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Revelation 2:11

    Revelation 2:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not come under the power of the second death.

    Webster's Revision

    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

    World English Bible

    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes won't be harmed by the second death.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

    Definitions for Revelation 2:11

    Ear - To work, till, or plough the ground.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 2:11

    He that overcometh - The conqueror who has stood firm in every trial, and vanquished all his adversaries.

    Shall not be hurt of the second death - That is, an eternal separation from God and the glory of his power; as what we commonly mean by final perdition. This is another rabbinical mode of speech in very frequent use, and by it they understand the punishment of hell in a future life.

    The Epistle to the Church at Pergamos

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 2:11

    He that hath an ear ... - See the notes on Revelation 2:7.

    He that overcometh - See the notes on Revelation 2:7. The particular promise here is made to him that should "overcome"; that is, that would gain the victory in the persecutions which were to come upon them. The reference is to him who would show the sustaining power of religion in times of persecution; who would not yield his principles when opposed and persecuted; who would be triumphant when so many efforts were made to induce him to apostatize and abandon the cause.

    Shall not be hurt of the second death - By a second death. That is, he will have nothing to fear in the future world. The punishment of hell is often called death, not in the sense that the soul will cease to exist, but:

    (a) because death is the most fearful thing of which we have any knowledge, and

    (b) because there is a striking similarity, in many respects, between death and future punishment.

    Death cuts off from life - and so the second death cuts off from eternal life; death puts an end to all our hopes here, and the second death to all our hopes forever; death is attended with terrors and alarms - the faint and feeble emblem of the terrors and alarms in the world of woe. The phrase, "the second death," is three times used elsewhere by John in this book Revelation 20:6, Revelation 20:14; Revelation 21:8, but does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament. The words "death" and "to die," however, are not infrequently used to denote the future punishment of the wicked.

    The promise here made would be all that was necessary to sustain them in their trials. Nothing more is requisite to make the burdens of life tolerable than an assurance that, when we reach the end of our earthly journey, we have arrived at the close of suffering, and that beyond the grave there is no power that can harm us. Religion, indeed, does not promise to its friends exemption from death in one form. To none of the race has such a promise ever been made, and to but two has the favor been granted to pass to heaven without tasting death. It could have been granted to all the redeemed, but there were good reasons why it should not be; that is, why it would be better that even they who are to dwell in heaven should return to the dust, and sleep in the tomb, than that they should be removed by perpetual miracle, translating them to heaven. Religion, therefore, does not come to us with any promise that we shall not die. But it comes with the assurance that we shall be sustained in the dying hour; that the Redeemer will accompany us through the dark valley; that death to us will be a calm and quiet slumber, in the hope of awakening in the morning of the resurrection; that we shall be raised up again with bodies incorruptible and undecaying; and that beyond the grave we shall never fear death in any form. What more is needful to enable us to bear with patience the trials of this life, and to look upon death when it does come, disarmed as it is of its sting 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, with calmness and peace?

    The Epistle to the Church at Pergamos

    The contents of the epistle Revelation 2:12-17 are as follows:

    (1) A reference, as is usual in these epistles, to some attribute of Him who addressed them, suited to inspire respect, and adapted to a state of things existing in the church, Revelation 2:12. That to which the Saviour here directs their attention is, that he has "the sharp sword with two edges" - implying Revelation 2:16 that he had the power of punishing.

    (2) a statement, in the usual form, that he was thoroughly acquainted with the state of the church; that he saw all their difficulties; all that there was to commend, and all that there was to reprove, Revelation 2:13.

    (3) a commendation to the church for its fidelity, especially in a time of severe persecution, when one of her faithful friends was slain, Revelation 2:13.

    (4) A reproof of the church for tolerating some who held false and pernicious doctrines - doctrines such as were taught by Balaam, and the doctrines of the Nicolaitanes, Revelation 2:14-15.

    (5) a solemn threat that, unless they repented, he would come against them, and inflict summary punishment on them, Revelation 2:16.

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    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 2:11

    2:11 The second death - The lake of fire, the portion of the fearful, who do not overcome, Rev 21:8.