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Revelation 13:10

If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Patience;   Vision;   War;   The Topic Concordance - Empires/world Powers;   Violence;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Patience;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Endurance;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Antichrist;   Order;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Antichrist;   Captivity;   Iron (2);   Shallum;   Zimri;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Apocalyptic;   Patience;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Antichrist;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Antichrist ;   Authority;   Beast;   Patience;   Perseverance;   Wandering Stars;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Lucifer ;   Prophets, the;   Roman Empire;   Saint;   33 Patience Long-Suffering Forbearance;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Antichrist;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity - The Latin empire here spoken of must go into captivity, because it has led into captivity, by not only propagating among the various nations its abominable antichristian system, but also in compelling them to embrace it under the penalty of forfeiting the protection of the empire.

He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword - The Latin empire must be also broken to pieces by the sword, because it has killed the saints of God. This prophecy will not receive its full accomplishment till the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ.

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints - By these words, as Dr. Mitchell observes, "God calls upon his saints to keep in view, under all their persecutions, his retributive justice; there is no violence that has been exercised upon them but what shall be retaliated upon the cruel and persecuting government and governors of the Latin empire."

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He that leadeth into captivity - This is clearly intended to refer to the power or government which is denoted by the beast. The form of expression here in the Greek is special - “If anyone leadeth into captivity,” etc. - Εἴ τις αἰχμαλωσίαν συνάγει Ei tis aichmalōsian sunageiThe statement is general, and is intended to make use of a general or prevalent truth with reference to this particular case. The general truth is, that people will, in the course of things, be dealt with according to their character and their treatment of others; that nations characterized by war and conquests will be subject to the evils of war and conquest - or that they may expect to share the same lot which they have brought on others. This general statement accords with what the Saviour says in Matthew 26:52; “All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” This has been abundantly illustrated in the world; and it is a very important admonition to nations not to indulge in the purposes of conquest and to individuals not to engage in strife and litigation. The particular idea here is, that it would be a characteristic of the power here referred to that it would “lead others into captivity.” This would be fulfilled if it was the characteristic of this power to invade other countries and to make their inhabitants prisoners of war; if it made slaves of other people; if it set up an unjust dominion over other people; or if it was distinguished for persecuting and imprisoning the innocent, or for depriving the nations of liberty. It is unnecessary to say that this is strikingly descriptive of Rome, considered in any and every point of view, whether under the republic or the empire, whether secular or ecclesiastical, whether pagan or papal. In the following forms there has been a complete fulfillment under that mighty power of what is here said:

(a)In the desire of conquest or of extending its dominion, and, of course, leading others captive as prisoners of war or subjecting them to slavery.

(b)In its persecutions of true Christians, alike pursued under the pagan and the papal form of the administration.

(c)Especially in the imprisonments practiced under the Inquisition, where tens of thousands have been reduced to the worst kind of captivity. In every way this description is applicable to Rome, as seeking to lead the world captive or to subject it to its own absolute sway.

Shall go into captivity - As a just recompense for subjecting others to bondage, and as an illustration of a general principle of the divine administration. This is yet, in a great measure, to be fulfilled; and, as I understand it, it discloses the manner in which the papal secular power will come to an end. It will be by being subdued, so that it might seem to be made captive and led off by some victorious host. Rome now is practically held in subjection by foreign arms, and has no true independence; perhaps this will be more and more so as its ultimate fall approaches.

He that killeth with the sword - See the notes as above, on Matthew 26:52. There can be no doubt that this is applicable to Rome in all the forms of its administration considered as a pagan power; or considered as a nominally Christian power, either with reference to its secular or its spiritual dominion. Compute the numbers of human beings that have been put to death by that Roman power, and no better language could have been chosen to characterize it than what is used here - “killed with the sword.” Compare the notes on Daniel 7:24-28, II. (3), (g).

