20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand(A) and of the seven golden lampstands(B) is this: The seven stars are the angels[a] of the seven churches,(C) and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.(D)

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  1. Revelation 1:20 Or messengers

To the Church in Ephesus

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

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand(B) and walks among the seven golden lampstands.(C)

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

To the Church in Sardis

“To the angel[a] of the church in Sardis(A) write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[b](B) of God and the seven stars.(C) I know your deeds;(D) you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.(E)

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  1. Revelation 3:1 Or messenger; also in verses 7 and 14
  2. Revelation 3:1 That is, the sevenfold Spirit