24. - This revelation was of supreme importance, and is the climax of the entire Gospel. It is peculiar to John's narrative, and throws light upon the very construction of the Gospel. It reveals the characteristics of honest doubt, and indicates the abundance of the evidence which was offered to specific classes and conditions of mind to help them believe that the Lord had risen. The confession drawn from the heart of this apostle is not only valuable in itself, but it reflects a new luster on the previous manifestation. Moreover, it is cumulative in its argumentative force. The most skeptical is the most enthusiastic of the twelve. But Thomas, one of the twelve (a term of designation for the first group of the apostles, and one which was not renounced, although two of them were absent. The number "twelve" had a symbolic and historic value from its relation to the twelve tribes, and we find (Acts 1.) that the eleven were anxious to fill up the vacant place left by Judas), called Didymus (Greek for "twin," repeated here from John 11:16, not simply to imply that Thomas was best known by his Greek name, but that there was a blending in him of intense love and a fear which had torment, a great ambition and yet exposure to moods of despondency, a desire to treat the whole manifestation of Christ as complete, to believe that the words of the Lord were all sublimely true, - coupled with a ghastly doubt that all was a delusion, a faculty of constructive faith and speculation, of transcendental intuition side by side with an intense desire for sensible manifestation, a greater belief in the Master than in the disciples, but no unwillingness to accept that which was sufficiently established). Thomas was not with them when Jesus came. We can never know why he was absent. He was given to moody fear, and shrank into solitude; and doubtless in many ways and words, as well as those recorded, had implied the wreck of his hopes. Separated from the fellowship of kindred spirits, he augmented his gloom; he was fast tending to unbelief. The state of his mind throughout the Passover week may have been one reason why the apostles delayed their return to Galilee. They may have come frequently to him with their sublime announcement, not once nor twice only.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus,.... The person here spoken of, is described by his Hebrew name Thomas, and his Greek one Didymus, which both signify a twin; and perhaps he was one. It was common with the Jews to have two names, a Jewish and a Gentile one; by the one they went in the land of Israel, and by the other when without the land (q); nay, they often went by one name in Judea, and by another in Galilee (r); where Thomas might go by the name of Didymus with the Greeks, that might live with the Jews in some of those parts: he is also said to be "one of the twelve" apostles, which was their number at first, though Judas now was gone off from them, and therefore are sometimes only called the "eleven"; but this having been their complement, it is still retained; but what is observed of him to his disadvantage and discredit is, that he

was not with them when Jesus came: Beza's ancient copy reads, "he was not there with them"; and so read the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions; he either had not returned to the rest after their scattering one from another upon the apprehending of Christ; or did not choose to assemble with the rest, for fear of the Jews; or was taken up with some business and affair of life; however, he was not with the rest of the disciples, when they were assembled together, and Jesus appeared among them: as it is of good consequence to attend the assemblies of Christ's disciples and followers, so it is of bad consequence to neglect or forsake them: it is frequently to good purpose that persons attend them; here God comes and blesses his people, Jesus grants his presence, the graces of the Spirit are increased, and drawn forth into exercise; souls that have lost sight of Christ find him, disconsolate ones are comforted, weak ones strengthened, and hungry ones fed: on the other hand, not to attend is of bad consequence; neglect of assembling together exposes to many snares and temptations; brings on a spiritual leanness; leads to an indifference and lukewarmness: issues in a low degree of grace, and a non-exercise of it, and in a loss of Christ's presence.

(q) T. Hieros. Gittin, fol. 43. 2.((r) T. Hieros. Gittin, fol. 45. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Joh 20:24-29. Jesus Again Appears to the Assembled Disciples.

24, 25. But Thomas—(See on [1920]Joh 11:16).

was not with them when Jesus came—why, we know not, though we are loath to think (with Stier, Alford and Luthardt) it was intentional, from sullen despondency. The fact merely is here stated, as a loving apology for his slowness of belief.

John 20:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples were saying to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."…
Cross References
Matthew 10:3
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;

John 6:67
"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.

John 6:70
Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"

John 6:71
(He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

John 11:16
Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
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But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

Thomas.

John 11:16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, to his fellow disciples, …

John 14:5 Thomas said to him, Lord, we know not where you go; and how can we know the way?

John 21:2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael …

Matthew 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James …

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John 6:66,67 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him…

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am …

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