Revelation 2:3
Parallel Verses
New International Version
You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

New Living Translation
You have patiently suffered for me without quitting.

English Standard Version
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.

Berean Study Bible
Without growing weary, you have persevered and endured many things for the sake of My name.

Berean Literal Bible
And you have perseverance, and have endured for the sake of My name, and have not grown weary.

New American Standard Bible
and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary.

King James Bible
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You also possess endurance and have tolerated many things because of My name and have not grown weary.

International Standard Version
You have endured and suffered because of my name, yet you have not grown weary.

NET Bible
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
“And you have patience and you have endured because of my name and you have not tired.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have endured, suffered trouble because of my name, and have not grown weary.

New American Standard 1977
and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and hast suffered, and doth suffer and for my name's sake hast laboured and hast not fainted.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.
Parallel Commentaries
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.

Pulpit Commentary

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."

Revelation 2:3 Additional Commentaries
Message to the Church in Ephesus
2I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.…
Cross References
Luke 5:5
Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

Luke 8:15
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

John 15:21
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

Hebrews 12:3
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
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And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted.

hast borne.

Psalm 69:7 Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face.

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

Mark 15:21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of …

Luke 14:27 And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

1 Corinthians 13:7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

hast patience.

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and …

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you …

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because …

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess you your souls.

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

Romans 5:3,4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Romans 15:4,5 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the …

Hebrews 6:12,15 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

James 1:3,4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience…

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

hast laboured.

Romans 16:12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord. Salute the beloved …

1 Corinthians 16:16 That you submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helps with …

2 Corinthians 5:9 Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

2 Corinthians 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;

2 Corinthians 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of …

Philippians 4:3 And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which …

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night …

1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brothers, to know them which labor among you, …

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor …

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust …

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

hast not.

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

2 Corinthians 4:1,16 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, …

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall …

2 Thessalonians 3:13 But you, brothers, be not weary in well doing.

Hebrews 12:3-5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

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