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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Revelation 22:6-19

We have here a solemn ratification of the contents of this book, and particularly of this last vision (though some think it may not only refer to the whole book, but to the whole New Testament, yea, to the whole Bible, completing and confirming the can on of scripture); and here, 1. This is confirmed by the name and nature of that God who gave out these discoveries: he is the Lord God, faithful and true, and so are all his sayings. 2. By the messengers he chose, to reveal these things to the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Revelation 22:17

22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say: Come! And let him that hears say: Come! Let him who is thirsty come and let him who wishes take the water of life without price. There are two different interpretations of this passage. H. B. Swete takes the first two parts as an appeal to Christ to fulfil his promise and come quickly back to this world; and he takes the third part as an invitation to the thirsty soul to come to Christ. But it seems very improbable that there should be such a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Revelation 22:17

And the Spirit and the bride say, come ,.... Hearing Christ say that he should come quickly, Revelation 22:7 the Spirit and the bride express an earnest wish, and a most affectionate desire after his coming: by "the Spirit" may be meant the Spirit of God in the hearts of his people, who not only convinces them of, and acquaints with the coming of Christ to judgment, and gives them reason to expect it, but fills their souls with the love of his appearance, so that they look and long for it,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Revelation 22:17

The Spirit and the bride - All the prophets and all the apostles; the Church of God under the Old Testament, and the Church of Christ under the New. Say, Come - Invite men to Jesus, that by him they may be saved and prepared for this kingdom. Let him that heareth - Let all who are privileged with reading and hearing the word of God, join in the general invitation to sinners. Him that is athirst - He who feels his need of salvation, and is longing to drink of the living fountain. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 22:17

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. These words are best understood as uttered by the writer. The Holy Spirit working in the Church, through whom she is bound to Christ as his bride, and the Church herself, eagerly welcome the fulfilment of Christ's promise made in Revelation 22:12 . (On "come," cf. Revelation 6:1 .) And let him that heareth say, Come. The Church in her corporate capacity welcomes her Lord; so, also, let each member in his individual capacity, who hears this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 22:17

Closing words of invitation: "Come." We have closed our exposition of the plan of the book, so far as its Apocalyptic unfoldings of scenes yet to come are concerned. But we should deem our work incomplete if we did not, ere we lay down our pen, indicate in outline four homiletic studies suggested by the last six verses of this chapter, giving us as they do, a closing invitation, a closing warning, a closing aspiration, and a final benediction. First in order of these four comes the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 22:17

The good will of God to man. It is all important, would we win men's hearts for God, that we represent him as having good will towards them. If we let men think of him as hard, unloving, indifferent, or unjust, not all the threatenings in the world will win them. Man can only love that which he conceives as lovable. Now, this well known and most precious verso renders great service in this direction. Were a man to pick it up from off the streets, he would gather this much at any rate, even... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 22:17

God's mercy towards a soul thirsting world. "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come," etc. Men's souls everywhere burn with a thirst for a good they have not. "Who will show us any good?" God has attended to the cry, and in doing so we discover his wonderful mercy— I. IN THE PROVISION lie HAS MADE FOR IT . "The water of life." 1 . The provision is exquisitely suitable. What can quench the thirst like water? What water is to the thirsty body, the gospel is to the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Revelation 22:17

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come - That is, come to the Saviour; come and partake of the blessings of the gospel; come and be saved. The construction demands this interpretation, as the latter part of the verse shows. The design of this whole verse is, evidently, to show the freeness of the offers of the gospel; to condense in a summary manner all the invitations of mercy to mankind; and to leave on the mind at the close of the book a deep impression of the ample provision which has been... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Revelation 22:17

Revelation 22:17. And the Spirit With which I inspire my servants; and the bride The church, whom I have espoused, or the Spirit of adoption in the bride, says, with earnest desire and expectation, Come And accomplish all the words of this prophecy. And let him that heareth say, Come Let every one echo the invitation; and let my people, in all ages, consider it as their duty so to do; and let him that is athirst That sincerely and earnestly desires the blessings of the gospel,... read more

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