Revelation 3:19
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New International Version
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

New Living Translation
I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

English Standard Version
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Berean Study Bible
Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent.

Berean Literal Bible
As many as I might love, I rebuke and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

New American Standard Bible
'Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

King James Bible
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Christian Standard Bible
As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent.

Contemporary English Version
I correct and punish everyone I love. So make up your minds to turn away from your sins.

Good News Translation
I rebuke and punish all whom I love. Be in earnest, then, and turn from your sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent.

International Standard Version
I correct and discipline those whom I love, so be serious and repent!

NET Bible
All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent!

New Heart English Bible
As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. Be zealous therefore, and repent.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I rebuke and discipline those whom I love. Be zealous therefore and return.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I correct and discipline everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act.

New American Standard 1977
‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent.

King James 2000 Bible
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

American King James Version
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

American Standard Version
As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance.

Darby Bible Translation
I rebuke and discipline as many as I love; be zealous therefore and repent.

English Revised Version
As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Webster's Bible Translation
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Weymouth New Testament
All whom I hold dear, I reprove and chastise; therefore be in earnest and repent.

World English Bible
As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent.

Young's Literal Translation
'As many as I love, I do convict and chasten; be zealous, then, and reform;
Study Bible
To the Church in Laodicea
18I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, white garments so that you may be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 8:5
So know in your heart that just as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

Proverbs 3:12
for the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

1 Corinthians 11:32
But when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

Hebrews 12:6
For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son."

Revelation 2:5
Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Treasury of Scripture

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.


Deuteronomy 8:5 You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens his …

2 Samuel 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, …

Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not …

Psalm 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

Psalm 39:11 When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty …

Psalm 94:10 He that chastises the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teaches …

Proverbs 3:11,12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary …

Proverbs 15:10 Correction is grievous to him that forsakes the way: and he that …

Proverbs 15:32 He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears …

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction …

Isaiah 26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer …

Jeremiah 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: …

Jeremiah 7:28 But you shall say to them, This is a nation that obeys not the voice …

Jeremiah 10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in your anger, lest you …

Jeremiah 30:11 For I am with you, said the LORD, to save you: though I make a full …

Jeremiah 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised …

Zephaniah 3:2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted …

1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should …

2 Corinthians 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as …

Hebrews 12:5-11 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to …

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …


Numbers 25:11-13 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned …

Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of …

John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your …

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, …

Galatians 4:18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …


Revelation 2:5,21,22 Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do …

(19) I rebuke and chasten.--The first word is that used in the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), and signifies to bring conviction; it is not empty censure. The second word signifies to educate by means of correction. The pronoun is emphatic, "I," and calls attention to the fidelity of Christ's love in comparison with the weak partiality seen in human love. (Comp. Hebrews 12:6.)

Be zealous.--Or, be in a constant zealous state; and now, once for all, repent.

(2�) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.--It is difficult not to see an allusion in this image to Song of Solomon 5:2-6. Perhaps, also, the memory of the first night spent by St. John with his Master and Friend (John 1:39) may have been strong in his mind. Indeed, the life of Christ on earth teems with illustrations which may well have suggested the image (Luke 10:38; Luke 19:5-6; Luke 22:11-13; Luke 24:29-30).

