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To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, he that walketh in the midst of the seven golden [a]candlesticks: I know thy works, and thy toil and [b]patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them that call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false; and thou hast [c]patience and didst bear for my name’s sake, and hast not grown weary. But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy [d]candlestick out of its place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the [e]Paradise of God.

And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:

These things saith the first and the last, who [f]was dead, and lived again: I know thy tribulation, and thy poverty (but thou art rich), and the [g]blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; [h]and ye shall have [i]tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:

These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword: 13 I know where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s throne is; and thou holdest fast my name, and didst not deny my faith, even in the days [j]of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner. 16 Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.

18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like unto burnished brass: 19 I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and [k]patience, and that thy last works are more than the first. 20 But I have this against thee, that thou sufferest [l]the woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess; and she teacheth and seduceth my [m]servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication. 22 Behold, I cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of [n]her works. 23 And I will kill her children with [o]death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works. 24 But to you I say, to the rest that are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, who know not the deep things of Satan, as they are wont to say; I cast upon you none other burden. 25 Nevertheless that which ye have, hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the [p]nations: 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of [q]iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father: 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 2:1 Greek lampstands.
  2. Revelation 2:2 Or, stedfastness
  3. Revelation 2:3 Or, stedfastness
  4. Revelation 2:5 Greek lampstand.
  5. Revelation 2:7 Or, garden: as in Gen. 2:8.
  6. Revelation 2:8 Greek became.
  7. Revelation 2:9 Or, reviling
  8. Revelation 2:10 Some ancient authorities read and may have.
  9. Revelation 2:10 Greek a tribulation of ten days.
  10. Revelation 2:13 The Greek text here is somewhat uncertain.
  11. Revelation 2:19 Or, stedfastness
  12. Revelation 2:20 Many authorities, some ancient, read thy wife.
  13. Revelation 2:20 Greek bondservants.
  14. Revelation 2:22 Many ancient authorities read their.
  15. Revelation 2:23 Or, pestilence. Septuagint Ex. 5:3, etc.
  16. Revelation 2:26 Or, Gentiles
  17. Revelation 2:27 Or, iron; as vessels of the potter, are they broken

Message to Ephesus

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

The One who holds (B)the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks [a](C)among the seven golden lampstands, says this:

(D)I know your deeds and your toil and [b]perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you (E)put to the test those who call themselves (F)apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have [c]perseverance and have endured (G)for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have (H)left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and (I)repent and (J)do the [d]deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your (K)lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the (L)Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (M)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (N)To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of (O)the tree of life which is in the (P)Paradise of God.’

Message to Smyrna

“And to the angel of the church in (Q)Smyrna write:

(R)The first and the last, who [e](S)was dead, and has come to life, says this:

‘I know your (T)tribulation and your (U)poverty (but you are (V)rich), and the blasphemy by those who (W)say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of (X)Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be (Y)tested, and you will have tribulation (Z)for ten days. [f]Be (AA)faithful until death, and I will give you (AB)the crown of life. 11 (AC)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (AD)He who overcomes will not be hurt by the (AE)second death.’

Message to Pergamum

12 “And to the angel of the church in (AF)Pergamum write:

The One who has (AG)the sharp two-edged sword says this:

13 ‘I know where you dwell, where (AH)Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny (AI)My faith even in the days of Antipas, My (AJ)witness, My (AK)faithful one, who was killed among you, (AL)where Satan dwells. 14 But (AM)I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the (AN)teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, (AO)to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the (AP)Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore (AQ)repent; or else (AR)I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with (AS)the sword of My mouth. 17 (AT)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (AU)To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden (AV)manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a (AW)new name written on the stone (AX)which no one knows but he who receives it.’

Message to Thyatira

18 “And to the angel of the church in (AY)Thyatira write:

(AZ)The Son of God, (BA)who has [g]eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:

19 (BB)I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and [h]perseverance, and that your [i]deeds of late are greater than [j]at first. 20 But (BC)I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman (BD)Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they (BE)commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 (BF)I gave her time to repent, and she (BG)does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her [k]on a bed of sickness, and those who (BH)commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of [l]her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with [m]pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who (BI)searches the [n]minds and hearts; and (BJ)I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in (BK)Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the (BL)deep things of Satan, as they call them—I (BM)place no other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless (BN)what you have, hold fast (BO)until I come. 26 (BP)He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds (BQ)until the end, (BR)to him I will give authority over the [o]nations; 27 and he shall [p](BS)rule them with a rod of iron, (BT)as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him (BU)the morning star. 29 (BV)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 2:1 Lit in the middle of
  2. Revelation 2:2 Or steadfastness
  3. Revelation 2:3 V 2, note 1
  4. Revelation 2:5 Lit first deeds
  5. Revelation 2:8 Lit became
  6. Revelation 2:10 Or Prove yourself faithful
  7. Revelation 2:18 Lit His eyes
  8. Revelation 2:19 Or steadfastness
  9. Revelation 2:19 Lit last deeds
  10. Revelation 2:19 Lit the first
  11. Revelation 2:22 Lit into
  12. Revelation 2:22 One early ms reads their
  13. Revelation 2:23 Lit death
  14. Revelation 2:23 Lit kidneys, i.e. inner man
  15. Revelation 2:26 Or Gentiles
  16. Revelation 2:27 Lit shepherd