Revelation 2:21: The Errors of Jezebel Revisited

Verse 21:[1] And I gave her space (Rom. 2:4; Rev. 9:20) to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.




[I gave to her a time, etc.] I did not immediately take her out of this life, as she deserved, even according to the Law of Moses;[2] although she was adding sexual impurity to her evil doctrines, perhaps with the Bishop suspecting, but not clearly knowing. There is an easy movement from Prostitution to Adultery, says Dion Prusæensis[3] (Grotius).


And I gave her space to repent: I was not quick with her, but gave her a time of patience, and did not cut her off at first; but she was incorrigible, and went on in her sinful courses.

[1] Greek: καὶ ἔδωκα αὐτῇ χρόνον ἵνα μετανοήσῃ ἐκ τῆς πορνείας αὐτῆς, καὶ οὐ μετενόησεν.


[2] See Deuteronomy 13; 17; 18.


[3] Oration 7:133-152. Dion of Prusa (c. 40-c. 120) was a Greek orator and author.

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