Must be killed with the sword - This domination must be brought to an end by war and slaughter. Nothing is more probable than this in itself; nothing could be more in accordance with the principles of the divine dealings in the world. Such a power as that of Rome will not be likely to be overcome but by the force of arms; and the probability is that it will ultimately be overthrown in a bloody revolution, or by foreign conquest. Indeed, there are not a few intimations now that this result is hastening on. Italy is becoming impatient of the secular power swayed in connection with the papacy, and sighs for freedom; and it is every way probable that that land would have been free, and that the secular power of the papacy, if not every form of the papacy itself, would have come to an end in the late convulsion (1848), if it had not been for the intervention of France and Austria. The period designated by prophecy for the final overthrow of that power had not arrived; but nothing can secure its continuance for any very considerable period longer.

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints - That is, the trial of their patience and of their faith. Nowhere on earth have the patience and the faith of the saints been put to a severer test than under the Roman persecutions. The same idea occurs in Revelation 14:12.

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The Biblical Illustrator

Revelation 13:10

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.

Retribution on the enemies of the Church

Observe here--

1. That this acclamation, “It any man have an ear, let him hear,” is added in Scripture when something required s spiritual understanding to discern the meaning. Let him consider what is here revealed concerning this beast, and take heed that he be not found amongst the number of the worshippers of it.

2. The consolation here given to the saints from the consideration of God’s just retribution to His and their enemies, “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity,” that is, the beast who has brought many of the saints into captivity shall himself at length be taken captive (Revelation 19:20). With what measure antichrist metes to others it shall be measured to him again; God has as many ways to hurt His Church’s enemies as they have to hurt His people.

3. The end and design of God in suffering antichrist’s rage to break forth against the Church; it is for the trial of the Church’s faith and patience. Note--

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

If any man is for captivity, into captivity he goeth: if any man shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

If any man is for captivity, into captivity he goeth ... This means, "Whatever is involved in following Christ, the Christian must accept."[65]

The different translations of this passage give different meanings, thus:

KJV: "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. He that killeth with the sword must be killed by the sword."

This, of course, makes the meaning applicable to the persecutors. The nations that persecute God's people shall themselves be destroyed; and there are many historical examples of this happening.

RSV: "If any one is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; If any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain."

It is by the device of construing this as a pair of parallel statements that the RSV makes the meaning of both parts the same; the Christian must accept either captivity or death.

ASV: In this version, the first half teaches Christian submission to whatever befalls him; and the second part is a warning against resisting the persecuting power by means of the sword, thus:

If any man shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed ... This means that, "Christianity can never be defended by force; the man who takes the sword perishes by the sword."[66] Ladd interpreted the passage to mean that, "There is divine retribution; the last word is not with the persecutor."[67] Dummelow thought it means, "Christians are not to fight against the persecutors, but are to submit to God's will."[68] In this interpretation Dummelow (1937) anticipated the RSV. Caird likewise accepted this view, basing it on the final clause.[69] Lenski was equally certain that KJV is correct, adding that, "This is not a warning for saints to let the sword alone."[70] He thought the passage was given as a comfort to Christians, the comfort coming from this revelation of, "Where their enemies are going and how those enemies must end."[71] Of these various views, this writer favors those of Ladd and Lenski.

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints ... The knowledge that right shall finally triumph, that evil may indeed win the battle but can never win the war, the absolute certainty of the ultimate triumph of righteousness - these are the considerations which, alone, can establish the hearts of Christians when the skies are clouded with the smoke of their burning. Of course, the principle that it is wrong for the church to take up carnal weapons in its own defense is true; but this was not the place for emphasizing such a truth. Where could the comfort have been if that had been John's meaning here?

[65] William Barclay, op. cit., p. 97.

[66] Ibid.

[67] George Eldon Ladd, op. cit, p. 182.

[68] J. R. Dummelow, op. cit., p. 1083.

[69] G. B. Caird, op. cit., p. 170.

[70] R. C. H. Lenski, op. cit., p. 402.

