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Revelation 2:16

    Revelation 2:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    See, then, that you have a change of heart; or I will come to you quickly, and will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

    Webster's Revision

    Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

    World English Bible

    Repent therefore, or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 2:16

    Will fight against them with the sword of my mouth - See on Revelation 2:12 (note). He now speaks for their edification and salvation; but if they do not repent, he will shortly declare those judgments which shall unavoidably fall upon them.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 2:16

    Repent - See Revelation 2:5.

    Or else I will come unto thee quickly - On the word "quickly," see the notes on Revelation 1:1. The meaning here is, that he would come against them in judgment, or to punish them.

    And will fight against them - Against the Nicolaitanes. He would come against the church for tolerating them, but his opposition would be principally directed against the Nicolaitanes themselves. The church would excite his displeasure by retaining them in its bosom, but it was in its power to save them from destruction. If the church would repent, or if it would separate itself from the evil, then the Saviour would not come against them. If this were not done, they would feel the vengeance of his sword, and be subjected to punishment. The church always suffers when it has offenders in its bosom; it has the power of saving them if it will repent of its own unfaithfulness, and will strive for their conversion.

    With the sword of my mouth - notes on Revelation 1:16; Revelation 2:12. That is, he would give the order, and they would be cut as if by a sword. Precisely in what way it would be done he does not say; but it might be by persecution, or by heavy judgments. To see the force of this, we are to remember the power which Christ has to punish the wicked by a word of his mouth. By a word in the last day he will turn all the wicked into hell.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 2:16

    2:16 If not, I come to thee - who wilt not wholly escape when I punish them. And will fight with them - Not with the Nicolaitans, who are mentioned only by the by, but the followers of Balaam. With the sword of my mouth - With my just and fierce displeasure. Balaam himself was first withstood by the angel of the Lord with his sword drawn, Num 22:23, and afterwards slain with the sword, Num 31:8.