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Revelation 2:27

    Revelation 2:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he will be ruling them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of the potter they will be broken, even as I have power from my Father:

    Webster's Revision

    and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father:

    World English Bible

    He will rule them with a rod of iron, shattering them like clay pots; as I also have received of my Father:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father:

    Definitions for Revelation 2:27

    Shivers - Pieces; splinters.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 2:27

    He shall rule them with a rod of iron - He shall restrain vice by the strictest administration of justice; and those who finally despise the word and rebel shall be broken and destroyed, so as never more to be able to make head against the truth. This seems to refer to the heathen world; and perhaps Constantine the Great may be intended, who, when he overcame Licinius, became the instrument in God's hand of destroying idolatry over the whole Roman empire; and it was so effectually broken as to be ever after like the fragments of an earthen vessel, of no use in themselves, and incapable of being ever united to any good purpose.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 2:27

    And he shall rule them with a rod of iron - There is an allusion here to Psalm 2:9; "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." There is a slight change in the passage, "he shall rule," instead of "thou shalt break," in order to adapt the language to the purpose of the speaker here. The allusion in the Psalm is to the Messiah as reigning triumphant over the nations, or subduing them under him; and the idea here, as in the previous verse, is, that his redeemed people will be associated with him in this dominion. To rule with a scepter of iron, is not to rule with a harsh and tyrannical sway, but with power that is firm and invincible. It denotes a government of strength, or one that cannot be successfully opposed; one in which the subjects are effectually subdued.

    As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers - The ironic here is that of the vessel of a potter - a fragile vessel of clay - struck with a rod of iron and broken into fragments. That is, as applied to the nations, there would be no power to oppose His rule; the enemies of his government would be destroyed. Instead of remaining firm and compacted together, they would be broken like the clay vessel of a potter when struck with a rod of iron. The speaker does not intimate when this would be; but all that is said here would be applicable to that time when the Son of God will come to judge the world, and when His saints will be associated with him in his triumphs. As, in respect to all the others of the seven epistles to the churches, the rewards promised refer to heaven, and to the happy state of that blessed world, it would seem also that this should have a similar reference, for there is no reason why "to him that overcame" in Thyatira a temporal reward and triumph should be promised more than in the cases of the others. If so, then this passage should not be adduced as having any reference to an imaginary personal reign of the Saviour and of the saints on the earth.

    Even as I received of my Father - As he has appointed me, Psalm 2:6-9.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 2:27

    2:27 And he shall rule them - That is, shall share with me when I do this. With a rod of iron - With irresistible power, employed on those only who will not otherwise submit; who will hereby be dashed in pieces - Totally conquered.