Write (Grapson). First aorist active imperative of grapw as in James 1:11 . John's meditation is broken by this command. This new beatitude (makarioi, Blessed) for the Christian dead goes farther than Paul's words ( 1 Thessalonians 4:14-16 ; 1 Corinthians 15:18 ). Probably "from henceforth" (ap arti) goes with "those who die in the Lord," giving comfort to those facing persecution and death. That they may rest (ina anapahsontai). Purpose clause with ina and the second future passive of anapauw. From their labours (ek twn kopwn autwn). From the toils, the wearinesses, but not from the activities (erga), for these "follow with them." There is this to comfort us for all our growth here. Even if cut short, it can be utilized in heaven, which is not a place of idleness, but of the highest form of spiritual service.