Revelation 3:15
New International Version
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!

New Living Translation
"I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!

English Standard Version
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

Berean Study Bible
I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other!

Berean Literal Bible
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you would be cold or hot.

New American Standard Bible
'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.

King James Bible
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Christian Standard Bible
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.

Contemporary English Version
I know everything you have done, and you are not cold or hot. I wish you were either one or the other.

Good News Translation
I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.

International Standard Version
I know your actions, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.

NET Bible
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot!

New Heart English Bible
"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot; because it is necessary that you be cold or hot,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.

New American Standard 1977
‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot.

King James 2000 Bible
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot.

American King James Version
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.

American Standard Version
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot.

Darby Bible Translation
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot.

English Revised Version
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Webster's Bible Translation
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Weymouth New Testament
I know your doings--you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot!

World English Bible
"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.

Young's Literal Translation
I have known thy works, that neither cold art thou nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot.
Study Bible
To the Church in Laodicea
14To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! 16So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!…
Cross References
Romans 12:11
Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Revelation 3:1
To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of the One who holds the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation for being alive, yet you are dead.

Revelation 3:16
So because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!

Treasury of Scripture

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.

I know.

Revelation 3:1
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Revelation 2:2
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

that.

Revelation 2:4
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Matthew 24:12
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Philippians 1:9
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

I would.

Deuteronomy 5:29
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Psalm 81:11-13
But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me…

2 Corinthians 12:20
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

thou.

Joshua 24:15-24
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD…

1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Proverbs 23:26
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.







Lexicon
I know
Οἶδά (Oida)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

deeds;
ἔργα (erga)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

you are
εἶ (ei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

neither
οὔτε (oute)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3777: And not, neither, nor. From ou and te; not too, i.e. Neither or nor; by analogy, not even.

cold
ψυχρὸς (psychros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5593: Cool, cold; fig: cold-hearted. From psuchos; chilly.

nor
οὔτε (oute)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3777: And not, neither, nor. From ou and te; not too, i.e. Neither or nor; by analogy, not even.

hot.
ζεστός (zestos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2200: Boiling hot; met: fervent. From zeo; boiled, i.e. calid.

[How] I wish
ὄφελον (ophelon)
Interjection
Strong's Greek 3785: First person singular of a past tense of opheilo; I ought, i.e. oh that!

you were
ἦς (ēs)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[one]
ψυχρὸς (psychros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5593: Cool, cold; fig: cold-hearted. From psuchos; chilly.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

[the other]!
ζεστός (zestos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2200: Boiling hot; met: fervent. From zeo; boiled, i.e. calid.
(15, 16) Neither cold nor hot.--The "heat" here is the glowing, fervent zeal and devotion which is commended and commanded elsewhere (Romans 12:11). It is not, however, the self-conscious, galvanised earnestness which, in days of senile pietism, passes for zeal. It is an earnestness which does not know itself earnest, being all too absorbed in its work. It is self-forgetful, and so self-sacrificing, rather than ambitious of self-sacrifice. It is, in short, kindled of God, and sustained by

converse with the Divine One (Luke 24:32), and restored by intercourse with Him (see Revelation 3:20; comp. 1John 4:15-20). The "cold" describes the state of those who are as yet untouched by the Gospel of Love. An intermediate state between these is the "lukewarm"; such are neither earnest for God nor utterly indifferent to religion. They are, perhaps, best described as those who take an interest in religion, but whose worship of their idol of good taste, or good form, leads them to regard enthusiasm as ill-bred, and disturbing; and who have never put themselves to any inconvenience, braved any reproach, or abandoned any comfort for Christ's sake, but hoped to keep well with the world, while they flattered themselves that they stood well with God; who were in danger of betraying their Master, Judas-like, with a kiss. With the denunciation of "lukewarmness" here we may compare the exhortation to greater ministerial earnestness addressed to Archippus (Colossians 4:17).

I would . . . .--The wish is not that they might grow cold rather than remain in this lukewarm state, it is more a regret that they are among those who are in a condition which is so liable to self-deception; such a state is "both to God displeasing and to His foes." And this is expressed in startling language, "I am about (such is the force of the words) to spue thee . . . ."

