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Bible Commentaries

Scofield's Reference Notes

Revelation 2

Verse 6


From nikao, "to conquer," and laos, "the people," or "laity." There is no ancient authority for a sect of the Nicolaitanes. If the word is symbolic it refers to the earliest form of the notion of a priestly order, or "clergy," which later divided an equal brotherhood Matthew 23:8 into "priests" and "laity." What in Ephesus was "deeds" Revelation 2:6 had become in Pergamos a "doctrine Revelation 2:15.

Nicolaitanes Revelation 2:15; Revelation 2:15 contra, ; 1 Peter 5:2; 1 Peter 5:3; Matthew 24:49.

Verse 8


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Verse 12


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Verse 14

The "doctrine" of Balaam

The doctrine of Balaam (CF) (See Scofield " :-") See Scofield " :-" was his teaching Balak to corrupt the people who could not be cursed. ; Numbers 31:15; Numbers 31:16; Numbers 22:5; Numbers 23:8 by tempting them to marry women of Moab, defile their separation, and abandon their pilgrim character. It is that union with the world and the church which is spiritual unchastity. James 4:4. Pergamos had lost the pilgrim character and was "dwelling" Revelation 2:13 "where Satan's throne is," in the world. ; John 12:31; John 14:30; John 16:11.

Verse 17

a white stone

Signifies approval.

Verse 18


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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Revelation 2". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". 1917.