Revelation 2:15
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New International Version
Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

New Living Translation
In a similar way, you have some Nicolaitans among you who follow the same teaching.

English Standard Version
So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

Berean Study Bible
In the same way, some of you also hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

Berean Literal Bible
So likewise you also have some holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

New American Standard Bible
'So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

King James Bible
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

International Standard Version
You also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

NET Bible
In the same way, there are also some among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

New Heart English Bible
So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans likewise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“So you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Naqolaytans, likewise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You also have some who follow what the Nicolaitans teach.

New American Standard 1977
‘Thus you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So hast thou also those that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which I hate.

King James 2000 Bible
So have you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

American King James Version
So have you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

American Standard Version
So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaites.

Darby Bible Translation
So thou also hast those who hold the doctrine of Nicolaitanes in like manner.

English Revised Version
So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner.

Webster's Bible Translation
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Weymouth New Testament
So even you have some that cling in the same way to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

World English Bible
So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans likewise.

Young's Literal Translation
so hast thou, even thou, those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans -- which thing I hate.
Study Bible
To the Church in Pergamum
14But I have a few things against you, because some of you hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumbling block before the Israelites so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. 15In the same way, some of you also hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16Therefore repent! Otherwise I will come to you shortly and wage war against them with the sword of My mouth.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:28
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching,

Revelation 2:6
But you have this to your credit: You hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Treasury of Scripture

So have you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

the doctrine. See on ver.

Revelation 2:6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which …

(15) So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes--i.e., thou, as well as those of old, hast such teachers. There is little doubt that this is the connection between the verses, but opinions are divided whether we are on this account to identify the Balaamites with the Nicolaitanes, and to suppose that both names point to the same sect. The simplest meaning of the passage seems to be that the temptation to which the Israelites were exposed, is used to illustrate the temptations of the Pergamene Church, through the teaching of the Nicolaitanes. Both temptations lead in the same Antinomian direction. Such a tendency was early seen (comp. Romans 6:4; Galatians 5:13; Jude 1:4), and is not extinct now. "Is there not," writes Dr. Vaughan, "a vague, unavowed, unrealised idea that the Atonement has made sin less fatal, that even sin indulged and persisted in, may yet not work death?" To such and all who countenance them the warning is, "Repent; but if not, I am coming for thee, and will war with thee (note the change of person and number) with (literally, in--i.e., armed with) the sword of My mouth."

Verse 15. - So hast thou also some that hold. As in vers. 13 and 14 "hold" is κρατεῖν with the accusative (see notes on ver. 13). What does "also" mean? Probably, "As Israel had Balak to seduce them, and Balak had Balaam, so hast thou," etc.). Others take it, "As the Church at Ephesus has Nicolaitans, so hast thou." The reading of the Authorized Version, "which thing I hate," must certainly yield to that of the Revised Version, "in like manner," which is supported by all the best manuscripts and versions. In the Greek there is much similarity between the two readings, ΟΜΙΣΩ and ΟΜΟΙΩΣ. "In like manner" refers to the similarity between those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, and those who hold the doctrine of Balaam. It confirms the view that two sects are meant. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans,.... These impure heretics sprung up in the time of the apostolic church, but their doctrines were not received, and their deeds were hated, see Revelation 2:6. This seems to design the doctrines of the church of Rome, which in this period took place; which forbid marriage to the priests, and recommended celibacy and virginity to others also; which were the source of all uncleanness and abominable lusts; for which pardons and indulgences were given, and, in process of time, brothel houses were set up, and licensed and encouraged by authority,

Which thing I hate; the doctrine of these men, as well as their deeds. 15. thou—emphatic: "So THOU also hast," As Balak and the Moabites of old had Balaam and his followers literally, so hast thou also them that hold the same Balaamite or Nicolaitane doctrine spiritually or symbolically. Literal eating of idol-meats and fornication in Pergamos were accompanied by spiritual idolatry and fornication. So Trench explains. But I prefer taking it, "THOU also," as well as Ephesus ("in like manner" as Ephesus; see below the oldest reading), hast … Nicolaitanes, with this important difference, Ephesus, as a Church, hates them and casts them out, but thou "hast them," namely, in the Church.

doctrine—teaching (see on [2676]Re 2:6): namely, to tempt God's people to idolatry.

which thing I hate—It is sin not to hate what God hates. The Ephesian Church (Re 2:6) had this point of superiority to Pergamos. But the three oldest manuscripts, and Vulgate and Syriac, read instead of "which I hate," "IN LIKE MANNER."2:12-17 The word of God is a sword, able to slay both sin and sinners. It turns and cuts every way; but the believer need not fear this sword; yet this confidence cannot be supported without steady obedience. As our Lord notices all the advantages and opportunities we have for duty in the places where we dwell, so he notices our temptations and discouragements from the same causes. In a situation of trials, the church of Pergamos had not denied the faith, either by open apostacy, or by giving way so as to avoid the cross. Christ commends their stedfastness, but reproves their sinful failures. A wrong view of gospel doctrine and Christian liberty, was a root of bitterness from which evil practices grew. Repentance is the duty of churches and bodies of men, as well as of particular persons; those who sin together, should repent together. Here is the promise of favour to those that overcome. The influences and comforts of the Spirit of Christ, come down from heaven into the soul, for its support. This is hidden from the rest of the world. The new name is the name of adoption; when the Holy Spirit shows his own work in the believer's soul, this new name and its real import are understood by him.
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