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Revelation 2:27

and he shall rule them with a rod of iron , as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father;
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Iron;   Jesus Continued;   Perseverance;   Quotations and Allusions;   Reward;   Righteous;   Scepter (Sceptre);   Scofield Reference Index - Day (of Jehovah);   Life;   Thompson Chain Reference - Arts and Crafts;   Exaltation-Abasement;   Kings of Israel;   Kingship, Spiritual;   Potters;   Spiritual;   The Topic Concordance - Government;   Obedience;   Victory/overcoming;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Iron;   Perseverance;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Idol, idolatry;   Perseverance;   Thyatira;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Reward;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Patience of God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Thyatira;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Balaam;   Bottle;   Iron (2);   Jeremiah;   Revelation of John, the;   Rod;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Iron;   Minerals and Metals;   Revelation, the Book of;   Rod, Staff;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Asia;   God;   Magi;   Nicolas;   Thyatira;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Adoption;   Arts;   Iron ;   Potter ;   Psalms (2);   Rufus;   Sheep, Shepherd;   Staff;   Thyatira ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Potter;   28 To Feed, Shepherd;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Sepharvaim;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Thyatira;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Thyati'ra,;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Iron;   Potter;   Rod;   Vessel;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Iron;   Rod;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Philippi;   Potter;   Revelation of John:;   Rod;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He shall rule them with a rod of iron - He shall restrain vice by the strictest administration of justice; and those who finally despise the word and rebel shall be broken and destroyed, so as never more to be able to make head against the truth. This seems to refer to the heathen world; and perhaps Constantine the Great may be intended, who, when he overcame Licinius, became the instrument in God's hand of destroying idolatry over the whole Roman empire; and it was so effectually broken as to be ever after like the fragments of an earthen vessel, of no use in themselves, and incapable of being ever united to any good purpose.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron - There is an allusion here to Psalm 2:9; “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter‘s vessel.” There is a slight change in the passage, “he shall rule,” instead of “thou shalt break,” in order to adapt the language to the purpose of the speaker here. The allusion in the Psalm is to the Messiah as reigning triumphant over the nations, or subduing them under him; and the idea here, as in the previous verse, is, that his redeemed people will be associated with him in this dominion. To rule with a scepter of iron, is not to rule with a harsh and tyrannical sway, but with power that is firm and invincible. It denotes a government of strength, or one that cannot be successfully opposed; one in which the subjects are effectually subdued.

As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers - The ironic here is that of the vessel of a potter - a fragile vessel of clay - struck with a rod of iron and broken into fragments. That is, as applied to the nations, there would be no power to oppose His rule; the enemies of his government would be destroyed. Instead of remaining firm and compacted together, they would be broken like the clay vessel of a potter when struck with a rod of iron. The speaker does not intimate when this would be; but all that is said here would be applicable to that time when the Son of God will come to judge the world, and when His saints will be associated with him in his triumphs. As, in respect to all the others of the seven epistles to the churches, the rewards promised refer to heaven, and to the happy state of that blessed world, it would seem also that this should have a similar reference, for there is no reason why “to him that overcame” in Thyatira a temporal reward and triumph should be promised more than in the cases of the others. If so, then this passage should not be adduced as having any reference to an imaginary personal reign of the Saviour and of the saints on the earth.

Even as I received of my Father - As he has appointed me, Psalm 2:6-9.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father:

As the last clause of this verse indicates, the authority Christians are to exercise is "as" the authority that the Father has given Christ. They will "reign with him," not in the literal sense of enjoying temporal authority in human governments, but in the spiritual sense of sharing the holy blessings of his kingdom and of winning others through the gospel of Christ. The twelve apostles, at this very time, are reigning with Christ (Matthew 19:28); and it is inconceivable that anything other than this is implied here. The bizarre notion that some eschatological revolution connected with a literal return of Christ to the earth will suddenly give the reins of human government into the hands of Christians is foreign to the New Testament. "This is not a future millennium text. It is plainly the imagery of the irresistible force of the gospel."[94] "The rod of iron" and the shattering of the "potter's vessels" are merely expressions of that great power.

ENDNOTE:

[94] Foy E. Wallace, Jr., op. cit., p. 96.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron,.... Either with the Gospel, which is the rod of Christ's strength, and is the power of God unto salvation, and by which the kingdom of Christ is enlarged, and the power of the church of Christ over the antichristian party is increased; or it may design great strictness and severity, with which the man of sin will be used by the saints of the most High, when they shall take away his dominion from him:

as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers; which may be expressive either of the breaking of rocky hearts in pieces at conversion, and of making souls humble and contrite; or of the irreparable ruin and destruction of antichrist, when the saints shall consume and destroy him:

even as I received of my Father; Christ, as God, has an underived power and government; but, as Mediator, his rule and power over the nations are asked by him, given to him, and received by him, Psalm 2:8. This "as" does not intend equality, but similitude; and denotes the participation the saints will have with Christ in the judgment and destruction of antichrist, and in his kingdom and power.

