Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Revelation 22:12

"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jesus Continued;   Judgment;   Readings, Select;   Reward;   Righteous;   Scofield Reference Index - Judgments;   Thompson Chain Reference - Future, the;   Heaven;   Heavenly;   Home;   Judgment;   Living Water;   Proportionate Reward;   Reward;   Reward-Punishment;   Water;   Water of Life;   Wells;   The Topic Concordance - Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;   Rendering;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Reward of Saints, the;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Day of the lord;   Good works;   Jesus christ;   Judgment;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Condemnation;   Holy, Holiness;   Prophet, Christ as;   Reward;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Obedience;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Heaven;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Resurrection;   Revelation of John, the;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Human Free Will;   Revelation, the Book of;   Works;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Revelation, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Alpha and Omega (2);   Attributes of Christ;   Brotherly Love;   Hire;   Reward;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Judgement;   Revelation, the;   Rewards;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Give;   Revelation of John:;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for October 29;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Behold, I come quickly - I come to establish nay cause, comfort and support my followers, and punish the wicked.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/revelation-22.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And behold, I come quickly - See the notes on Revelation 1:1, Revelation 1:3. These are undoubtedly the words of the Redeemer; and the meaning is, that the period when the unchanging sentence would be passed on each individual - on the unjust, the filthy, the righteous, and the holy - would not be remote. The design of this seems to be to impress on the mind the solemnity of the truth that the condition hereafter will soon be fixed, and to lead people to prepare for it. In reference to each individual, the period is near when it is to be determined whether he will be holy or sinful to all eternity. What thought could there be more adapted to impress on the mind the importance of giving immediate attention to the concerns of the soul?

And my reward is with me - I bring it with me to give to every man: either life or death; heaven or hell; the crown or the curse. He will be prepared immediately to execute the sentence. Compare Matthew 16:27 note; Romans 2:6 note; 2 Corinthians 5:10 note.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-22.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And, behold, I come quickly,..... This is repeated, to confirm the truth of Christ's second coming, and the speediness of it, and to point at the time when the above shall be, and to add what follows.

And my reward is with me: which words are taken out of Isaiah 40:10 and which being compared together, furnish out a clear proof of Christ being the true Jehovah, the eternal God. There is a reward of debt, or a due reward, a reward of punishment, which is the just recompense of reward, which, shall be righteously given to wicked men for their sin, Hebrews 2:2 and there is a reward of grace, which is also called the recompence of reward, the reward of the inheritance, which is no other than the gift of eternal life, which God of his free grace bestows upon his people, Hebrews 11:26 and both these are with Christ; they are in his hands, he has authority from God, as Mediator, to inflict vengeance on the wicked, and to give eternal life to his people; both which he will do, for this is with him:

to give every man according as his work shall be; if his work is evil, and he is an unjust and filthy man, and the course of his conversation has been vicious, the reward of debt, or just punishment, will be rendered to him; but if his work is the fruit of grace, and he has had his conversation in the world by the grace of God, and he is a righteous person, justified by the righteousness of Christ, and a holy, good man, sanctified by the Spirit of God, the reward of grace, the crown of righteousness, will be given to him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-22.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

6 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

(6) The second part belonging to the use of this book, as I said {See (Revelation 22:10) }. Also (says God by the angel) though there should be no use of this book to men: yet it shall be of this use to me, that it is a witness of my truth to my glory, who will come shortly, to give and execute just judgment, in this verse; who have taught that all these things have their being in me, (Revelation 22:13), and have pronounced blessedness to my servants in the Church, (Revelation 22:14) and reprobation to the ungodly (Revelation 22:15).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/revelation-22.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

And — in none of our manuscripts. But A, B, Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic, and Cyprian omit it.

behold, I come quickly — (Compare Revelation 22:7).

my reward is with me — (Isaiah 40:10; Isaiah 62:11).

to giveGreek, “to render.”

every manGreek, “to each.

shall be — so B in Mai. But B in Tischendorf, and A, Syriac, read, “is.”