[71] Ibid.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity,.... As the devil, by whom men are led captive at his will, and the Romish antichrist, who leads multitudes of souls to hell; these shall be taken and cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. The JewsF7Pirke Abot, c. 5. sect. 9. have a saying, that

"captivity comes into the world for idolatry, uncleanness, and murder;'

which three things are notorious in the Romish antichrist: and in the same treatise they sayF8Ib. sect. 8. , that the sword, the next judgment mentioned, comes into the world for delay of justice, and the perversion of it.

He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword; the design of the phrase is to show, that there will be a just retaliation made to the antichristian beast, for all his cruelty to the saints, and the murders of them; and that because he has shed much blood of the saints, blood shall be given him to drink, and he shall be used in like manner he has used others; see Genesis 9:6 Matthew 26:52.

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints; meaning either that hereby, through the cruelties and barbarities of the Romish antichrist, the patience and faith of the saints are tried; and that they have great need of them, and of the exercise of them, under such usages; and that these being tried, and continue, will receive much commendation, honour, and praise; or else the sense is, that it requires both faith and patience in the saints, to believe that antichrist will be thus destroyed, and to wait quietly till the time comes. The Arabic version reads, "here is the patience and prayers of the saints": who cry, how long will it be ere our blood is avenged? and have need of patience to rest a while, till their prayers are answered.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

He that leadeth into captivity — A, B, C, and Vulgate read, “if any one (be) for captivity.”

shall go into captivityGreek present, “goeth into captivity.” Compare Jeremiah 15:2, which is alluded to here. Aleph, B, and C read simply, “he goeth away,” and omit “into captivity.” But A and Vulgate support the words.

he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword — So B and C read. But A reads, “if any (is for) being (literally, ‹to be‘) killed with the sword.” As of old, so now, those to be persecuted by the beast in various ways, have their trials severally appointed them by God‘s fixed counsel. English Version is quite a different sense, namely, a warning to the persecutors that they shall be punished with retribution in kind.

Here — “Herein”: in bearing their appointed sufferings lies the patient endurance  …  of the saints. This is to be the motto and watchword of the elect during the period of the world kingdom. As the first beast is to be met by patience and faith (Revelation 13:10), the second beast must be opposed by true wisdom (Revelation 13:18).

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

If any man is for captivity (ει τις εις αιχμαλωσιανei tis eis aichmalōsian). Condition of first class, but with no copula (εστινestin) expressed. For αιχμαλωσιανaichmalōsian (from αιχμαλωτοςaichmalōtos captive) see Ephesians 4:8, only other N.T. example. Apparently John means this as a warning to the Christians not to resist force with force, but to accept captivity as he had done as a means of grace. Cf. Jeremiah 15:2. The text is not certain, however.

If any man shall kill with the sword (ει τις εν μαχαιρηι αποκτενειei tis en machairēi apoktenei). First-class condition with future active of αποκτεινωapokteinō not future passive, for it is a picture of the persecutor drawn here like that by Jesus in Matthew 26:52.

Must he be killed (δει αυτον εν μαχαιρηι αποκταντηναιdei auton en machairēi apoktanthēnai). First aorist passive infinitive of αποκτεινωapokteinō The inevitable conclusion (δειdei) of such conduct. The killer is killed.

Here (ωδεhōde). In this attitude of submission to the inevitable. For ωδεhōde see Revelation 13:18; Revelation 14:12; Revelation 17:9. “Faith” (πιστιςpistis) here is more like faithfulness, fidelity.

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Vincent's Word Studies

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity ( εἴ τις αἰχμαλωσίαν συνάγει, εἰς αἰχμαλωσίαν ὑπάγει )

Lit., if any one assemble captivity (i.e., bring together captives) into captivity he goeth away. The best texts insert εἰς intobefore the first captivity, and omit assemble, thus reading if any man is for captivity into captivity he goeth. So Rev. See on dispersion, John 7:35. Compare Jeremiah 15:2; Jeremiah 43:11. The persecutors of the Church shall suffer that which they inflict on the saints.

Sword ( μαχαὶρῃ )

See on Revelation 6:4.

