Revelation 2:19
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New International Version
I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

New Living Translation
"I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.

English Standard Version
“‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.

Berean Study Bible
I know your deeds--your love, your faith, your service, your perseverance--and your latter deeds are greater than your first.

Berean Literal Bible
I know your works, and your love and faith and service and perseverance; and your latter works are greater than the first.

New American Standard Bible
'I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.

King James Bible
I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know your works--your love, faithfulness, service, and endurance. Your last works are greater than the first.

International Standard Version
I know what you've been doing—your love, faithfulness, service, and endurance—and that your last actions are greater than the first.

NET Bible
I know your deeds: your love, faith, service, and steadfast endurance. In fact, your more recent deeds are greater than your earlier ones.

New Heart English Bible
"I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance, and that your last works are more than the first.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I know your works, your love, your faith, your service and your patience, and your latter works are more than the first.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know what you do. I know your love, faith, service, and endurance. I also know that what you are doing now is greater than what you did at first.

New American Standard 1977
‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have known thy works and charity and service and faith and thy patience and thy works and the last to be more than the first.

King James 2000 Bible
I know your works, and love, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your works; and the last to be more than the first.

American King James Version
I know your works, and charity, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your works; and the last to be more than the first.

American Standard Version
I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and patience, and that thy last works are more than the first.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know thy works, and thy faith, and thy charity, and thy ministry, and thy patience, and thy last works which are more than the former.

Darby Bible Translation
I know thy works, and love, and faith, and service, and thine endurance, and thy last works [to be] more than the first.

English Revised Version
I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and patience, and that thy last works are more than the first.

Webster's Bible Translation
I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first:

Weymouth New Testament
I know your doings, your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance; and that of late you have toiled harder than you did at first.

World English Bible
"I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance, and that your last works are more than the first.

Young's Literal Translation
I have known thy works, and love, and ministration, and faith, and thy endurance, and thy works -- and the last are more than the first.
Study Bible
To the Church in Thyatira
18To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like a blazing fire and whose feet are like polished bronze. 19I know your deeds — your love, your faith, your service, your perseverance — and your latter deeds are greater than your first. 20But I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads My servants to be sexually immoral and to eat food sacrificed to idols.…
Cross References
Luke 1:23
And when the days of his service were complete, he returned home.

Revelation 2:2
I know your deeds, your labor, and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate those who are evil, and you have tested and exposed as liars those who falsely claim to be apostles.
Treasury of Scripture

I know your works, and charity, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your works; and the last to be more than the first.

know. See on ver.

Revelation 2:2,9,13 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you …

charity.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not …

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

1 Thessalonians 3:6 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

patience. See on ver.

Revelation 2:3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, …

the last.

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Psalm 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat …

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

John 15:2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

(19) Thy works, and charity.--In the words of commendation we find two pairs. We have the Christian community commended for charity and service, the outward ministrations which manifest the inner principle of love; their labour of love, or their work and love (Hebrews 6:10) in general. In the second pair, faith and patience; the patience is the token of the faith (Romans 2:7; Hebrews 11:27).

And the last . . .--Read, and thy last works more than the first. Besides their faith and love, they are commended for their progress in good works--the last are more than the first.

Verse 19. - I know thy works... and thy works. This glaring tautology is a mistranslation. The Revised Version is correct both in the order of the words and in the rendering. We have first the general statement, found in most of these epistles, asserting intimate personal knowledge: "I know thy works." Then we have, in two pairs, these works particularized, "thy love and faith," and "thy ministry and patience." Finally, we have the knowledge "that thy last works are more than the first." "Thy," in the central clause, belongs to all four substantives. Whatever may be thought of 1 Corinthians 13, ἀγάπη in St. John's writings must certainly be translated" love," and not "charity." Love and faith produce as their natural fruit ministry to the sick and needy and patience in enduring tribulation. Διακονία, excepting here and Hebrews 1:14, occurs only in the writings of St. Luke and of St. Paul; it is specially frequent in the Acts (Acts 1:17, 25; Acts 6:1, 4; Acts 11:29, etc.) and in 2 Corinthians (2 Corinthians 3:7, 8, 9; 2 Corinthians 4:1; 2 Corinthians 5:18, etc.). That thy last works are more than the first. With the momentous change of πλείονα for χείρονα, this looks like a reminiscence of Matthew 12:45 (comp. 2 Peter 2:20). Πλείονα probably means more in value rather than more in number; compare πλείονα σημεῖα τούτων, (John 7:31); πλείονα καρπόν (John 15:2); πλείονα θυσίαν (Hebrews 11:4). But both excellence and number may be included. In any case, the Church at Thya-tira exhibits growth in good works, which is the surest sign of life. Like Ephesus, Thyatira is both praised and blamed; but whereas Ephesus has gone back (ver. 5), Thyatira is going forwards. The two Churches are in some respects the exact opposite one of the other. In Ephesus there is much zeal for orthodoxy, but little love; in Thyatira there is much love, but a carelessness about false doctrine. I know thy works,.... Good works, as appears from the particular enumeration of them afterwards, and the commendation of proficiency in them, the last being more than the first, and the distinction from the evil ones in Revelation 2:20; this is said to the faithful followers and professors of Christ in this interval:

and charity; by which is meant not a relieving the wants of the poor; much less such a charity as connives at the errors and heresies of men; but the divine grace of love to God nod Christ, and the saints, without which a profession of religion is a vain thing; and, generally speaking, this grace is most in exercise in a time of trouble and persecution:

and service; or "ministry", meaning either the ministry of the word, which was exercised by many with great zeal, diligence, and faithfulness, as by Wickliff, John Huss, Jerom of Prague, and others; or the ministering to the necessities of the poor saints, as an evidence of their charity or love; or else the service of God is here intended, which is but reasonable, and is his due, and ought to be performed to him only, and that with fear and fervency, in faith, and with a pure conscience, with humility, and without mercenary views, and in righteousness and true holiness; or the service of love which the saints perform to one another, as praying for one another, bearing one another's burdens, admonishing and reproving for sin, restoring such as are gone astray, comforting the distressed, building up one another in their most holy faith, and exhorting and stirring up each other to the duties of religion:

and faith; not the doctrine of faith, as preached by the ministers of the word, and held and maintained by the true professors of it; but either the grace of faith, or the profession of both; or rather the faithfulness, both of the ministers and private believers of those times, as the Waldenses and Albigenses, the Lollards and Wickliffites, who abode by, and were faithful to the light which they had received:

and thy patience; in suffering for the sake of Christ and the Gospel: and very much it was they did endure, and yet held out to the end:

and thy works, and the last to be more than the first; that is, that their works or acts of love to God and Christ and one another, and of service to God and to the saints, and of faith and faithfulness in the cause of God, and of patience in suffering for the Gospel of Christ, were more in quantity, and greater in quality, toward the close of this period, which brought on the Reformation, than at the beginning of it; and which were done by the persons before mentioned, and by others. 19. The oldest manuscripts transpose the English Version order, and read, "faith and service." The four are subordinate to "thy works"; thus, "I know thy works, even the love and the faith (these two forming one pair, as 'faith works by love,' Ga 5:6), and the service (ministration to the suffering members of the Church, and to all in spiritual or temporal need), and the endurance of (that is, shown by) thee (this pronoun belongs to all four)." As love is inward, so service is its outward manifestation. Similarly, faith and persevering endurance, or "patient continuance (the same Greek as here, Ro 2:7) in well-doing," are connected.

and thy works; and the last—Omit the second "and," with the three oldest manuscripts and the ancient versions; translate, "And (I know) thy works which are last (to be) more in number than the first"; realizing 1Th 4:1; the converse of Mt 12:45; 2Pe 2:20. Instead of retrograding from "the first works" and "first love," as Ephesus, Thyatira's last works exceeded her first (Re 2:4, 5).2:18-29 Even when the Lord knows the works of his people to be wrought in love, faith, zeal, and patience; yet if his eyes, which are as a flame of fire, observe them committing or allowing what is evil, he will rebuke, correct, or punish them. Here is praise of the ministry and people of Thyatira, by One who knew the principles from which they acted. They grew wiser and better. All Christians should earnestly desire that their last works may be their best works. Yet this church connived at some wicked seducers. God is known by the judgments he executes; and by this upon seducers, he shows his certain knowledge of the hearts of men, of their principles, designs, frame, and temper. Encouragement is given to those who kept themselves pure and undefiled. It is dangerous to despise the mystery of God, and as dangerous to receive the mysteries of Satan. Let us beware of the depths of Satan, of which those who know the least are the most happy. How tender Christ is of his faithful servants! He lays nothing upon his servants but what is for their good. There is promise of an ample reward to the persevering, victorious believer; also knowledge and wisdom, suitable to their power and dominion. Christ brings day with him into the soul, the light of grace and of glory, in the presence and enjoyment of him their Lord and Saviour. After every victory let us follow up our advantage against the enemy, that we may overcome and keep the works of Christ to the end.
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