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/revelation-22.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

My reward is with me (ο μιστος μου μετ εμουho misthos mou met' emou). It is Christ speaking again and he repeats his promise of coming quickly as in Revelation 22:7. He speaks now as the Rewarder (ο μισταποδοτηςho misthapodotēs) of Hebrews 11:6. Cf. Revelation 11:18; Isaiah 40:10; Isaiah 62:11.

To render (αποδουναιapodounai). Second aorist active infinitive of purpose of αποδιδωμιapodidōmi to give back. Each will receive the reward according to his own work (Revelation 2:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:26).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/revelation-22.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

My reward is with me ( ὁ μισθός μου μετ ' ἐμοῦ )

Μισθός rewardis strictly wages. Compare Isaiah 40:10; Isaiah 62:11. See on 2 Peter 2:13.

To give ( ἀποδοῦναι )

Lit., to give back or in return for, thus appropriate to μισθός rewardHence Rev., better, render. See on give an account, Luke 16:2; and see on gave, Acts 4:33.

Shall be ( ἔσται )

Read ἐστιν isi0.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/revelation-22.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

I — Jesus Christ.

Come quickly — To judge the world.

And my reward is with me — The rewards which I assign both to the righteous and the wicked are given at my coming.

To give to every man according as his work — His whole inward and outward behaviour shall be.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Ver. 12. Behold, I come quickly] Therefore quicken your pace, bestir yourselves lustily; your time is short, your task is long, your wages inconceivable.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The former verses contained a dialogue or interlocutory discourse between the angel and St. John: here Christ begins to speak, and continues his speech to the middle of the 20th verse, wherein he declares, that it will not be long before he comes to judge the world, to give unto those who are good everlasting happiness, and to them that are evil everlasting punishment.

Here observe, 1. An excitation, Behold!

2. The celestial object, Christ Jesus, I come quickly.

And, 3. The end of his coming, My reward is with me to render to every one according to his works.

Learn hence, 1. That the notices of our Lord's coming to judgment, are usually, in scripture, ushered in with great solemnity, with a mark of attention and observation; this word, Behold, is generally prefixed and set before; thus, Jude 1:25.

Behold! the Lord cometh with then thousand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all. So the apostle James gives an awful admonition, Behold! the judge standeth before the door, ready to pass a final sentence. And St. John in this book of the Revelation seldom speaks of Christ's coming, but he breaks forth into an ecstasy of admiration: Behold! he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they which pierced him.

Learn, 2. That the special distribution of rewards and punishments is reserved until the second coming and appearance of Jesus Christ: My reward is with me to give to every man according to his work.

Learn, 3. That it is our wisdom and duty to represent, by actual and solemn thoughts, the certain and speedy coming of Christ to the righteous judgment of the world: I come; behold, I come; behold, I come quickly, to render unto every man according to his works.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I come quickly, to the last judgment, as before, Revelation 22:7.

And my reward is with me; I bring with me a power and authority to recompense every man according to what he hath done, Revelation 20:13 Daniel 12:2 Matthew 25:34,35, &c.; Romans 2:6.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

гряду скоро См. пояснение к 3:11. Опять неизбежность, опять близость конца всему (ср. Мк. 13:33-37).

по делам его Только те дела, которые пройдут Божий испытывающий огонь, имеют ценность в вечности и достойны награды (1Кор. 3: 10-15; 4:1-5; 2Кор. 5:10).

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to each man according as his work is.

Behold, I come quickly For discussion of this, see under Revelation 22:7.

And my reward is with me, to render to each man ... The coming of Christ in the New Testament is invariably associated with the final judgment of the good and bad alike, the good to receive eternal life, and the wicked to receive the second death.