Here

In the thought that God judgeth in the earth.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Ver. 10. He that leadeth into captivity] q.d. Be of good cheer; Antichrist shall one day meet with his match, drink as he brewed, be paid in his own coin, filled with his own ways, have blood again to drink, for he is worthy. See Isaiah 33:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:6.

Here is the patience] q.d. Here is matter for the trial exercise and increase of the saints’ graces. Hard weather tries what health. The walnut tree is most fruitful when most beaten. Or, here is support for the saints, and that which may well make them to hold out faith and patience.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 13:10. αἰχμαλωσίαν συνάγει) The LXX. have συγκλείειν αἰχμαλωσίαν, εἰσάγειν αἰχμαλωσίαν, ἄγειν αἰχμαλωσίαν, respecting the vanquished who are led away into captivity: but in 1 Maccab. Revelation 14:7, it is said, συνήγαγεν αἰχμαλωσίαν πολλήν· that is, Simon freed and brought together many, who had been captives. Also 1 Maccab. Revelation 3:9; Revelation 3:13, συνήγαγεν ἀπολλυμένους, ἤθροισεν ἄθροισμα. And this notion agrees with this passage, in this sense: if any one supplies and equips captives, he will be taken captive.— ὑπάγει, goes away) being easily led away.— ἀποκτένει) The present, as συνάγει. κτένω, κτέννω, and κτείνω, are the same.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

As it was God’s manner by the prophets of old, when he had denounced judgments against his people, to comfort them by a prediction of the ruin of their enemies; so here, by this his New Testament prophet, he assureth his church, that antichrist also should have his period, and have the same measure meted to him which he had meted out to others, by leading into captivity, and killing with the sword: and indeed, there are no sins which God doth so ordinarily punish by retaliation, as sins against justice and mercy, (of which nature persecutions are the most eminent), Isaiah 33:1,2.

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints; that is, there is a time for God’s people to exercise their faith and patience: patience, because they are like to wait for deliverance a long time, and to suffer many sharp things in the mean time; and faith, because their deliverance will be a thing out of sight, of which they will have no security but from the promise of God.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Призыв к верующим быть готовыми переносить преследования антихриста со стойкостью и долготерпением. Бог избрал несколько верующих, и они были заключены в тюрьму и казнены. Они не должны были противиться (ср. Мф. 26:51-54; 2Кор. 10:4), но терпеливо принять страдания, которые Бог устанавливает для них (ср. 1Пет. 2:19-24).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Shall go into captivity-killed with the sword; the time would come when the persecutors would be destroyed. God would render vengeance to his enemies. Till then, his people, while active and persevering in duty, should wait with patience. When persecutors of God’s people have gone as far as he sees fit to suffer them, and have accomplished what he intended, he will turn his hand against them, and punish them according to their deserts. Jeremiah 25:9-14; Jeremiah 27:6-7; Jeremiah 50:1-19.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘Here is the patient endurance and faith of God’s people (the saints).’

God’s people rest in the will of God and trust Him through adversity recognising that He is over all, whatever happens. They know that their fate is in the hands of the God Who will one day raise them from the dead and give them rich rewards.

Note. The Continuing Nature Of This Vision.

As we have demonstrated the first reference of this chapter is to the blasphemous claims of Imperial Rome and its idolatrous religion. However, the genius of apocalyptic lies in its ability to convey intrinsic ideas and that is nowhere more true than here. John’s eyes were naturally on Rome but the wild beast will in its essential nature go on through the ages, for anti-Christ will ever arise and it thus represents anti-Christ and his empires wherever such are found (chapter 17). The essential wild beast did not die with the Roman Empire.

It must, however, be granted that this empire as an ‘idea’ has in fact itself reared its head a number of times through the ages. Charlemagne, the grand dukes of Moscow (16th century) and Mussolini (20th century) have all seen themselves as reviving it, and the Roman church has until fairly recently perpetuated the idea and still utilises the title Pontifex Maximus used by the Roman emperors.

