Revelation 2:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

New Living Translation
Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

English Standard Version
Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

New American Standard Bible
'Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.

King James Bible
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

International Standard Version
So repent. If you don't, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth.

NET Bible
Therefore, repent! If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people with the sword of my mouth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Repent therefore, or else I shall come upon you at once, and I shall make war with them with the sword of my mouth.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So return to me and change the way you think and act, or I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword from my mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
Repent; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

American King James Version
Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

American Standard Version
Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In like manner do penance: if not, I will come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
Repent therefore: but if not, I come to thee quickly, and I will make war with them with the sword of my mouth.

English Revised Version
Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Repent; or else I will come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Weymouth New Testament
Repent, at once; or else I will come to you quickly, and will make war upon them with the sword which is in My mouth.

World English Bible
Repent therefore, or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
'Reform! and if not, I come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly (see on ver. 5). Some take "in like manner" with this verse: "In like manner (as Ephesus) repent therefore;" but this is not probable. Repent of having allowed some members to follow the examples of Balaam and of the Nicolaitans. With the sword of my mouth (comp. Revelation 1:16 and Revelation 2:12). It is possible that there is here another allusion to Balaam. It was with a drawn sword that the angel of the Lord withstood him (Numbers 22:23), and with the sword that he was slain (Numbers 31:8; Joshua 13:22). Those who follow Balaam in his sin shall follow him in his punishment; and the Church which allows such things will have to suffer along with those who commit them (comp. 2 Thessalonians 2:8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Repent,.... This is said to those who were truly godly in those times, but still retained their communion with these corrupt men, and had not, as yet, separated from then; nor had they protested against these evil doctrines and practices, at least but very coldly, and had too much connived at them; and therefore are called upon to repent of their lukewarmness, negligence, and sinful compliances:

or else I will come unto thee quickly: in a providential way, to rebuke and chastise for such remissness, indifference, and evil communication:

and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth; of this sword; see Gill on Revelation 1:16. And it is observable, that Christ does not say, "I will fight against thee"; the true members of his mystical body, though lax and supine, for Christ does not fight against his people, but for them; but he says, "and will fight against them"; the Balaamites and Nicolaitans, for their idolatry and uncleanness.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. The three oldest manuscripts read, "Repent, therefore." Not only the Nicolaitanes, but the whole Church of Pergamos is called on to repent of not having hated the Nicolaitane teaching and practice. Contrast Paul, Ac 20:26.

I will come—I am coming.

fight against them—Greek, "war with them"; with the Nicolaitanes primarily; but including also chastisement of the whole Church at Pergamos: compare "unto THEE."

with the sword of my mouth—resumed from Re 1:16, but with an allusion to the drawn sword with which the angel of the Lord confronted Balaam on his way to curse Israel: an earnest of the sword by which he and the seduced Israelites fell at last. The spiritual Balaamites of John's day are to be smitten with the Lord's spiritual sword, the word or "rod of His mouth."

Revelation 2:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Message to the Church in Pergamum
15'So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16'Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. 17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.'
Cross References
Isaiah 49:2
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

Revelation 1:16
In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Revelation 2:5
Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Revelation 2:12
"To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.

Revelation 22:7
"Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll."

Revelation 22:20
He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
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Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Repent.

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Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of …

Acts 17:30,31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

else. See on ver.

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do …

will fight.

Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things said …

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went …

Revelation 19:15,21 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite …

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Isaiah 49:2 And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his …

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which …

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