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Geneva Study Bible

22 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

(22) The brightness of greatest glory and honour nearest approaching to the light of Christ, who is the Son of righteousness, and our head; (Matthew 4:14), (Matthew 4:16).
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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

From Psalm 2:8, Psalm 2:9.

rule — literally, “rule as a shepherd.” In Psalm 2:9 it is, “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron.” The Septuagint, pointing the Hebrew word differently, read as Revelation here. The English Version of Psalm 2:9 is doubtless right, as the parallel word, “dash in pieces,” proves. But the Spirit in this case sanctions the additional thought as true, that the Lord shall mingle mercy to some, with judgment on others; beginning by destroying His Antichristian foes, He shall reign in love over the rest. “Christ shall rule them with a scepter of iron, to make them capable of being ruled with a scepter of gold; severity first, that grace may come after” (Trench, who thinks we ought to translate “SCEPTER” for “rod,” as in Hebrews 1:8). “Shepherd” is used in Jeremiah 6:3, of hostile rulers; so also in Zechariah 11:16. As severity here is the primary thought, “rule as a shepherd” seems to me to be used thus: He who would have shepherded them with a pastoral rod, shall, because of their hardened unbelief, shepherd them with a rod of iron.

shall they be broken — So one oldest manuscript, Vulgate, Syriac, and Coptic Versions read. But two oldest manuscripts, read, “as the vessels of a potter are broken to shivers.” A potter‘s vessel dashed to pieces, because of its failing to answer the design of the maker, is the image to depict God‘s sovereign power to give reprobates to destruction, not by caprice, but in the exercise of His righteous judgment. The saints shall be in Christ‘s victorious “armies” when He shall inflict the last decisive blow, and afterwards shall reign with Him. Having by faith “overcome the world,” they shall also rule the world.

even as I — “as I also have received of (from) My Father,” namely, in Psalm 2:7-9. Jesus had refused to receive the kingdom without the cross at Satan‘s hands; He would receive it from none but the Father, who had appointed the cross as the path to the crown. As the Father has given the authority to Me over the heathen and uttermost parts of the earth, so I impart a share of it to My victorious disciple.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

He shall rule (ποιμανειpoimanei). Future active of ποιμαινωpoimainō to shepherd (from ποιμηνpoimēn shepherd), also from Psalm 2:8. See again Revelation 7:17; Revelation 12:5; Revelation 19:15.

With a rod of iron (εν ραβδωι σιδηραιen rabdōi sidērāi). Continuing the quotation. Instrumental use of ενen αβδοςRabdos (feminine) is the royal sceptre and indicates rigorous rule.

The vessels of the potter (τα σκευη τα κεραμικαta skeuē ta keramika). Old adjective, belonging to a potter (κεραμευσ κεραμοςkerameusσυντριβεταιkeramos), here only in N.T.

Are broken to shivers (συντριβωsuntribetai). Present passive indicative of suntribō old verb, to rub together, to break in pieces (Mark 14:3).

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Vincent's Word Studies

Shall rule ( ποιμανεῖ )

Lit., shall shepherd. A comparison with Revelation 7:17, brings out the terrible irony in this word. Compare Psalm 2:9, Sept., where the same word is used. A.V., break. See on rule, Matthew 2:6; see on feed, Acts 20:28; see on 1 Peter 5:2; see on Judges 1:12.

Rod ( ῥάβδῳ )

Commonly rendered staff, once sceptre, Hebrews 1:8. This is its meaning here.

Vessels ( σκεύη )

See on goods, Matthew 12:29; see on vessel, 1 Peter 3:7.

Of the potter ( κεραμικὰ )

From κέραμος potter'sclay.

Shall they be broken to shivers

The A.V. follows the reading συντριβήσεται , the future tense of the verb. The correct reading is συντρίβεται , the present tense. Render therefore, as Rev., “as the vessels of the potter are broken.” See on Mark 5:4, and see on bruising, Luke 9:39. The σύν togethergives the picture of the fragments collapsing into a heap.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

And he shall rule them — That is, shall share with me when I do this.

With a rod of iron — With irresistible power, employed on those only who will not otherwise submit; who will hereby be dashed in pieces - Totally conquered.