In this verse, "The words take the first person and become the very words of Christ."[60] Although Roberts understood the "coming" here to be not the Second Coming, but his coming in the great ordeal the church was confronting, such views do not take into account the rewards and punishments clearly associated with it in the text. These indicate the Second Coming of Christ in glory to judge the living and the dead. Limiting this to the period of the persecutions coming upon the church when John wrote comes from the acceptance of a narrow preterist system of interpreting this prophecy. The people who passed through that persecution did not receive their rewards then; at least Paul didn't (2 Timothy 2:4).

The usual knee-jerk response to a verse such as this may be illustrated by, "John had no expectation that this age of human history would last even a generation, to say nothing of centuries."[61] Such a dictum flows out of a comprehensive misunderstanding of this whole prophecy, to say nothing of the entire New Testament. See the "Speedy Return of Christ," in my Commentary on 1Thessalonians, pp. 18-20.

According as his work is ... That the final judgment will be related to the deeds of men is so clear and so often repeated in the New Testament that the interpretative denials of it are continuously refuted and checkmated.

[60] J. W. Roberts, op. cit., p. 196.

[61] Martin Rist, op. cit., p. 546.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me to render to each man according to his work (his attitude and behaviour).’

Again without warning we find words of Jesus Christ. John expects us to use discernment. (John’s Gospel also ends in statements whose author or authors the discerning reader has to determine - John 21:24-25). We have the same vagueness here). Again we are solemnly warned by Christ that His coming is imminent, and that when He comes all must give account (see Revelation 2:23; Revelation 20:12).

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Jesus Christ repeated His promise to return soon ( Revelation 22:7; cf. Revelation 1:3; Revelation 22:20).

"Nowhere is a date set, nor was there any definite promise that the consummation would occur within the lifetime of the first century Christians. Nevertheless, the possibility of the Lord"s advent was always present." [Note: Tenney, p150.]

Christ"s words continue through Revelation 22:19. Instead of promising a blessing, as He did earlier ( Revelation 22:7; Revelation 16:5), this time He promised to judge. He will reward both the good and the bad. This is a reward that He has to give. This prospect strengthens the warning in Revelation 22:11. Jesus Christ will judge all people finally on the basis of their works (cf. Revelation 20:12; Jeremiah 17:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11).

"Whereas salvation is of grace, rewards are according to works." [Note: Smith, A Revelation . . ., p302. Cf. Matthew 16:27; Luke 23:41; 1 Corinthians 3:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 11:15; 2 Timothy 4:14; Hebrews 2:2; Revelation 2:23; 11:18, 18:6; 20:12, 13.]

"God gives us His salvation, but He pays us for our good works." [Note: Zane C. Hodges, "The Doctrine of Rewards, Part1: Rewards and Grace," Grace Evangelical Society News9:5 (September-October1994):4.]

In view of Jesus Christ"s soon return Christians should be diligent to lay up treasure in heaven while we have the time ( Matthew 6:19-21).

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 22:12. In conformity with the general tenor of the Apocalypse, this verse is to be regarded as addressed only to the righteous. The word reward in it is not to be understood in a neutral sense, but as indicating what it naturally means. Every man whose work is pleasing to the Lord shall receive the welcome and the blessing which the faithful Lord is ready to bestow.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/revelation-22.html. 1879-90.

Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

The Lord wants us to realize there will be no time for change at his sudden coming. When he comes again, all will be rewarded according to their works (Galatians 6:7-8; 2 Corinthians 5:10), therefore we need to resolve to hear and follow him now.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

And. The texts omit.

with. App-104.

every man = each one.

according. Omit.

shall be. The texts read "is".

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Revelation 22:12". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/revelation-22.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

And. 'Aleph (') A B, Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic, Cyprian, omit.

Behold, I come quickly - (cf. Revelation 22:7.)

My reward is with me - (Isaiah 40:10; Isaiah 62:11.)

To give - `to award.'

Every man - `to each.'

Shall be. So B in Mai; but B in Tischendorf, and A 'Aleph ('), Syriac, 'is.'

