Revelation 2:6
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English Standard Version
Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

King James Bible
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

American Standard Version
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaites, which I also hate.

English Revised Version
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Webster's Bible Translation
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet this you have in your favor: you hate the doings of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

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The Nicolaitans

From νικᾶν to conquer, and λαός the people. There are two principal explanations of the term. The first and better one historical. A sect springing, according to credible tradition, from Nicholas a proselyte of Antioch, one of the seven deacons of Jerusalem (Acts 6:5), who apostatized from the truth, and became the founder of an Antinomian Gnostic sect. They appear to have been characterized by sensuality, seducing Christians to participate in the idolatrous feasts of pagans, and to unchastity. Hence they are denoted by the names of Balaam and Jezebel, two leading agents of moral contamination under the Old Testament dispensation. Balaam enticed the Israelites, through the daughters of Moab and Midian, to idolatry and fornication (Numbers 25; Numbers 31:16). Jezebel murdered the Lord's prophets, and set up idolatry in Israel. The Nicolaitans taught that, in order to master sensuality, one must know the whole range of it by experience; and that he should therefore abandon himself without reserve to the lusts of the body, since they concerned only the body and did not touch the spirit. These heretics were hated and expelled by the Church of Ephesus (Revelation 2:6), but were tolerated by the Church of Pergamum (Revelation 2:15). The other view regards the name as symbolic, and Nicholas as the Greek rendering of Balaam, whose name signifies destroyer or corrupter of the people. This view is adopted by Trench ("Seven Churches"), who says: "The Nicolaitans are the Balaamites; no sect bearing the one name or the other; but those who, in the new dispensation, repeated the sin of Balaam in the old, and sought to overcome or destroy the people of God by the same temptations whereby Balaam had sought to overcome them before." The names, however, are by no means parallel: Conqueror of the people not being the same as corrupter of the people. Besides, in Revelation 2:14, the Balaamites are evidently distinguished from the Nicolaitans.

Alford remarks: "There is no sort of reason for interpreting the name otherwise than historically. It occurs in a passage indicating simple matters of historical fact, just as the name Antipas does in Revelation 2:13."

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Revelation 2:14,15 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam...

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Should you help the ungodly...

Psalm 26:5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not stick to me.

Psalm 139:21,22 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against you...

2 John 1:9,10 Whoever transgresses, and stays not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that stays in the doctrine of Christ...

Cross References
Revelation 2:15
So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

Revelation 2:7
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.'

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