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Revelation 3:2

    Revelation 3:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be on the watch, and make strong the rest of the things which are near to death; because as judged by me your works have not come up to God's measure.

    Webster's Revision

    Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God.

    World English Bible

    Wake up, and keep the things that remain, which you were about to throw away, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Be thou watchful, and stablish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine fulfilled before my God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 3:2

    Be watchful - Ye have lost ground by carelessness and inattention. Awake, and keep awake!

    Strengthen the things which remain - The convictions and good desires, with any measure of the fear of God and of a tender conscience, which, although still subsisting, are about to perish, because the Holy Spirit, who is the author of them, being repeatedly grieved, is about finally to depart.

    Thy works perfect - Πεπληρωμενα· Filled up. They performed duties of all kinds, but no duty completely. They were constantly beginning, but never brought any thing to a proper end. Their resolutions were languid, their strength feeble, and their light dim. They probably maintained their reputation before men, but their works were not perfect before God.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 3:2

    Be watchful - Be wakeful; be attentive and earnest - in contradistinction from the drowsy condition of the church.

    Strengthen the things which remain - The true piety that still lives and lingers among you. Whatever there was of religion among them, it was of importance to strengthen it, that the love of the Saviour might not become wholly extinct. An important duty in a low and languishing state of religion is, to "strengthen the things that still survive." It is to cultivate all the graces which do exist; to nourish all the love of truth which may linger in the church; and to confirm, by warm exhortation, and by a reference to the gracious promises of God's word, the few who may be endeavoring to do their duty, and who, amidst many discouragements, are aiming to be faithful to the Saviour. In the lowest state of religion in a church there may be a few, perhaps quite obscure and of humble rank, who are mourning over the desolations of Zion, and who are sighing for better times. All such it is the duty of the ministers of religion to comfort and encourage; for it is in their hearts that piety may be kept alive in the church - it is through them that it may be hoped religion may yet be revived. In the apparent hopelessness of doing much good to others, good may always be done to the cause itself by preserving and strengthening what there may be of life among those few, amidst the general desolation and death. It is much to preserve life in grain sown in a field through the long and dreary winter, when all seems to be dead - for it will burst forth, with new life and beauty, in the spring. When the body is prostrate with disease, and life just lingers, and death seems to be coming on, it is much to preserve the little strength that remains; much to keep the healthful parts from being invaded, that there may be strength yet to recover.

    That are ready to die - That seem just ready to become extinct. So, sometimes, in a plant, there seems to be but the least conceivable life remaining, and it appears that it must die. So, when we are sick, there seems to be but the feeblest glimmering of life, and it is apparently just ready to go out. So, when a fire dies away, there seems but a spark remaining, and it is just ready to become extinct. And thus, in religion in the soul - religion in a church - religion in a community - it often seems as if it were just about to go out forever.

    For I have not found thy works perfect before God - I have not found them complete or full. They come short of what is required. Of what church, of what individual Christian, is not this true? Whom might not the Saviour approach with the same language? It was true, however, in a marked and eminent sense, of the church at Sardis.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 3:2

    3:2 The things which remain - In thy soul; knowledge of the truth, good desires, and convictions. Which were ready to die - Wherever pride, indolence, or levity revives, all the fruits of the Spirit are ready to die.