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

This language closely corresponds with the passage, Psalms 2:8,9. Considered in its connection here, it seems to imply that the tried and faithful servants of God were to become, in some sense, the instruments of executing judgment upon his enemies.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Ver. 27. And he shall rule them] q.d. I will communicate myself wholly to him. See Psalms 139:6-9, Matthew 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:2-3.

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Revelation 2:27. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; "Obtain an absolute dominion over them, either by conversion, or else by destruction." See Psalms 2:9. Lamentations 4:2.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 2:27. ποιμανεῖ) In the Hebrew it is תרועם, Thou shalt break them in pieces, Psalms 2:9, from רעע he broke in pieces, the verb of cognate meaning following, תנפצם Thou shalt scatter them, συντρίψεις αὐτούς. The Septuagint, as though they had read in the former passage תרעם from רעה he fed, have rendered it ποιμανεῖς (Thou shalt feed). The Apocalypse, not through imitation of the Septuagint translators, but on its own authority, uses that word, which is peculiarly appropriate. And in other places, when it refers to ancient prophecy, it most befittingly preserves the peculiarity of the Hebrew text: ch. Revelation 6:16, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 11:4.(44)

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron: an iron rod either signifies a right rod, that will not be easily bent and made crooked; or a severe rod, which is most probably the sense: see Psalms 2:9 Psalms 12:5. The words by the psalmist are applied to Christ, and to the church, Revelation 12:5: to particular saints here, who rule the nations either in Christ their Head, or with Christ as their Chieftain, with the word of God powerfully convincing the world of sin and righteousness.

As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers; and all paganism and heathen idolatries shall be broken in pieces. Or, in the day of judgment, the saints that persevere shall sit with Christ, and judge and condemn the world severely; and then they shall be broken in pieces, never again to be sodered or cemented.

Even as I received of my Father; for such a power and authority my Father hath given me, and I will give it to all them.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

пасти их жезлом железным Во время Тысячелетнего Царства Христос усилит Свою волю и защитит Свою паству Своим железным скипетром от любого, кто посягнет на то, чтобы нанести им вред (ср. Пс. 2:8).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

He shall rule them; reign with Christ over all his foes.

As I received of my Father; Psalms 2:8-9.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 2:27. And as a shepherd he shall tend them with a sceptre of iron. The figure has nothing to do, as so often supposed, with the Homeric title, ‘Shepherd of the people.’ Jesus as King is Shepherd of His own; but He is also Shepherd of His enemies, though in a different way. Hence the ‘iron sceptre,’ for the instrument alluded to is not a rod or shepherd’s crook, but a king’s sceptre (comp. chaps. Revelation 12:5, Revelation 19:15).

The fact that it is of iron brings out the judgment involved.

As vessels of the potter are they broken to shivers, words which cannot be interpreted as expressing ‘a judgment behind which purposes of grace are concealed,’ ‘a threat of love.’ Whether grace may one day be revealed even for those upon whom the judgments spoken of descend, we are not told. Actual facts proved that behind the words, ‘in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,’ such purposes of grace lay: but they were not contained in the words; nor are they here.

As I received of my Father. Again we have the privileges of Christ’s people closely identified with those which He Himself enjoys. He receives of the Father, and what He receives He makes theirs.

It must be noticed that, like all the promises of these Epistles, this promise belongs to the future, not to the present life. The reader, too, will not fail to mark the correspondence between it and the description of the Lord in Revelation 2:18, as well as that between it and the particular trials of this church. A heathen element in Thyatira was threatening to destroy the life of God’s people there. They have given them the assurance of the coming of a time when that element shall be crushed beneath their feet.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

rule. Literally "shepherd", as Matthew 2:6. See Psalms 2:7-9.

rod = sceptre, as Hebrews 1:8. Greek. rhabdos.

as the, &c. See Psalms 2:9.

even as I = as I also.

received = have received.

of. Greek. para. App-104.

Father. App-98.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Rule, [ poimanei (Greek #4165)] - 'rule as a shepherd.' In Psalms 2:9 it is, "Thou shall break them with a rod of iron." The Septuagint, pointing the Hebrew differently, read as Revelation. The English version of Psalms 2:9 (note) is right, as the parallel, "dash in pieces," proves. But the Spirit sanctions the additional thought, that the Lord shall mingle mercy to some with judgment on others: beginning by destroying anti-Christian foes. He shall reign in love over the rest. 'Christ shall rule them with a sceptre of iron, to make them capable of being ruled with a sceptre of gold: severity first, that grace may come after' (Trench, who translates 'SCEPTRE' for "rod," as in Hebrews 1:8). 'Shepherd' is used, in Jeremiah 6:3, of hostile rulers; so Zechariah 11:16. As severity is prominent, 'rule as a shepherd' is used thus: He who would have shepherded them with a pastoral rod, shall because of their hardened unbelief, shepherd them with a rod of iron.

