Revelation 2:21
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New International Version
I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.

New Living Translation
I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.

English Standard Version
I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

New American Standard Bible
'I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.

King James Bible
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.

International Standard Version
I gave her time to repent, but she refused to repent of her immorality.

NET Bible
I have given her time to repent, but she is not willing to repent of her sexual immorality.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I gave her time for repentance, and she did not choose to turn from her fornication.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I gave her time to turn to me and change the way she thinks and acts, but she refuses to turn away from her sexual sins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I have given her time to repent of her fornication, and she repented not.

King James 2000 Bible
And I gave her time to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

American King James Version
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

American Standard Version
And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I gave her a time that she might do penance, and she will not repent of her fornication.

Darby Bible Translation
And I gave her time that she should repent, and she will not repent of her fornication.

English Revised Version
And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I gave her time to repent of her lewdness, and she repented not.

Weymouth New Testament
I have given her time to repent, but she is determined not to repent of her fornication.

World English Bible
I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

Young's Literal Translation
and I did give to her a time that she might reform from her whoredom, and she did not reform;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Here again the Revised Version must be preferred; the Authorized Version follows a corrupt Greek text. With the construction, "I gave her time that (ἵνα) she should repent," comp. Revelation 8:3; Revelation 9:5; Revelation 12:14; Revelation 19:8; John 17:4; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 5:20. With "willeth not to repent," comp. John 6:21, 67; John 7:17; John 8:44. Jezebel "despised the riches of Christ's forbearance and long suffering, not believing that his goodness led her to repentance" (Romans 2:4). The whole passage should be compared with this (see also Ecclesiastes 8:11-13; Psalm 10:6; 2 Peter 3:3, 4, 9).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication,.... Of idolatry. This may have respect to the time of the witnesses, the Waldenses, and others, who bore a testimony against the Romish idolatry, and reproved for it, and denounced the judgment of God in case of impenitence; and as these things were repeated time after time, this may be called a space given to repent in; just as Jezebel had a space given her to repent in, from the time that Elijah declared the word of the Lord, that the dogs should eat her: so the Jews (b) say of the old world, that God gave them , "space to repent", but they repented not, as here:

and she repented not; see Revelation 9:20; for the time for, and means leading to repentance may be given, yet if the grace of repentance itself is not given, men, either particular persons, or whole bodies of men, will never repent of their sins. The Alexandrian copy, Complutensian, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read, "and she would not repent",

(b) Juchasin, fol. 7. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. space—Greek, "time."

of her fornication … she repented not—The three oldest manuscripts read, "and she willeth not to repent of (literally, 'out of,' that is, so as to come out of) her fornication." Here there is a transition from literal to spiritual fornication, as appears from Re 2:22. The idea arose from Jehovah's covenant relation to the Old Testament Church being regarded as a marriage, any transgression against which was, therefore, harlotry, fornication, or adultery.

Revelation 2:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Message to the Church in Thyatira
20But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21'I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.…
Cross References
Romans 2:4
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Romans 2:5
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Revelation 9:20
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

Revelation 16:9
They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

Revelation 16:11
and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
Treasury of Scripture

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

space.

Revelation 9:20,21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet …

Jeremiah 8:4-6 Moreover you shall say to them, Thus said the LORD; Shall they fall, …

Romans 2:4,5 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

Romans 9:22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known…

1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of …

2 Peter 3:9,15 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; …

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