Again, I tell you that if two of you agree on earth to touch something they will ask for, it will be made for them from my father, who is in Heauen.- King James version (1611) – See 1611 Sweeping the Bible”Again, if two of you on earth can do something they can ask, it will be done for them by My Father , which is in the sky.- New standard American version (1995)I tell you again: If two of you will agree on earth, that they will touch everything they ask, it will happen to them of my Father, who is in heaven.- American Version Standard (1901) Again I tell you: that if two of you on earth agree on something they will ask – English Bible basic I tell you If two of you agree on the earth on something, let them always ask for it, it will come from my Father, who is in heaven.- Darby BibleAs I tell you, if two of you agree on the earth What they ask, it will be done for them by my Father, who is in heaven. – Webster`s Bible I solemnly tell you: if two of you here on earth agree on everything they ask for, the blessing of my Father who is in heaven will come to them. – Weymouth Bible I will tell you that if two of you will agree on earth on everything they ask – Weymouth Bible I tell you with certainty that if two of you will agree on the earth on everything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.- that, if tweyne you on the erthe , of your cause, what your axisi of your, it scarf to the durr of my fadir, which is in the Bible of Vycliffe.Again I tell you that if two of you on earth on all they can ask are agree — it will be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. Youngs Literal Bible Thanks for your clear and precise explanation that makes sense. This passage has worried me for a long time, because it is often misinterpreted by many well-meaning Christians… If God promised to accept our requests (each fortuitous request) if two or more agree, why are so many of these requests not met? In this sense, Jesus said that the Father would give the request of two or more who come together and agree in the name of Christ. A deal on what? On the discipline of the redemptive brother. This is what this passage is all about, and yet so many Christians use it as if Jesus promised to answer their prayers when they are offered in certain situations. If you have read any of the other articles in this series, you know that we need to look at the context to see what is wrong with the number of people who use this verse. But before we do, can you see some problems with the idea that God will grant the request of those who gather and agree in prayer? First, Jesus said in his name “where two or three are gathered,” so how could this apply to attitudes of four or more? And why will two or three believers come together so that Jesus may be in their midst? Isn`t he already present in every believer? So even if a Christian prays, isn`t Jesus already there? 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, or “in my name.” I am in their midst, so full of sublime encouragement to Christian union in action and prayer – first observes the bond in which it finds itself.
Our Lord had spoken of ecclesial assemblies before which the obstinate perversity of a brother was to be brought to the final instance and whose decision had to be final – it is the honour that the Lord of the Church has established at his legitimate assemblies. But it is not these assemblies that he has only on the face and honour. For even two who unite to bring him anything will discover that they are not alone, because my Father is with them, says Jesus.