Revelation 3:2
New International Version
Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.

New Living Translation
Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.

English Standard Version
Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

Berean Study Bible
Wake up and strengthen what remains, which was about to die; for I have found your deeds incomplete in the sight of My God.

Berean Literal Bible
Be watching, and strengthen the things that remain, which are about to die; for I have not found your works having been completed in the sight of My God.

New American Standard Bible
'Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.

King James Bible
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Christian Standard Bible
Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before my God.

Contemporary English Version
Wake up! You have only a little strength left, and it is almost gone. So try to become stronger. I have found that you are not completely obeying God.

Good News Translation
So wake up, and strengthen what you still have before it dies completely. For I find that what you have done is not yet perfect in the sight of my God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before My God.

International Standard Version
Be alert, and strengthen the things that are left, which are about to die. I note that your actions are incomplete before my God.

NET Bible
Wake up then, and strengthen what remains that was about to die, because I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.

New Heart English Bible
Wake up, and keep the things that remain, which were about to die, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Be vigilant and confirm what remains of those things that are ready to die, for I have not found you such that your works are perfect before God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be alert, and strengthen the things that are left which are about to die. I have found that what you are doing has not been completed in the sight of my God.

New American Standard 1977
‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die; for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

King James 2000 Bible
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God.

American King James Version
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God.

American Standard Version
Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I find not thy works full before my God.

Darby Bible Translation
Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, which are about to die, for I have not found thy works complete before my God.

English Revised Version
Be thou watchful, and stablish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine fulfilled before my God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Weymouth New Testament
Rouse yourself and keep awake, and strengthen those things which remain but have well-nigh perished; for I have found no doings of yours free from imperfection in the sight of My God.

World English Bible
Wake up, and keep the things that remain, which you were about to throw away, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God.

Young's Literal Translation
become watching, and strengthen the rest of the things that are about to die, for I have not found thy works fulfilled before God.
Study Bible
To the Church in Sardis
1To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of the One who holds the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation for being alive, yet you are dead. 2Wake up and strengthen what remains, which was about to die; for I have found your deeds incomplete in the sight of My God. 3Remember, then, what you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know the hour when I will come upon you.…
Cross References
Revelation 3:1
To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of the One who holds the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation for being alive, yet you are dead.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, then, what you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know the hour when I will come upon you.

Treasury of Scripture

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God.

watchful.

Revelation 16:15
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Isaiah 56:10
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Isaiah 62:6,7
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, …

strengthen.

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

Deuteronomy 3:28
But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.

Job 4:4-5
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees…

thy works.

1 Kings 11:4
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

1 Kings 15:3
And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.

2 Chronicles 25:2
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.







Lexicon
Wake up
γρηγορῶν (grēgorōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1127: (a) I am awake (in the night), watch, (b) I am watchful, on the alert, vigilant. From egeiro; to keep awake, i.e. Watch.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

strengthen
στήρισον (stērison)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4741: From a presumed derivative of histemi; to set fast, i.e. to turn resolutely in a certain direction, or to confirm.

what
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

remains,
λοιπὰ (loipa)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3062: Left, left behind, the remainder, the rest, the others. Masculine plural of a derivative of leipo; remaining ones.

which
(ha)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

was about
ἔμελλον (emellon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3195: A strengthened form of melo; to intend, i.e. Be about to be, do, or suffer something.

to die;
ἀποθανεῖν (apothanein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 599: To be dying, be about to die, wither, decay. From apo and thnesko; to die off.

for
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

I have found
εὕρηκά (heurēka)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

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.

incomplete
πεπληρωμένα (peplērōmena)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4137: From pleres; to make replete, i.e. to cram, level up, or to furnish, satisfy, execute, finish, verify, etc.

in the sight of
ἐνώπιον (enōpion)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1799: Neuter of a compound of en and a derivative of optanomai; in the face of.

My
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(2) Be watchful.--Rather, become wakeful. It will not do simply to rouse and sleepily grasp at their spiritual weapons, or even to stand for once at arms; you must become of wakeful habit. Strengthen the remaining things which were (when I roused you) about to die; for I have not found thy (or, any of thy) works perfect--completed or fulfilled, fully done in weight and tale and measure--before my God.