Shall they be broken So B Vulgate Syriac Coptic versions read; but A C 'as the vessels of a potter are Shall they be broken. So B, Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic versions read; but A C, 'as the vessels of a potter are broken to shivers.' A potter's vessel dashed to pieces, because of its failing to answer its makers design, is the image for God's sovereign power to give reprobates to destruction, not by caprice, but in His righteous judgment (Romans 11:21-22). The saints shall be in Christ's victorious 'armies' when He shall inflict the last decisive blow, and afterward shall reign with Him, (Revelation 19:1-21; Revelation 20:1-15.) Having by faith "overcome the world," they shall also rule the world.

Even as I - `as I also have received of (from) my Father,' in Psalms 2:7-9. Jesus refused to receive the kingdom without the Cross at Satan's hands: He would receive it from the Father alone, who appointed the Cross, the path to the crown. As the Father has given the authority to me over the pagan and uttermost parts of the earth, so I impart a share to my victorious disciple.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
he shall
12:5; 19:15; Psalms 2:8,9; 49:14; 149:5-9; Daniel 7:22
even
Matthew 11:27; Luke 22:29; John 17:24
Reciprocal: Exodus 15:6 - dashed;  Leviticus 25:44 - GeneralJoshua 10:24 - put your feet;  Judges 5:13 - he made;  Psalm 31:12 - a broken vessel;  Isaiah 30:14 - he shall break;  Isaiah 40:10 - his arm;  Isaiah 60:12 - GeneralJeremiah 19:11 - Even;  Jeremiah 48:38 - broken;  Ezekiel 21:10 - GeneralDaniel 2:44 - break;  Daniel 7:18 - the saints;  Micah 4:13 - thou shalt;  Matthew 2:6 - a Governor;  Matthew 7:21 - my;  Matthew 19:28 - ye also;  Luke 22:30 - and sit;  1 Corinthians 6:2 - the saints;  Revelation 3:21 - to sit

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

An iron rule does not always mean one of harshness, but that metal should also be thought of as being unyielding and strong and enduring under a strain. All the phrases of this verse should be understood in this figurative sense.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 2:27

Revelation 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron," etc.

Hebrews, that is Christ, { Psalm 2:9} and, he that overcometh by Christ, { Revelation 2:26} to whom God will give power or kingly dominion over the nations, to wit, Christ and the righteousness, who shall have the dominion in the morning. { Psalm 49:14} He shall rule them and govern them with an iron rod, that is to say, according to the laws of God, with the kingly power of Christ, which is signified by his "rod of iron," { Psalm 2:9; Revelation 19:15} and that kingly power is given unto the saints. { Revelation 12:5} And she brought forth a Prayer of Manasseh -Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; which is Christ and his saints, as one mystical Body.

"As the Vessels of a Potter shall they be broken to shivers"

They, who shall not have Christ and his saints to reign over them, {Luke 19:27} and who will not serve Christ and his saints. { Isaiah 60:12}

"Even as I received of my Father"

The same rule, authority, dominion and power which Christ received of God his Father, he will give to his saints over the nations at his second coming, which is undeniably his kingly power. The saints are joint heirs with Christ. { Romans 8:17} In all the blessings and dignities of the New Covenant, whereof that of the kingdom is one. The saints are joined in commission with Jesus Christ in his kingdom, { Revelation 11:15} and they shall judge the world. { 1 Corinthians 2:3}

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Revelation 2:27. And he will tend them with a rod of iron, and as a potter's vessels will he dash them in pieces, as I also have received of my Father. On the tending of the heathen with a rod of iron, comp. on ch. Revelation 12:5, Revelation 19:15.

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Hengstenberg, Ernst. "Commentary on Revelation 2:27". Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/revelation-2.html.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

27.Rule them with a rod of iron—In the Hebrew (Psalms 2:9) the promise is, “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron.” But the Septuagint translators render the Hebrew word for “break,” by a word signifying to superintend them as a shepherd, or briefly, for want of better English, to shepherd them. This was a mistake founded on the sameness of the consonants of the two different Hebrew words. That graceful mistake the heavenly speaker here accepts, and, in accordance with the milder spirit of the gospel dispensation, authorizes it. His sceptre (for so the word rod here imports) is a shepherd’s crook, and yet its iron power, its absolute authority, still remains. What the nature of this power over the nations is, and what the overcomer’s share in it, may be learned from our notes on Matthew 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:2; Revelation 19:11-21; Revelation 20:4.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Revelation 2:27". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/revelation-2.html. 1874-1909.