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Revelation 3:11-12

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3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away 1  your crown. 2  3:12 The one who conquers 3  I will make 4  a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never depart from it. I 5  will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from my God), 6  and my new name as well.

1 tn On the verb λάβῃ (labh) here BDAG 583 s.v. λαμβάνω 2 states, “to take away, remove…with or without the use of force τὰ ἀργύρια take away the silver coins (fr. the temple) Mt 27:6. τὰς ἀσθενείας diseases 8:17. τὸν στέφανον Rv 3:11.”

2 sn Your crown refers to a wreath consisting either of foliage or of precious metals formed to resemble foliage and worn as a symbol of honor, victory, or as a badge of high office – ‘wreath, crown’ (L&N 6.192).

3 tn Or “who is victorious”; traditionally, “who overcomes.”

4 tn Grk “I will make him,” but the pronoun (αὐτόν, auton, “him”) is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated here.

5 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.

6 sn This description of the city of my God is parenthetical, explaining further the previous phrase and interrupting the list of “new names” given here.



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