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I know how much you suffer and how poor you are, but you are rich. I also know the cruel things being said about you by people who claim to be Jews. But they are not really Jews. They are a group that belongs to Satan.

10 Don’t worry about what you will suffer. The devil will throw some of you into jail, and you will be tested and made to suffer for ten days. But if you are faithful until you die, I will reward you with a glorious life.[a]

11 If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. Whoever wins the victory will not be hurt by the second death.[b]

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  1. 2.10 a glorious life: The Greek text has “a crown of life.” In ancient times an athlete who had won a contest was rewarded with a crown of flowers as a sign of victory.
  2. 2.11 second death: The first death is physical death, and the “second death” is eternal death.

I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich!(A) I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not,(B) but are a synagogue of Satan.(C) 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,(D) and you will suffer persecution for ten days.(E) Be faithful,(F) even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.(G)

11 Whoever has ears, let them hear(H) what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.(I)

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