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27 to shepherd them with a royal scepter.[a] And the rebellious will be shattered as clay pots[b] 28 even as I also received authority from the presence of my Father.[c] I will give the morning star[d] to the one who experiences victory. 29 So the one whose heart is open let him listen carefully to what the Spirit is presently saying to all the churches.

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  1. Revelation 2:27 Or “to govern them with a staff made of iron” or “a shepherd’s club” (capped with iron). See Robert H. Mounce, The Book of Revelation, revised ed.; The New International Commentary on the New Testament, edited by F. F. Bruce and Gordon D. Fee (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977); Henry Barclay Swete, Commentary on Revelation (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1977); Leon Morris, The Book of Revelation, An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, revised Edition (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987); Robert L. Thomas, Revelation 1–7 Exegetical Commentary, vol. 1 (Chicago: Moody Press, 1992).
  2. Revelation 2:27 See Ps. 2:9.
  3. Revelation 2:28 Christ shares with every conqueror his own rank before the Father, and we will participate in his eternal reign.
  4. Revelation 2:28 Or “the star of the dawn.” See Dan. 12:3; 2 Peter 1:19; Rev. 22:16.