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11 The smoke of their torture rises forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the Creature and his statue, and have been tattooed with the code of his name. 12 Let this encourage God’s people to endure patiently every trial and persecution, for they are his saints who remain firm to the end in obedience to his commands and trust in Jesus.”

13 And I heard a voice in the heavens above me saying, “Write this down: At last the time has come for his martyrs[a] to enter into their full reward. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for now they shall rest from all their toils and trials; for their good deeds follow them to heaven!”

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 14:13 his martyrs, literally, “those who die in the faith of Jesus”; v. 12 implies death from persecution for Christ’s sake.

11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever.(A) There will be no rest day or night(B) for those who worship the beast and its image,(C) or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”(D) 12 This calls for patient endurance(E) on the part of the people of God(F) who keep his commands(G) and remain faithful to Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord(H) from now on.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit,(I) “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

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