Wherever religions and philosophies set themselves up against Christ, seeking to set up something to replace Him and enforcing themselves by political persuasion, there we have the wild beast, there we have anti-Christ (that which stands over against Christ) represented by the wild beast. Whether it be the rise of Islam, the degenerate kings and worldly popes of the Middle Ages, Russian and Chinese communism, the modern rise of Islam, or whatever else, each simply carries on the role of the wild beast. They depict man as he really is.

We therefore do not need to doubt that if Christ delays His coming yet other anti-Christs will arise as the end approaches, possibly, but not necessarily, even connected with Rome in a revived ‘Roman Empire’. There is the wild beast who was and is not (Revelation 17:8), and will yet ‘be’, to come again. And when he does come we will be able to apply these chapters to him because the monster’s method and approach do not change.

In chapter 13 the Roman Empire is primarily in John’s mind, but only because Rome was the bestial empire of that time. That the idea stretches further chapter 17 makes clear. The message of Revelation applied to the idea of ‘anti-Christ’ and did not fade out or cease to be meaningful at the fall of ancient Rome. Its essential teaching applies throughout history, and will apply until the end. In the end anti-Christ, whatever its form, will be destroyed by the manifestation of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8).

End of note.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

God promised the saints that those He has destined for captivity (i.e, Antichrist, his followers, and the saints) will eventually end up as captives (cf. Jeremiah 15:2; Jeremiah 43:11). Those who kill others (the others being believers in Jesus Christ, Revelation 13:7) will die (cf. Matthew 26:52). This assurance that God will execute justice should encourage the saints to persevere steadfastly and to trust God during this period of intense persecution and martyrdom (cf. Revelation 14:12). Possibly God meant that believers should willingly submit to whatever fate was in store for them and not resist their persecutors. [Note: Swete, p168.] The whole verse is an encouragement for believers to submit to the sovereignty of God realizing that He has permitted Antichrist"s activity but that they are secure. It also assures them of divine retribution and urges them to persevere faithfully.

The First Beast Is The Little Horn

The First Beast
( Revelation 13:1-8)

The Little Horn
( Daniel 7:7-28)

"All who dwell on the earth will worship him" ( Revelation 13:8).

Both have a worldwide empire.

"It will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it" ( Daniel 7:7; Daniel 7:23).

"The woman . . . was nourished [in the wilderness] for a time and times and half a time" ( Revelation 12:14).

Both have victory over the saints for three and one-half years.

"The saints . . . will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time" ( Daniel 7:25).

"The beast was . . . thrown alive into the lake of fire" ( Revelation 19:20).

Messiah destroys both at His second advent.

"The beast was slain . . . and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever" ( Daniel 7:11; Daniel 7:26).

"Those who had not worshiped the beast . . . came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years" ( Revelation 20:4-6).

Immediately following both their destructions the saints will receive the messianic kingdom.

"Then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints" ( Daniel 7:22; Daniel 7:27).

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 13:10. If any one is for captivity, into captivity he goeth: if any one shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed. In a climax of two clauses consolation is afforded to the righteous amidst all their trials. There is a lex talionis in the dealings of God. They who lead His people into captivity, they who kill them with the sword, shall experience a similar fate.

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. For surely there is enough to nerve our patience and to stimulate our faith in the thought that ‘God judgeth in the earth,’ and that it is a righteous thing with Him ‘to recompense tribulation’ to them that trouble His people.

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Here is the patience, &c. Here is the motive of the patience and the faith of the saints, or the servants of God in this world. By faith they rely on the promises of God for the reward of their patience, and leave him to vindicate as he may judge fit their cause with respect to their persecutors. (Pastorini)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Revelation 13:10". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/revelation-13.html. 1859.

Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

What a consolation it must have been to suffering Christians to know God was aware of their persecutions and would appropriately punish their persecutors. This would also warn against taking up the sword to avenge such persecutions. Christians patiently endure to the end knowing the One on the throne will judge all and set things right.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

He that, &c. = If any one is for captivity, into captivity he goeth; if any one is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he is killed. Hebrew idioms for destiny. See Jeremiah 15:2; Jeremiah 43:11. Ezekiel 5:2, Ezekiel 5:12. Zechariah 11:9. None will escape the beast.