Verse 15. - I know thy works; and because they are not what they should be (vers. 16, 17), I give thee this admonition, which is nevertheless a warning and a token of my love (ver. 19). That thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. The lukewarmness of which the Epistle complains was produced by a fallacious sense of security, begotten of ease and prosperity. In truth those "secure," without care, had become the careless ones. Active opposition may well be a less deadly evil than careless ease. The persecution of a St. Paul may be diverted into the zeal of an apostle; but how can any active good be got from that which is utterly stagnant and without motive power? The man who, by wilful action, increases a disease, may repent of his deed, and try to recover from the danger to which he has exposed himself; but he who lives on in careless ignorance of the existence of the malady can never improve himself until he has awoke to a full knowledge of his own state. Some understand "cold" to mean "untouched by the power of grace," and "lukewarm" to denote those who, having received the grace of God, had not allowed it full scope in bringing forth works meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8). And just as there was more hope of the real conversion of the "cold" publicans and harlots, who "went into heaven" (Matthew 21:31) before the self-satisfied, "lukewarm" Pharisees, so there is more hope of an unconverted sinner than of him who, having once been roused to a sense of God's will, has relapsed into a state of self satisfied indolence and carelessness. The sentence is not a wish that the Laodiceans should become hot or cold; it is a regret that they had not been one or the other. Our Lord is not wishing that any of them may become cold, but regretting that, when he comes to review their conduct and to pronounce judgment, many of them cannot even plead that they "knew not the way of righteousness," but belong to that worse class, "which after they had known it, turned from the holy commandment delivered unto them (2 Peter 2:21; see also John 9:41). 3:14-22 Laodicea was the last and worst of the seven churches of Asia. Here our Lord Jesus styles himself, The Amen; one steady and unchangeable in all his purposes and promises. If religion is worth anything, it is worth every thing. Christ expects men should be in earnest. How many professors of gospel doctrine are neither hot nor cold; except as they are indifferent in needful matters, and hot and fiery in disputes about things of lesser moment! A severe punishment is threatened. They would give a false opinion of Christianity, as if it were an unholy religion; while others would conclude it could afford no real satisfaction, otherwise its professors would not have been heartless in it, or so ready to seek pleasure or happiness from the world. One cause of this indifference and inconsistency in religion is, self-conceit and self-delusion; Because thou sayest. What a difference between their thoughts of themselves, and the thoughts Christ had of them! How careful should we be not to cheat our owns souls! There are many in hell, who once thought themselves far in the way to heaven. Let us beg of God that we may not be left to flatter and deceive ourselves. Professors grow proud, as they become carnal and formal. Their state was wretched in itself. They were poor; really poor, when they said and thought they were rich. They could not see their state, nor their way, nor their danger, yet they thought they saw it. They had not the garment of justification, nor sanctification: they were exposed to sin and shame; their rags that would defile them. They were naked, without house or harbour, for they were without God, in whom alone the soul of man can find rest and safety. Good counsel was given by Christ to this sinful people. Happy those who take his counsel, for all others must perish in their sins. Christ lets them know where they might have true riches, and how they might have them. Some things must be parted with, but nothing valuable; and it is only to make room for receiving true riches. Part with sin and self-confidence, that you may be filled with his hidden treasure. They must receive from Christ the white raiment he purchased and provided for them; his own imputed righteousness for justification, and the garments of holiness and sanctification. Let them give themselves up to his word and Spirit, and their eyes shall be opened to see their way and their end. Let us examine ourselves by the rule of his word, and pray earnestly for the teaching of his Holy Spirit, to take away our pride, prejudices, and worldly lusts. Sinners ought to take the rebukes of God's word and rod, as tokens of his love to their souls. Christ stood without; knocking, by the dealings of his providence, the warnings and teaching of his word, and the influences of his Spirit. Christ still graciously, by his word and Spirit, comes to the door of the hearts of sinners. Those who open to him shall enjoy his presence. If what he finds would make but a poor feast, what he brings will supply a rich one. He will give fresh supplies of graces and comforts. In the conclusion is a promise to the overcoming believer. Christ himself had temptations and conflicts; he overcame them all, and was more than a conqueror. Those made like to Christ in his trials, shall be made like to him in glory. All is closed with the general demand of attention. And these counsels, while suited to the churches to which they were addressed, are deeply interesting to all men.
Jump to Previous
Better Cold Deeds Doings Either Hot Warm Wert Wish Works
Jump to Next
Better Cold Deeds Doings Either Hot Warm Wert Wish Works
Links
Revelation 3:15 NIV
Revelation 3:15 NLT
Revelation 3:15 ESV
Revelation 3:15 NASB
Revelation 3:15 KJV

Revelation 3:15 Bible Apps
Revelation 3:15 Biblia Paralela
Revelation 3:15 Chinese Bible
Revelation 3:15 French Bible
Revelation 3:15 German Bible

Alphabetical: are cold deeds either hot I know neither nor one or other that the were wish you your

NT Prophecy: Revelation 3:15 I know your works that you (Rev. Re Apocalypse) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Revelation 3:14
Top of Page
Top of Page