|New International Version (©2011)|
You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
New Living Translation (©2007)
You have patiently suffered for me without quitting.
English Standard Version (©2001)
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
You also possess endurance and have tolerated many things because of My name and have not grown weary.
International Standard Version (©2012)
You have endured and suffered because of my name, yet you have not grown weary.
NET Bible (©2006)
I am also aware that you have persisted steadfastly, endured much for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
“And you have patience and you have endured because of my name and you have not tired.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
You have endured, suffered trouble because of my name, and have not grown weary.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And have endured, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted.
American King James Version
And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted.
American Standard Version
and thou hast patience and didst bear for my name's sake, and hast not grown weary.
And thou hast patience, and hast endured for my name, and hast not fainted.
Darby Bible Translation
and endurest, and hast borne for my name's sake, and hast not wearied:
English Revised Version
and thou hast patience and didst bear for my name's sake, and hast not grown weary.
Webster's Bible Translation
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.
Weymouth New Testament
And you endure patiently and have borne burdens for My sake and have never grown weary.
World English Bible
You have perseverance and have endured for my name's sake, and have not grown weary.
Young's Literal Translation
and thou didst bear, and hast endurance, and because of my name hast toiled, and hast not been weary.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
2:1-7 These churches were in such different states as to purity of doctrine and the power of godliness, that the words of Christ to them will always suit the cases of other churches, and professors. Christ knows and observes their state; though in heaven, yet he walks in the midst of his churches on earth, observing what is wrong in them, and what they want. The church of Ephesus is commended for diligence in duty. Christ keeps an account of every hour's work his servants do for him, and their labour shall not be in vain in the Lord. But it is not enough that we are diligent; there must be bearing patience, and there must be waiting patience. And though we must show all meekness to all men, yet we must show just zeal against their sins. The sin Christ charged this church with, is, not the having left and forsaken the object of love, but having lost the fervent degree of it that at first appeared. Christ is displeased with his people, when he sees them grow remiss and cold toward him. Surely this mention in Scripture, of Christians forsaking their first love, reproves those who speak of it with carelessness, and thus try to excuse indifference and sloth in themselves and others; our Saviour considers this indifference as sinful. They must repent: they must be grieved and ashamed for their sinful declining, and humbly confess it in the sight of God. They must endeavour to recover their first zeal, tenderness, and seriousness, and must pray as earnestly, and watch as diligently, as when they first set out in the ways of God. If the presence of Christ's grace and Spirit is slighted, we may expect the presence of his displeasure. Encouraging mention is made of what was good among them. Indifference as to truth and error, good and evil, may be called charity and meekness, but it is not so; and it is displeasing to Christ. The Christian life is a warfare against sin, Satan, the world, and the flesh. We must never yield to our spiritual enemies, and then we shall have a glorious triumph and reward. All who persevere, shall derive from Christ, as the Tree of life, perfection and confirmation in holiness and happiness, not in the earthly paradise, but in the heavenly. This is a figurative expression, taken from the account of the garden of Eden, denoting the pure, satisfactory, and eternal joys of heaven; and the looking forward to them in this world, by faith, communion with Christ, and the consolations of the Holy Spirit. Believers, take your wrestling life here, and expect and look for a quiet life hereafter; but not till then: the word of God never promises quietness and complete freedom from conflict here.
Verse 3. - The text followed in the Authorized Version is here very corrupt; we must read with the Revised Version, And thou hast patience (as in ver. 2), and didst bear for my Name's sake, and hast not grown weary. The last verb (κεκοπίακες) is closely akin to toil (κόπος) in ver 2. The seeming contradiction between "I know thy toil" and "thou hast not toiled" has caused confusion in the text. Yet οὐ κεκοπίακες does not mean "thou hast not toiled," but "thou hast not wearied of toil." It is all the more probable that this play of words is intentional, because "bear" (βαστάζειν) is used in two different senses in ver. 2 and ver. 3: "canst not tolerate evil men," and "didst endure suffering" (comp. John 16:12). "So is patience set over the things of God that one can obey no precept, fulfil no work well pleasing to the Lord, if estranged from it. The good of it even they who live outside it honour with the name of highest virtue... . Grand testimony this is to it, in that it incites even the vain schools of the world unto praise and glory! Or is it rather an injury,' 'in that a thing Divine is bandied about among worldly sciences (Tertullian, 'De Pat.,' 1.).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And hast borne,.... Not evil men, nor false apostles, but "burdens", as the Ethiopic version reads, and as the word signifies; meaning afflictions, reproaches, and persecutions, which pressed sore, and lay heavy on these ministers and churches; and yet they bore them with constancy and cheerfulness, and were not moved by them. The Arabic version reads, "and thou hast borne me"; my name and Gospel, among the Gentiles, and carried it from place to place; see Acts 9:15,
and hast patience; which they had from God, as his gift, and which they had in their hearts, and in exercise, and found it useful to them. It was in exercise in a suitable time, and it continued with them; it was not worn out through the length and greatness of their trials,
And for my name's sake hast laboured: which may refer either to enduring sufferings for Christ's name's sake, for his Gospel's sake, for righteousness sake, for the sake of the elect, and for the sake of the honour, glory, and interest of Christ; or to labouring in the ministry, not for filthy lucre sake, nor for party sake, but for the honour of Christ, and the good of souls; and there never was an interval in which this was more true:
and hast not fainted: so as to sink under the burden borne; to have patience quite tired out; to, be weary of labouring for Christ's name's sake; and so as to give out, and quit the service of Christ.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
3. borne … patience—The oldest manuscripts transpose these words. Then translate as Greek, "persevering endurance … borne." "Thou hast borne" My reproach, but "thou canst not bear the evil" (Re 2:2). A beautiful antithesis.
and … hast laboured, and hast not fainted—The two oldest manuscripts and oldest versions read, "and … hast not labored," omitting "and hast fainted." The difficulty which transcribers by English Version reading tried to obviate, was the seeming contradiction, "I know thy labor … and thou hast not labored." But what is meant is, "Thou hast not been wearied out with labor."
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