He that. Read, If any one (App-123.)

faith. App-150.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Revelation 13:10". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/revelation-13.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

He that leadeth into captivity. A B C, Vulgate, read, 'if anyone (be) for captivity.'

Shall go into captivity - present, 'goeth into captivity.' A, Vulgate; Jeremiah 15:2 is alluded to: 'Aleph (') B C read simply, 'he goeth away,' and omit "into captivity."

He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. So 'Aleph ('); but B C, Vulgate, 'shall kill;' A omits "must:" 'if any (be) for being killed, (it must be) that he be killed.' As of old, so those to be persecuted by the beast have their trials severally appointed by God's fixed counsel. 'Aleph (') B C reading is, a warning to persecutors that they shall be punished in kind.

Here - Herein: in bearing their appointed sufferings lies the persevering endurance of the saints. This is to be the watchword of the elect during this period. The first beast is to be met by patience and faith (Revelation 13:10); the second by true wisdom (Revelation 13:18; Revelation 16:13; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10).

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(10) This verse may read: If any one (is) for captivity, into captivity he goeth; if any one to be hilled by the sword, he should by the sword be killed. If we read the verse thus, it is generally understood to be a caution to the suffering saints that there is nothing for them but to endure, just as Jeremiah told his countrymen that those who were for death must go out to meet it, and those who were for sword or captivity must face them (Jeremiah 15:2). But is not this a warning to them that the way of the Church’s victory lay through suffering captivity and meeting sword, and that the temptation to take the sword or seize the weapons of their foes would be fatal to their true success? The spirit of the words reminds them that their weapons are the weapons of faith and patience, of truth and righteousness; and they must accept the tribulation, as their Lord did His cross, because thus it must be. At the same time, their very doing so is a witness to their foes that “all those who take the sword will perish with the sword;” and that the sword, from which the saints do not shrink, will assuredly turn against those who use it. Here (i.e., in the enduring of these persecutions, and amid so many temptations, not seizing easy, world-like methods of saving themselves) is the endurance and faith of the saints.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
that leadeth
Exodus 21:23-25; Isaiah 14:2; 33:1; Matthew 7:2
he that killeth
16:6; Genesis 9:5,6; Isaiah 26:21; Matthew 26:52
Here
1:9; 2:2,19; 3:3,10; 14:12; Lamentations 3:26; Habakkuk 2:3; Luke 18:1-8; 21:19; Colossians 1:11; Hebrews 6:12; 10:36,37; 12:3,4; James 1:2-4; 5:7,8
Reciprocal: Genesis 42:22 - his blood;  Judges 1:7 - as I have;  Isaiah 21:2 - the treacherous;  Jeremiah 30:16 - GeneralEzekiel 39:10 - shall spoil;  Daniel 8:24 - shall destroy;  Daniel 11:45 - he shall come;  Joel 3:7 - and will;  Romans 8:25 - with patience;  Romans 12:12 - patient;  2 Thessalonians 3:5 - and into;  Hebrews 12:1 - with patience;  2 Peter 1:6 - patience;  Revelation 6:4 - power;  Revelation 11:18 - shouldest;  Revelation 16:7 - true;  Revelation 18:6 - Reward

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 13:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-13.html.

E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

He that leadeth . . . shall go, etc. The verse is a statement of principle that is true in whatever domain of human activity it is considered. It is the rule of moral law and it is also true on the basis of cause and effect. It is the rule that Paul has in mind where he says, "Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap" ( Galatians 6:7). Here is the patience and faith of the saints. This means that when all these commotions are taking place under the wicked powers of the world, the saints (Christians) will have an opportunity of proving their faith and patience by ifomaining steadfast and true to the Lord..

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.He that leadeth—This verse is very incorrectly translated. It should be: He that is (destined) into captivity goeth into captivity; he that is (destined) to be slain by the sword must be slain by the sword. For the despot is relentless, and the martyr must suffer. And so it is well added, Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The second (earth-born) or two-horned beast=The hierarchy of the spiritual empire=Clergy, 11-14.

 

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