Verse 2. - Be watchful; literally, become watching. The use of ψίψνομαι implies that the watchful state is not the normal one - a change is needed before the watching can come about (comp. Revelation 1:9, 10, 18; Revelation 2:8; Revelation 4:2; Revelation 6:12, etc.). The use of the present participle instead of an adjective ("watching!" for "watchful") makes the charge more definite; not merely "be of a watchful character," but "become a watcher" (comp. Revelation 16:10; Mark 1:4; Mark 9:3, 7; Hebrews 5:12). Stablish the things that remain, which were ready to die. The reading, "were ready to die," is the best attested, and as being less smooth than "are ready to die," was more likely to be altered. It anticipates the time when the command will be obeyed: "which were ready to die when thou didst begin to stablish them." No doubt τὰ λοιπά may be masculine in signification, and mean those members of the Church who have still some life in them. But this interpretation anticipates ver. 4, which apparently introduces a new fact. It seems better, therefore, to retain the neuter, and interpret "the things that remain" as meaning the few good elements of faith and practice which still survived. The externals of the Christian life were there; otherwise it could not have been even nominally Christian. And these externals might be made realities to support the revived life of the Church. For I have found no works of thine. The difference between the Authorized Version and the Revised Version here depends upon the presence or absence of the article before ἔργα. The balance of probability is against τά, and its absence makes the reproach stronger. Fulfilled before my God. The substitution of "fulfilled" (Revised Version) for "perfect" (Authorized Version) is important. The Greek is πεπληρωμένα (John 16:24; John 17:13, etc.), not τέλεια (1 John 4:18). And "fulfilled" is better than "complete" (Alford, Tregelles), in order to bring out the connexion with the numerous places in which the same verb occurs, especially in the writings of St. John (Revelation 5:11; John 3:29; John 7:8; John 12:38; John 13:18; John 15:11, 25, etc.; 1 John 1:4 2John 12); in many of which passages "complete" would not stand as a rendering. "Fulfilled," or" made full," means made up to the right standard of excellence. The works of the Sardian Church have been weighed, and found wanting before God. "A minister of Christ is very often in highest honour with men for the performance of one half of his work, while God is regarding him with displeasure for the neglect of the other half." "Before my God" is undoubtedly the true reading, whatever may be the case in Revelation 2:7. Only in the writings of St. John does Jesus Christ speak of the Father as "my God;" and this fact is one more link between the Fourth Gospel and the Apocalypse. In this chapter we have five instances - here and ver. 12 (comp. Revelation 2:7 [possibly] and John 20:17). In Matthew 27:46 Christ adopts the language of Psalm 22:1, and addresses the Father as" my God;" and St. Paul uses similar language (Ephesians 1:17). The expression, "before God" (ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ), is specially common in the Apocalypse and in the writings of St. Luke and of St. Paul; it does not occur in either St. Matthew or St. Mark. 3:1-6. The Lord Jesus is He that hath the Holy Spirit with all his powers, graces, and operations. Hypocrisy, and lamentable decay in religion, are sins charged upon Sardis, by One who knew that church well, and all her works. Outward things appeared well to men, but there was only the form of godliness, not the power; a name to live, not a principle of life. There was great deadness in their souls, and in their services; numbers were wholly hypocrites, others were in a disordered and lifeless state. Our Lord called upon them to be watchful against their enemies, and to be active and earnest in their duties; and to endeavour, in dependence on the grace of the Holy Spirit, to revive and strengthen the faith and spiritual affections of those yet alive to God, though in a declining state. Whenever we are off our watch, we lose ground. Thy works are hollow and empty; prayers are not filled up with holy desires, alms-deeds not filled up with true charity, sabbaths not filled up with suitable devotion of soul to God. There are not inward affections suitable to outward acts and expressions; when the spirit is wanting, the form cannot long remain. In seeking a revival in our own souls, or the souls of others, it is needful to compare what we profess with the manner in which we go on, that we may be humbled and quickened to hold fast that which remains. Christ enforces his counsel with a dreadful threatening if it should be despised. Yet our blessed Lord does not leave this sinful people without some encouragement. He makes honourable mention of the faithful remnant in Sardis, he makes a gracious promise to them. He that overcometh shall be clothed in white raiment; the purity of grace shall be rewarded with the perfect purity of glory. Christ has his book of life, a register of all who shall inherit eternal life; the book of remembrance of all who live to God, and keep up the life and power of godliness in evil times. Christ will bring forward this book of life, and show the names of the faithful, before God, and all the angels, at the great day.
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