Revelation 13:9-10
Revelation 13, Page 11

Bible, KJV Translation
13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear. 

13:10  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.

Re-evaluation Translation
13:9  If any one has ability to understand these things, let him listen. 
13:10  If anyone took captives, he shall be taken captive; if anyone killed with weapons, he must be killed with weapons. This promised and certain just recompense foundations the patience and the faith of Yehuveh’s purified people.

Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 13:9 (29 March 2008):  “If any man have an ear, let him hear.” If you have the ability to receive this insight, you will be greatly blessed by believing it. Don’t dismiss or disregard it for any reason. This phrase is used only here and in the closing statements of all six Years of Returning (Darius) and the Sabbatical Year [Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9] to indicate certainty.

Commentary on Revelation 13:10 (29 March 2008):  In The Interlinear Bible, this verse reads: “If captivity gathers, into captivity goes. If by swords kills, must they  by sword be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
       
“He that leadeth” should more correctly be “If anyone gathers,” for the phrase begins with the Greek entry G1536, the fusion of G1487, if, and G5100, anyone or someone, and leadeth is from sunago [G4863], meaning “to gather together, to gather; to bring together, assemble, collect; to lead with one’s self into one’s home, to receive hospitably, to entertain.” Of the 68 uses of sunago in the New Testament, this is the only time it is translated leadeth. Sunago is used only six times in Revelation [13:10; 16:14, 16; 19:17, 19; 20:8].
       
“Into captivity” is misleading, for into is supplied and the whole phrase in Greek more correctly reads: “if anyone gathers captivity” they “shall go into captivity.” Captivity is from aichmalosia [G0161], from aichmalotos [G0164], “a captive,” and is used only here in Revelation. In English we would probably say, “If anyone takes captives, they will themselves be taken captive.” It is Yehuveh’s declaration that every person be repaid in exactly the same “currency” they have dealt. “Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.” Isaiah 33:1.
       
“He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.” As in the previous phrase, the first words are “if anyone . . . .” Yehuveh’s justice to return to every individual just what they have given out is what enables His people to endure wrongs: “I will recompense their way upon their head.” “His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.” Ezekiel 9:10; Psalms 7:16 [compare Ezekiel 7:8-9; 11:21; 22:31; Deuteronomy 32:41; 2 Chronicles 6:23; Isaiah 65:6; Hosea 9:7; Joel 3:4]. 
       
“Here is the patience” steadfastness, stability, confidence, endurance. Because Yehuveh’s people know that every right deed will be repaid to them and every wrong and unjust deed will be recompensed to those who oppress them, they can afford to wait patiently for Yehuveh’s purposes to be fulfilled. Those who are so careless of how they treat others now, those who oppress, defraud, deceive, and in any other way harm others will soon be repaid in kind. In the absolute certainty of this reality, Yehuveh’s people patiently wait for His time of recompense to come. The fourth Year of Returning (Darius) is called “the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.” The certainty of Yehuveh’s promise of true justice establishes “the faith of the saints.” Isaiah 34:8.


Gael Bataman
Originally Written:               29 March 2008
Latest Update:                     31 May 2008


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