Revelation 2:26
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New International Version
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations--

New Living Translation
To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations.

English Standard Version
The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations,

New American Standard Bible
'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;

King James Bible
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who is victorious and keeps My works to the end: I will give him authority over the nations--

International Standard Version
To the person who conquers and continues to do what I've commanded to the end, I will give authority over the nations.

NET Bible
And to the one who conquers and who continues in my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations--

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“To him who is victorious and keeps my works, I shall give authority over the nations,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have received authority from my Father. I will give authority over the nations to everyone who wins the victory and continues to do what I want until the end.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he that overcomes and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the Gentiles;

King James 2000 Bible
And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

American King James Version
And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

American Standard Version
And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that shall overcome, and keep my works unto the end, I will give him power over the nations.

Darby Bible Translation
And he that overcomes, and he that keeps unto the end my works, to him will I give authority over the nations,

English Revised Version
And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Weymouth New Testament
"'And to him who overcomes and obeys My commands to the very end, I will give authority over the nations of the earth.

World English Bible
He who overcomes, and he who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who is overcoming, and who is keeping unto the end my works, I will give to him authority over the nations,
Parallel Commentaries
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 26. - And he that overcometh. The usual promise (vers. 7, 11, 17; Revelation 3:5, 12, 21) is here closely connected with the charge which immediately precedes. In this and in the remaining three epistles the proclamation, "He that hath an ear," etc., follows instead of preceding the promise. Keepeth my works. This is a phrase thoroughly characteristic of St. John's style; compare for this use of "keep," Revelation 1:3; Revelation 3:3, 8, 10, etc.; John 8:51, 52, 55; John 9:16; John 14:15, 21, 23, 24, etc.; 1 John 2:3, 4, 5; 1 John 3:22, 24, etc.; and for "works," in the sense of works which Christ does or approves, comp. Revelation 15:3; John 6:28, 29; John 7:3, 21; John 11:3, 4, etc. "My works" here are in marked contrast to "her works" in ver. 22. "He that overcometh, and he that keepeth" is a nominativus pendens; and such constructions are specially frequent in St. John (comp. Revelation 3:12, 21; John 6:39; John 7:38; John 15:2; John 17:2; 1 John 2:24, 27). Links of connexion between the Revelation and the Gospel or Epistles of St. John should be carefully noted. The phrase for "unto the end" (ἄχριτέλους) occurs only here and Hebrews 6:11; but comp. Hebrews 3:6, 14; 1 Corinthians 1:8. "Unto the end" (εἰς τέλος) in John 13. I probably means "to the uttermost," not "to the end of life." Authority over the nations. "Authority" is better than "power" for ἐξουσία, not merely as implying that the power is rightly held and exercised, but also to mark the parallel with "Have thou authority over ten cities" (Luke 19:17; comp. Matthew 21:23, 24, 27; Acts 9:14; Acts 26:10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he that overcometh,.... Jezebel and her idolatries, her children, and all that commit adultery with her; such as are not drawn into the same evil practices with them, but bravely stand their ground against the Romish antichrist and his followers, and bear their testimony against his impious doctrines and idolatrous practices:

and keepeth my works unto the end; either of life, or of this church state, or of time, when Christ will personally appear, even at the end of the world; and by his works are meant, not the works which were done by him, as his miracles and works of mercy to the souls and bodies of men, and works of righteousness in obedience to the law, and the work of redemption and salvation; though these are works to be observed, and kept in view, and to be preserved in memory, and for the encouragement of faith and hope; but the works which are commanded, and required by Christ to be done by his people; as the public work of the ministry, by the preachers of the Gospel; and every private work, both internal and external, as the work of faith, the labour of love, and every act of obedience, which is constantly to be discharged. The Arabic version reads, "and keepeth my words and my works"; things both relating to doctrine and practice:

to him will I give power over the nations; or Gentiles, the Papists; so called because of the Pagan notions and worship introduced by them; and because they consist of many nations, tongues, and people, who are deceived, and drawn into idolatry by them: and this power over them may be understood in a spiritual sense, through the preaching of the Gospel, which being attended with the power of God, is the means of converting sinners, and so of weakening the kingdom of Satan, and of antichrist; and which had its fulfilment, at least in part, at the time of the Reformation, and onward, and will have still a greater accomplishment in the spiritual reign of Christ and his people, under the Philadelphian church state; and it may also design the temporal power which the saints shall have over antichrist, when they shall take away his dominion, and consume and destroy it, and the kingdom and the dominion under the whole heaven shall be given to the saints of the most High; Daniel 7:25.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. And—implying the close connection of the promise to the conqueror that follows, with the preceding exhortation, Re 2:25.

and keepeth—Greek, "and he that keepeth." Compare the same word in the passage already alluded to by the Lord, Ac 15:28, 29, end.

my works—in contrast to "her (English Version, 'their') works" (Re 2:22). The works which I command and which are the fruit of My Spirit.

unto the end—(Mt 24:13). The image is perhaps from the race, wherein it is not enough to enter the lists, but the runner must persevere to the end.

give power—Greek, "authority."

over the nations—at Christ's coming the saints shall possess the kingdom "under the whole heaven"; therefore over this earth; compare Lu 19:17, "have thou authority [the same word as here] over ten cities."

Revelation 2:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Message to the Church in Thyatira
25'Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; 27AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father;…
Cross References
Psalm 2:8
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

Psalm 2:9
You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery."

Psalm 49:14
They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.

Daniel 7:18
But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever--yes, for ever and ever.'

Matthew 10:22
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

John 6:29
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

Hebrews 3:6
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Revelation 2:7
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Revelation 3:21
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Revelation 20:4
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Treasury of Scripture

And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

he. See on ver.

Revelation 2:7,11,17 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

Revelation 3:5,12,21 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and …

Revelation 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, …

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus …

keepeth.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 8:13-15 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word …

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you …

John 8:31,32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your …

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of …

to him will I give.

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even …

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them…

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; …

Daniel 7:18,22,27 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess …

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me…

Luke 22:29,30 And I appoint to you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed to me…

1 Corinthians 6:3,4 Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that …

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