Revelation 3:4
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English Standard Version
Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.

King James Bible
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

American Standard Version
But thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou hast a few names in Sardis, which have not defiled their garments: and they shall walk with me in white, because they are worthy.

English Revised Version
But thou hast a few names in Sardis which did not defile their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet you have in Sardis a few who have not soiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white; for they are worthy.

Revelation 3:4 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Thou hast a few names

The best texts insert ἀλλὰ but between these words and the close of the preceding verse. So Rev. But, notwithstanding the general apathy of the Church, thou hast a few, etc. Compare Revelation 3:1, thou hast a name, and see on Revelation 11:13. Names is equivalent to persons, a few who may be rightly named as exceptions to the general conception.

Even in Sardis

Omit καὶ even.

Defiled (ἐμόλυναν)

See on 1 Peter 1:4.

Garments

See the same figure, Jde 1:23. The meaning is, have not sullied the purity of their Christian life.

In white (ἐν λευκοῖς)

With ἱματίοις garments understood. See on Revelation 2:17, and compare Zechariah 3:3, Zechariah 3:5. "White colors are suitable to the gods" (Plato, "Laws," xii., 956). So Virgil, of the tenants of Elysium:

"Lo, priests of holy life and chaste while they in life had part;

Lo, god-loved poets, men who spake things worthy Phoebus' heart:

And they who bettered life on earth by new-found mastery;

And they whose good deeds left a tale for men to name them by:

continued...

Revelation 3:4 Parallel Commentaries

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names.

Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell...

*Gr:

Acts 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the middle of the disciples, and said...

even.

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.

Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like to Gomorrah.

Romans 11:4-6 But what said the answer of God to him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal...

which.

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes...

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city...

Isaiah 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity...

Isaiah 61:3,10 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning...

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities...

Zechariah 3:3-6 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel...

Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

walk.

Revelation 3:5,18 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life...

Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment...

Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season...

Revelation 7:9,13 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds...

Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold...

Psalm 68:14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.

Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.

Zechariah 3:4 And he answered and spoke to those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And to him he said, Behold...

Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment...

for.

Matthew 10:11 And into whatever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go there.

Luke 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry...

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass...

2 Thessalonians 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 9:8
Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.

Jude 1:23
save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Revelation 1:11
saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."

Revelation 3:5
The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

Revelation 3:18
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

Revelation 4:4
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.

Revelation 6:11
Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

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