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(12) And, behold, I come quickly . . .—Rather, Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to give back to each one as his work is. To give back to each: here we have the truth declared by St. Paul uttered in words borrowed from Isaiah (Isaiah 40:10). “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” wrote St. Paul (Galatians 6:7-8): “God gives back to each one his work,” says St. John.

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Foy E. Wallace's Commentary on the Book of Revelation

(2) The corroborative testimony of Jesus to that of John and of the angel--22:12-13.

Verse 12: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

The imminence of the things envisioned was here reemphasized in the word quickly to the degree of having become repetitious, but for that precise purpose--the alerting of the saints in every part of the Roman world.

The reminder that my reward is with me was a dual pronouncement of threat and promise. There would be the execution of judgment on the characters represented by the beasts and their followers; and the bestowal of the trophies of victory and reward to the saints of the tribulation. This distribution of reward and retribution was announced in the words: to give every man according as his work shall be. Here again was the statement of an eternal principle with an everlasting application, the basis of which was in the fact as applied to the visional circumstances; but was nevertheless indicative of the truth couched in numerous epistolary references (Romans 2:6-29; Romans 3:1-31; Romans 4:1-25; Romans 5:1-21; Romans 6:1-23; Romans 7:1-25; Romans 8:1-39; Romans 9:1-33; Romans 10:1-21; Romans 11:1-36; Romans 12:1-21; Romans 13:1-14; Romans 14:1-12; 1 Corinthians 3:8-- 5:10)--that judgment by works is not subject to a single judicial decision, but is a continual process in the lives of men.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
I come
7; Zephaniah 1:14
and my
11:18; Isaiah 3:10,11; 40:10; 62:11; 1 Corinthians 3:8,14; 9:17,18
to give
20:12; Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6-11; 14:12
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 8:39 - give to every man;  Job 34:11 - the work;  Psalm 62:12 - renderest;  Proverbs 24:12 - and shall;  Isaiah 22:14 - Surely;  Jeremiah 17:10 - even;  Jeremiah 32:19 - to give;  Ezekiel 18:20 - righteousness;  Ezekiel 18:30 - every;  Ezekiel 33:15 - he shall;  Ezekiel 33:20 - I will;  Matthew 25:10 - the bridegroom;  Acts 10:42 - that it;  Romans 13:11 - for now;  1 Corinthians 14:38 - General2 Corinthians 5:10 - receive;  2 Corinthians 6:11 - our heart;  Galatians 6:5 - General1 Thessalonians 2:19 - at;  Revelation 1:3 - for;  Revelation 3:11 - I come;  Revelation 22:10 - he saith;  Revelation 22:19 - and from;  Revelation 22:20 - Surely

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

I come quickly is explained at Revelation 22:7. My reward is with me. When Jesus comes again it will not be for the purpose of setting up an other reign on the earth, for all of His reign will then come to a close ( 1 Corinthians 15:24-26). The lot of both just and unjust will have been decided at that time, and Christ will be coming to bestow the reward according to that decision. It is in that sense that the reward will be with Him—not coming merely to announce what it is going to be. He will at that time recompense either "tribulation" or "rest" upon mankind ( 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7), which is the meaning of the present passage. The basis on which the rewards will be distributed is according as his work shall be.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 22:12

Revelation 22:12-13 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

This is the second appearance and coming of Jesus Christ. See Revelation 22:7.

And my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be

Read Isaiah 40:10; Isaiah 62:11; Revelation 11:15-18 compared with Matthew 16:27-28; Luke 22:29-30; Matthew 19:20. The Lord Jesus Christ will give a reward to the wicked and ungodly, according to the merit and desert of their works; and he will also give to the righteous and godly a reward of grace according to their good works. { Romans 2:6-12} Who will render to every man according to his deeds. To them who by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, and honour, and immortality; eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness; indignation and wrath; tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the gentile. But glory, honour, and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the gentile. For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law, shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the Law, shall be judged by the law. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 1:11 and See KNOLLYS: Revelation 3:14.

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