Verse 19. - As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. As many as. Not one whom God loves escapes chastening; if he be not chastened, he is not a son (Hebrews 12:8), for "all have sinned, and come short." "I love" is φιλῶ, I love dearly; not merely ἀγαπῶ. I rebuke (ἐλέγχω), to reprove, so as to convict of sin and turn to repentance; the work of the Holy Ghost, who should "convict the world of sin" (John 16:8). This verse is a solace and encouragement for the Laodi-ceans. They were required to make the sacrifices demanded of them, not so much that they might be punished for their transgressions, but to prove themselves of the number of God's elect. The stern reproof administered was a pruning, which was an evidence of God's loving care for them; the final sentence, "Cut it down," had not yet gone forth. But though thus intended for encouragement rather than condemnation, yet it could not but contain implied reproach, however tender. No one can be exhorted to change his path and to seek that which is holy without being reminded that he is unholy and has wandered from the right way. Those in Laodicea who took this message to heart must needs think of their unchastened life - the life full of prosperity and self-satisfied security, into which so little zeal had been infused, in which so little need for repentance bad been felt. The Church, indeed, needed some of that chastening, that persecution, and hardship, which should arouse her from the perilous slumber of ease into which she had fallen, and call forth some zeal and self-sacrifice, the frequent and natural result of opposition. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten,.... The persons the objects of Christ's love here intended are not angels, but the sons of men; and these not all of them, yet many of them, even all who are his own by his Father's gift and his own purchase; and who are called his church, and sometimes represented as such who love him and obey his commands: the instances of his love to them are many; as his suretyship engagements for them, his assumption of their nature, dying in their room and stead, paying their debts, procuring their peace and pardon, bringing in a righteousness for them, purchasing their persons, his intercession for them, preparations in heaven, supplies of grace, and frequent visits in a kind and familiar manner; and as for the nature of his love, it is free and sovereign, everlasting and immutable, and it is matchless and inconceivable, it is strong and affectionate, and as his Father loved him; and such are rebuked by Christ, not in a way of wrath, but in a tender manner, in order to bring them under a conviction of their sin and of their duty, and of their folly in trusting in, or loving any creature more than himself, and of all their wrong ways; and they are chastened by him, not in a vindictive, but in a fatherly way, which is instructive and teaching to them, and for their good. This seems to refer to some afflictions which Christ was about to bring upon this church, by some means or another, to awaken her out of her sloth and security, and which would be in love to her, and the end be to rouse her zeal and bring her to repentance. Some think this respects the Gog and Magog army, which will encompass the camp of the saints, and the beloved city; but that will not be till after the thousand years' reign, and besides will be no affliction to them; rather it designs the unchurching them, signified by spewing them out of his mouth, Revelation 3:16,

be zealous, therefore, and repent; zeal was what was wanting in this church; which is nothing else than hot, fervent, and ardent love, love in a flame; whereas she was neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm, Christ would have her be "zealous" for God; for his cause and interest, for his Gospel, ordinances, and the discipline of his house, and against everything that is evil; against all false worship, all errors in doctrine, all sin and iniquity; and to be zealous of good works, and in the worship of God, both private and public: and "repent"; in an evangelical way, of her lukewarnmess, remissness, and supineness; of her pride, arrogance, and vain boastings of herself; and of her self-sufficience, self-dependence, and self-confidence. 19. (Job 5:17; Pr 3:11, 12; Heb 12:5, 6.) So in the case of Manasseh (2Ch 33:11-13).

As many—All. "He scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. And shalt thou be an exception? If excepted from suffering the scourge, thou art excepted from the number of the sons" [Augustine]. This is an encouragement to Laodicea not to despair, but to regard the rebuke as a token for good, if she profit by it.

I love—Greek, "philo," the love of gratuitous affection, independent of any grounds for esteem in the object loved. But in the case of Philadelphia (Re 3:9), "I have loved thee" (Greek, "egapesa") with the love of esteem, founded on the judgment. Compare the note in my English Gnomon of Bengel, Joh 21:15-17.

I rebuke—The "I" in the Greek stands first in the sentence emphatically. I in My dealings, so altogether unlike man's, in the case of all whom I love, rebuke. The Greek, "elencho," is the same verb as in Joh 16:8, "(the Holy Ghost) will convince (rebuke unto conviction) the world of sin."

chasten—"chastise." The Greek, "paideu," which in classical Greek means to instruct, in the New Testament means to instruct by chastisement (Heb 12:5, 6). David was rebuked unto conviction, when he cried, "I have sinned against the Lord"; the chastening followed when his child was taken from him (2Sa 12:13, 14). In the divine chastening, the sinner at one and the same time winces under the rod and learns righteousness.

be zealous—habitually. Present tense in the Greek, of a lifelong course of zeal. The opposite of "lukewarm." The Greek by alliteration marks this: Laodicea had not been "hot" (Greek, "zestos"), she is therefore urged to "be zealous" (Greek, "zeleue"): both are derived from the same verb, Greek, "zeo," "to boil."

repent—Greek aorist: of an act to be once for all done, and done at once.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.
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