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Revelation 21:8 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

8. But the fearful ] The cowards would express the sense more accurately, at least in modern English. Those condemned are those who are afraid to do their duty, not those who do it, though timidly and in spite of the fears of nature: still less those who do it “with fear and trembling” in St Paul’s sense.

unbelieving ] It is, as usual, questionable whether this word or “unfaithful” expresses the sense most accurately. He who believes God’s Word is “faithful” to God: the character here condemned is the exact opposite.

abominable ] Lit. abominated; probably alluding to crimes yet fouler than those named.

sorcerers ] Not the same word as that applied to Simon and Bar-jesus in the Acts, but cognate with that used above, Rev 9:21, and rendered “witchcrafts” in Gal 5:20. The natural meaning of the word would rather be “poisoners;” and in fact in St John’s days the two generally went together, and no line could be drawn between them. It is therefore no wonder that both the Apostles speak of it as a real crime connected with murder and other “works of the flesh,” as well as with idolatry. For of course professed sorcery involved devil-worship, the basest idolatry of all, even if the devil had no more direct communication with the sorcerers than he has with all liars and impostors.

liars ] The word is a little more general, all the false.

shall have ] Lit. But to the fearful, &c. their portion [ shall be ] in the lake &c.

Consult other comments:

Revelation 21:8 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Revelation 21:8 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:8 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Revelation 21:8 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 21:8 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:8 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 21:8 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:8 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Revelation 21:8 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 21:8 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 21:8 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 21:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 21:8 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 21:8 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 21:8 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Revelation 21:8 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 21:8 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 21:8 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 21:8 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Revelation 21:8 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 21:8 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Revelation 21:8 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 21:8 - Combined Bible Commentary

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges