The outsiders (Rev 22:15)

“Outside are the dogs,

The sorcerers,

The fornicators,

The murderers,

The idolaters,

And everyone

Who loves

And practices falsehood.”

ἔξω οἱ κύνες καὶ οἱ φάρμακοι καὶ οἱ πόρνοι καὶ οἱ φονεῖς καὶ οἱ εἰδωλολάτραι καὶ πᾶς φιλῶν καὶ ποιῶν ψεῦδος.

John said, “Outside (ἔξω) are the dogs (οἱ κύνες), the sorcerers (καὶ οἱ φάρμακοι), the fornicators (καὶ οἱ πόρνοι), the murderers (καὶ οἱ φονεῖς), the idolaters (καὶ οἱ εἰδωλολάτραι), and everyone (καὶ πᾶς) who loves (φιλῶν) and practices (καὶ ποιῶν) falsehood (ψεῦδος).”  This is the only use of this Greek word that appears only in Revelation and not in any other canonical biblical NT writing, the word φαρμάκοις, that means a poisoner, sorcerer, or magician.  John indicated who the outsiders were, the people not permitted into the new holy city of Jerusalem, the evil ones.  John repeated what he had said in chapter 21:8, about those going into the eternal fiery sulfur lake.  Obviously, they are not going to get inside this new eternal heavenly city.  They are the dogs who were considered unclean, the sorcerers who were devil like magicians, the fornicators who were involved in immoral sexual activities, the murderers who killed people, the idolaters who worshipped false gods, and finally the liars who loved to tell lies.  These people would not be allowed into this new eternal city.  Are you an evil doer?

The derision of Jerusalem (Lam 2:15-2:15)


“All who pass

Along the way

Clap their hands

At you.

They hiss.

They wag their heads

At the daughters

Of Jerusalem.

‘Is this the city

That was called

The perfection

Of beauty?

Is this the city

That was called The joy

Of all the earth?’”

This author talks about the people passing by Jerusalem, the outsiders, who deride this once beautiful city. They clap their hands as a sign of derision. They hiss at this city. They shake their heads in astonishment at the daughters of Jerusalem. What happened to this beautiful city that was a joy to all people on earth? Destruction is what happened. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Samek. Each verse after this will use the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet in this acrostic poem.