Revelation 2:11
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New International Version
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

New Living Translation
"Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Whoever is victorious will not be harmed by the second death.

English Standard Version
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’

Berean Study Bible
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be harmed by the second death.

Berean Literal Bible
The one having an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one overcoming shall not be injured by the second death.

New American Standard Bible
'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.'

King James Bible
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor will never be harmed by the second death.

International Standard Version
Let everyone listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will never be hurt by the second death.'"

NET Bible
The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will in no way be harmed by the second death.'

New Heart English Bible
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes won't be harmed by the second death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“He who has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit says to the assemblies. 'Whoever overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.'”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. Everyone who wins the victory will never be hurt by the second death.

New American Standard 1977
‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}; He that overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

American King James Version
He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

American Standard Version
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome, shall not be hurt by the second death.

Darby Bible Translation
He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He that overcomes shall in no wise be injured of the second death.

English Revised Version
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches; He that overcometh, shall not be hurt by the second death.

Weymouth New Testament
"'Let all who have ears give heed to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. He who overcomes shall be in no way hurt by the Second Death.'

World English Bible
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes won't be harmed by the second death.

Young's Literal Translation
He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies: He who is overcoming may not be injured of the second death.
Study Bible
To the Church in Smyrna
10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Look, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will suffer tribulation for ten days. Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be harmed by the second death. 12To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of the One who has the sharp, double-edged sword.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:15
He who has ears, let him hear.

Matthew 13:9
He who has ears, let him hear."

Mark 4:9
Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Luke 8:8
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it sprang up and produced a crop--a hundredfold." As Jesus said this, He called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

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

Revelation 2:17
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, known only to the one who receives it.

Revelation 3:5
Like them, the one who is victorious will be clothed in white garments. And I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father and His angels.

Revelation 3:6
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:12
The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will never again leave it. Upon him I will write the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name.

Revelation 3:13
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Treasury of Scripture

He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

that hath. See on ver.

Revelation 2:7 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

the second.

Revelation 20:6,14 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

(11) He that overcometh (or conquereth) shall not be hurt.--The words used are precise, and give certainty to the promise.

The second death.--This phrase is a new one in Bible language. It is said that Jews were familiar with it through its use in the Chaldee Paraphrase. It clearly points to a death which is other than that of the body; it stands in contrast with the crown of life. The expressions of Revelation 20:14; Revelation 21:8, exclude the idea that a cessation of conscious existence is intended. The life of the spirit is the knowledge of God (John 17:3); the death of the spirit, or the second death, is the decay or paralysis of the powers by which such a knowledge was possible, and the experience of the awfulness of a life which is "without God."

Verse 11. - He that hath an ear (see on ver. 7). Shall not be hurt of the second death; more literally, shall in no wise be injured at the hands of the second death. The negative is the strongest form; the injury seems to be of the nature of a wrong, and the second death is regarded as the source of the wrong (οὐ μὴ ἀδικηθῇ ἐκ). In Revelation 20:6 "the second death" is almost personified, as here: "Over these the second death has no authority." The phrase is peculiar to this book (see Revelation 20:14 and Revelation 21:8, where it is defined to be "the lake of fire"). The corresponding phrase, "the first death," does not occur. The one is the death of the body, to which the faithful Smyrnaeans must submit; the other is the death of the soul, from which the crown of life secures them: though they die, yet shall they live, and shall in no wise die, forever (John 11:25, 26). This second death, or death of the soul, is absolute exclusion from God, who is the Source of eternal life. The expression, "the second death," seems to be borrowed from Jewish theological phraseology. (On the repetition of the article, "the death, the second (death)," see note on ver. 13.) He that hath an ear, let him hear,.... See Gill on Revelation 2:7,

he that overcometh; and is not intimidated by poverty, confiscation of goods, tribulation, persecution, and death itself, but through Christ is a conqueror, and more than a conqueror over all these things:

shall not be hurt of the second death; by which is meant eternal death, in distinction from a corporeal and temporal one; and lies in a destruction of both body and soul in hell, and in an everlasting separation from God, and a continual sense of divine wrath; but of this the saints shall never be hurt, they are ordained to eternal life; this is secured for them in Christ, and he has it in his hands for them, and will give it to them. The phrase is Jewish, and is opposed to the first death, or the death of the body; which is the effect of sin, and is appointed of God, and which the people of God die as well as others; but the second death is peculiar to wicked men. So the Jerusalem Targum on Deuteronomy 33:6; paraphrases those words, "let Reuben live, and not die", thus,

"let Reuben live in this world, and not die , "by the second death", with which the wicked die in the world to come.

Of which sense of the text and phrase Epiphanius makes mention (q). See the same phrase in the Targum of Jonathan ben Uzziel, in Isaiah 22:14; and in Jeremiah 51:39; and in Philo the Jew (r),

(q) Contr. Haeres. Haeres. 9. (r) De Praemiis & Poenis, p. 921. 11. shall not be hurt—Greek, "shall not by any means (or possibly) be hurt."

the second death—"the lake of fire." "The death in life of the lost, as contrasted with the life in death of the saved" [Trench]. The phrase "the second death" is peculiar to the Apocalypse. What matter about the first death, which sooner or later must pass over us, if we escape the second death? "It seems that they who die that death shall be hurt by it; whereas, if it were annihilation, and so a conclusion of their torments, it would be no way hurtful, but highly beneficial to them. But the living torments are the second death" [Bishop Pearson]. "The life of the damned is death" [Augustine]. Smyrna (meaning myrrh) yielded its sweet perfume in being bruised even to death. Myrrh was used in embalming dead bodies (Joh 19:39); was an ingredient in the holy anointing oil (Ex 30:23); a perfume of the heavenly Bridegroom (Ps 45:8), and of the bride (So 3:6). "Affliction, like it, is bitter for the time being, but salutary; preserving the elect from corruption, and seasoning them for immortality, and gives scope for the exercise of the fragrantly breathing Christian virtues" [Vitringa]. Polycarp's noble words to his heathen judges who wished him to recant, are well known: "Fourscore and six years have I served the Lord, and He never wronged me, how then can I blaspheme my King and Saviour?" Smyrna's faithfulness is rewarded by its candlestick not having been removed out of its place (Re 2:5); Christianity has never wholly left it; whence the Turks call it, "Infidel Smyrna."2:8-11 Our Lord Jesus is the First, for by him were all things made; he was before all things, with God, and is God himself. He is the Last, for he will be the Judge of all. As this First and Last, who was dead and is alive, is the believer's Brother and Friend, he must be rich in the deepest poverty, honourable amidst the lowest abasement, and happy under the heaviest tribulation, like the church of Smyrna. Many who are rich as to this world, are poor as to the next; and some who are poor outwardly, are inwardly rich; rich in faith, in good works, rich in privileges, rich in gifts, rich in hope. Where there is spiritual plenty, outward poverty may be well borne; and when God's people are made poor as to this life, for the sake of Christ and a good conscience, he makes all up to them in spiritual riches. Christ arms against coming troubles. Fear none of these things; not only forbid slavish fear, but subdue it, furnishing the soul with strength and courage. It should be to try them, not to destroy them. Observe, the sureness of the reward; I will give thee: they shall have the reward from Christ's own hand. Also, how suitable it is; a crown of life: the life worn out in his service, or laid down in his cause, shall be rewarded with a much better life, which shall be eternal. The second death is unspeakably worse than the first death, both in the agonies of it, and as it is eternal death: it is indeed awful to die, and to be always dying. If a man is kept from the second death and wrath to come, he may patiently endure whatever he meets with in this world.
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