Matthew 18:20
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New International Version
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

New Living Translation
For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them."

English Standard Version
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Berean Study Bible
For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them."

Berean Literal Bible
For where two or three are gathered together unto My name, there am I in their midst."

New American Standard Bible
"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."

King James Bible
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them."

International Standard Version
because where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them."

NET Bible
For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them."

New Heart English Bible
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For where two or three are assembled in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them."

New American Standard 1977
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

King James 2000 Bible
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

American King James Version
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them.

American Standard Version
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Darby Bible Translation
For where two or three are gathered together unto my name, there am I in the midst of them.

English Revised Version
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For where two or three are assembled in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Weymouth New Testament
For where there are two or three assembled in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

World English Bible
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them."

Young's Literal Translation
for where there are two or three gathered together -- to my name, there am I in the midst of them.'
Study Bible
A Brother who Sins
19Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. 20For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” 21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?”…
Cross References
Matthew 28:20
and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 18:21
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Treasury of Scripture

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them.

two.

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

John 20:19,26 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week…

1 Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, …

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, to the church of the Thessalonians …

Philemon 1:2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and …

there.

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

Exodus 20:24 An altar of earth you shall make to me, and shall sacrifice thereon …

Zechariah 2:5 For I, said the LORD, will be to her a wall of fire round about, …

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Revelation 1:11-13 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you …

Revelation 2:1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he …

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle …

(20) Where two or three . . .--The true meaning of the words is well embodied in the well-known patristic axiom, Ubi tres, ibi Ecclesia ("Where three are there is a church"). The strength of the Christian society was not to be measured by a numerical standard, but by its fulfilment of the true conditions of its life. The presence of Christ was as true and mighty, His communion with His Church as real, when His followers were but as a remnant, as when they were gathered in the great congregation. He would be with the "two or three" (there is, perhaps, a special reference to the self-same words in Matthew 18:16), to plead for them as the great High Priest, to impart Himself to them, to ratify their decisions.

Verse 20. - The promise is applied to the public prayer of the congregation, as we see in what is called "the prayer of St. Chrysostom" in the English Prayer book. Are gathered together. For the purpose of worship. It is a simpler form of the word used in Hebrews 10:25, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together." In my Name (εἰς τὸ ἐμὸν ὄνομα); literally, into my Name; i.e. with love to me, yearning for union with me, and acting for my glory. This would imply decent and orderly meeting for the highest ends. There am I in the midst of them. Christ promises a real, actual presence, though invisible, as true as when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, as true as when the Shechinah shone in tabernacle or temple. The rabbis had a saying that if two sat at table and conversed about the Law of God, the Shechinah rested upon them. The promise in the text, of course, implies Christ's omnipresence and omniscience. This is his blessing on united, congregational prayer. For where two or three are gathered together,.... This seems to be said in opposition to a Jewish notion, that a number less than ten, is not a congregation (a); whereas, though the number is ever so few that are met together to pray to God; or to hear his word, attend on his ordinances, or do the business of his house, or transact any affair that is for the glory of God, and the good of souls, in my name, says Christ; that is, by his authority, depending on his assistance, calling upon his name, and making use of it, and seeking the glory of it:

there am I in the midst of them; presiding over them, ruling in their hearts, directing their counsels, assisting them in all they are concerned, confirming what they do, and giving a blessing and success to all they are engaged in. The Jews, though they say there is no congregation less than ten, yet own that the divine presence may be with a lesser number, even as small an one as here mentioned (b).

"Ten that sit and study in the law, the Shechaniah dwells among them, as it is said, Psalm 82:1. From whence does this appear, if but five? from Amos 9:6, from whence, if but three? from Psalm 82:1, from whence, if but two? from Malachi 3:16, from whence, if but one? from Exodus 20:24.''

And again (c),

"two that sit together, and the words of the law are between them, the Shechaniah dwells among them, according to Malachi 3:16, from whence does it appear, that if but one sits and studies in the law, the holy blessed God hath fixed a reward for him? from Lamentations 3:28.''

(a) Misn. Sanhedrim, c. 1. sect. 6. T. Bab. Megilia, fol. 23. 2. Gloss. in ib. (b) Pirke Abot, c. 3. sect. 6. (c) Ib. sect. 2.20. For where two or three are gathered together in my name—or "unto my name."

there am I in the midst of them—On this passage—so full of sublime encouragement to Christian union in action and prayer—observe, first, the connection in which it stands. Our Lord had been speaking of church meetings before which the obstinate perversity of a brother was in the last resort to be brought, and whose decision was to be final—such honor does the Lord of the Church put upon its lawful assemblies. But not these assemblies only does He deign to countenance and honor. For even two uniting to bring any matter before Him shall find that they are not alone, for My Father is with them, says Jesus. Next, observe the premium here put upon union in prayer. As this cannot exist with fewer than two, so by letting it down so low as that number, He gives the utmost conceivable encouragement to union in this exercise. But what kind of union? Not an agreement merely to pray in concert, but to pray for some definite thing. "As touching anything which they shall ask," says our Lord—anything they shall agree to ask in concert. At the same time, it is plain He had certain things at that moment in His eye, as most fitting and needful subjects for such concerted prayer. The Twelve had been "falling out by the way" about the miserable question of precedence in their Master's kingdom, and this, as it stirred their corruptions, had given rise—or at least was in danger of giving rise—to "offenses" perilous to their souls. The Lord Himself had been directing them how to deal with one another about such matters. "But now shows He unto them a more excellent way." Let them bring all such matters—yea, and everything whatsoever by which either their own loving relationship to each other, or the good of His kingdom at large, might be affected—to their Father in heaven; and if they be but agreed in petitioning Him about that thing, it shall be done for them of His Father which is in heaven. But further, it is not merely union in prayer for the same thing—for that might be with very jarring ideas of the thing to be desired—but it is to symphonious prayer, the prayer by kindred spirits, members of one family, servants of one Lord, constrained by the same love, fighting under one banner, cheered by assurances of the same victory; a living and loving union, whose voice in the divine ear is as the sound of many waters. Accordingly, what they ask "on earth" is done for them, says Jesus, "of My Father which is in heaven." Not for nothing does He say, "of My Father"—not "YOUR Father"; as is evident from what follows: "For where two or three are gathered together unto My name"—the "My" is emphatic, "there am I in the midst of them." As His name would prove a spell to draw together many clusters of His dear disciples, so if there should be but two or three, that will attract Himself down into the midst of them; and related as He is to both the parties, the petitioners and the Petitioned—to the one on earth by the tie of His assumed flesh, and to the other in heaven by the tie of His eternal Spirit—their symphonious prayers on earth would thrill upward through Him to heaven, be carried by Him into the holiest of all, and so reach the Throne. Thus will He be the living Conductor of the prayer upward, and the answer downward.

Parable of the Unmerciful Debtor (Mt 18:21-35).18:15-20 If a professed Christian is wronged by another, he ought not to complain of it to others, as is often done merely upon report, but to go to the offender privately, state the matter kindly, and show him his conduct. This would generally have all the desired effect with a true Christian, and the parties would be reconciled. The principles of these rules may be practised every where, and under all circumstances, though they are too much neglected by all. But how few try the method which Christ has expressly enjoined to all his disciples! In all our proceedings we should seek direction in prayer; we cannot too highly prize the promises of God. Wherever and whenever we meet in the name of Christ, we should consider him as present in the midst of us.
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