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Revelation 2 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Write To Ephesus: You Left Your First Love. Repent And Do The First Works

To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write— These things says the One holding-on-to the seven stars in His right hand, the One walking in the midst of the seven golden lampstands. I know your works and[a] labor and your endurance, and that you cannot bear-with evil ones. And you tested the ones calling themselves apostles (and they are not) and you found them to be false. And you have endurance, and bore-up for the sake of My name, and have not become-weary. But I have against you that you left your first love. Therefore, be remembering[b] from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works. Otherwise, I am coming to you. And I will move[c] your lampstand from its place unless you repent. But this you have— that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Let the one having an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To the one overcoming[d], I will give him authority to eat from the tree of life which is in the paradise of God.

Write To Smyrna: You Are Going To Suffer. Be Faithful

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna, write— These things says the First and the Last Who became dead and came-to-life. I know your affliction, and[e] poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by the ones saying that they are Jews (and they are not), but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be fearing at all the things which you are about to suffer. Behold— the devil is going to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested. And you will have affliction for ten days. Be[f] faithful until[g] death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let the one having an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. The one overcoming will never be harmed by the second death.

Write To Pergamum: You Have Some Holding On To False Teachings. Repent

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum, write— These things says the One having the sharp double-edged sword. 13 I know where you dwell: where Satan’s throne is. And you are holding-on-to My name. And you did not deny My faith[h], even during the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there ones holding-on-to the teaching of Balaam, who was teaching Balak to put a cause-of-falling before the sons of Israel to eat foods-sacrificed-to-idols and to commit-sexual-immorality. 15 So you also have ones holding-on-to the teaching of the Nicolaitans likewise. 16 Therefore repent. Otherwise, I am coming to you[i] quickly. And I will fight[j] against them with the sword of My mouth. 17 Let the one having an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To the one overcoming— I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white pebble. And having been written upon the pebble is a new name which no one knows except the one[k] receiving it.

Write To Thyatira: You Are Tolerating a False Teacher. Repent From Her Works

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira, write— These things says the Son of God, the One having His eyes like a flame of fire and His feet resembling brass[l]. 19 I know your works and[m] love and faith[n] and service and your endurance. And your last works are greater[o] than the first. 20 But I have against you that you are tolerating the woman Jezebel— the one calling herself a prophet. And she is teaching and misleading My slaves to commit-sexual-immorality and eat foods-sacrificed-to-idols. 21 And I gave her time in order that she might repent. And she is not willing to repent from her sexual-immorality. 22 Behold— I am throwing[p] her into a bed[q], and the ones committing-adultery with her into a great affliction, unless they repent from her works. 23 And I will kill her children[r] with a death[s]. And all the churches will know[t] that I am the One searching[u] minds and hearts, and I will give to you, to each one, according to your works. 24 But I say to you, to the rest in Thyatira— all-who are not holding this teaching, who did not know the deep things of Satan (as they say): I am not putting[v] another burden upon you. 25 However, hold-on-to what you have until whenever I come. 26 And the one overcoming and[w] the one keeping My works[x] until the end— I will give him authority over the nations. 27 And he will shepherd[y] them with an iron rod like clay vessels are broken-to-pieces, 28 as I also[z] have received from My Father. And I will give him the morning[aa] star. 29 Let the one having an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:2 Or, even.
  2. Revelation 2:5 Or, keeping in mind.
  3. Revelation 2:5 Or, shake, remove.
  4. Revelation 2:7 Or, conquering, being victorious.
  5. Revelation 2:9 Or, even.
  6. Revelation 2:10 Or, Prove-to-be faithful ones.
  7. Revelation 2:10 Or, as far as, to the extent of.
  8. Revelation 2:13 That is, your faith in Me; or, My gospel.
  9. Revelation 2:16 That is, the church. This word is singular.
  10. Revelation 2:16 Or, wage war.
  11. Revelation 2:17 Or, the One; that is, Jesus, 19:12.
  12. Revelation 2:18 Or, metal.
  13. Revelation 2:19 Or, even.
  14. Revelation 2:19 Or, faithfulness.
  15. Revelation 2:19 That is, in quantity (more) or quality (better, superior).
  16. Revelation 2:22 Or, putting.
  17. Revelation 2:22 That is, of sickness; or, of judgment.
  18. Revelation 2:23 That is, followers.
  19. Revelation 2:23 kill... with a death. That is, I will surely kill. Or, I will kill... with pestilence.
  20. Revelation 2:23 Or, come-to-know.
  21. Revelation 2:23 Or, examining.
  22. Revelation 2:24 Or, throwing, as in v 22.
  23. Revelation 2:26 Or, even.
  24. Revelation 2:26 As opposed to her works, v 22.
  25. Revelation 2:27 That is, rule.
  26. Revelation 2:28 Compare 19:15.
  27. Revelation 2:28 That is, the light of a new day; or, Myself, since this phrase is used of Christ in 22:16.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing

Revelation 2 New International Version (NIV)

To the Church in Ephesus

“To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

To the Church in Smyrna

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:

These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 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, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

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

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:

These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.

14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

To the Church in Thyatira

18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’

26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[b]—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:1 Or messenger; also in verses 8, 12 and 18
  2. Revelation 2:27 Psalm 2:9
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