Revelation 2:23
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English Standard Version
and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

King James Bible
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

American Standard Version
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts, and I will give to every one of you according to your works. But to you I say,

English Revised Version
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he who searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works.

Weymouth New Testament
Her children too shall surely die; and all the Churches shall come to know that I am He who searches into men's inmost thoughts; and to each of you I will give a requital which shall be in accordance with what your conduct has been.

Revelation 2:23 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Children (τέκνα)

Emphatic. Distinguished from the participators of Revelation 2:22, as her proper adherents, "who are begotten of her and go to constitute her." Others, however, deny any distinction (Milligan), and others (as Trench) explain as the less forward and prominent members of the wicked company, deceived where the others were the deceivers.

With death (ἐν θανάτῳ)

To kill with death is a very strong expression. Compare Leviticus 20:10, Sept., θανάτῳ θανατούσθωσαν shall be put to death (A. V. and Rev.). Lit., let them be put to death with death. The reference can hardly be to the slaughter of Ahab's seventy sons (2 Kings 10:6, 2 Kings 10:7) who were not Jezebel's children.

All the churches

Not merely the seven churches, but the churches throughout the world.

Shall know (γνώσονται)

See on John 2:24.

Searcheth (ἐρευνῶν)

See John 5:39; John 7:52; Romans 8:27. Compare Jeremiah 11:20; Jeremiah 17:10; Jeremiah 20:12; 1 Peter 1:11. Denoting a careful search, a following up or tracking. See Genesis 31:35; 1 Kings 20:6; Proverbs 20:27; 1 Corinthians 2:10.

Reins (νεφροὺς)

Only here in the New Testament. Strictly, kidneys. Used of the thoughts, feelings, and purposes of the soul. A similar use of the physical for the spiritual organ is σπλάγχνα bowels for heart. See pitiful, 1 Peter 3:8.

Revelation 2:23 Parallel Commentaries

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with death.

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him...

and all.

Revelation 2:7,11 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life...

Deuteronomy 13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.

Deuteronomy 17:13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

Deuteronomy 19:20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall from now on commit no more any such evil among you.

Deuteronomy 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shall you put evil away from among you...

Zephaniah 1:11 Howl, you inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.

I am.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him...

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind...

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me...

2 Chronicles 6:30 Then hear you from heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and render to every man according to all his ways, whose heart you know...

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tries the hearts and reins.

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins and the heart, let me see your vengeance on them...

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and the heart, let me see your vengeance on them...

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men...

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Love you me?...

Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all men, show whether of these two you have chosen,

Romans 8:27 And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit...

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight...

and I will.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened...

Psalm 62:12 Also to you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according to his work.

Isaiah 3:10,11 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings...

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Romans 2:5-11 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation...

Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body...

Galatians 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work...

Cross References
Psalm 7:9
Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous-- you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

Psalm 26:2
Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.

Psalm 62:12
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.

Psalm 139:1
O LORD, you have searched me and known me!

Jeremiah 11:20
But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.

Jeremiah 17:10
"I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."

Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

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