3:3 Therefore, remember what you received and heard, 1 and obey it, 2 and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never 3 know at what hour I will come against 4 you.
3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away 5 your crown. 6
1 tn The expression πῶς εἴληφας καὶ ἤκουσας (pw" eilhfa" kai hkousa") probably refers to the initial instruction in the Christian life they had received and been taught; this included doctrine and ethical teaching.
2 tn Grk “keep it,” in the sense of obeying what they had initially been taught.
3 tn The negation here is with οὐ μή (ou mh, the strongest possible form of negation in Koine Greek).
4 tn Or “come on.”
5 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.”
6 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).