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Message to Ephesus

1 “To the angel of the church in aEphesus write:

The One who holds bthe seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks Icamong the seven golden lampstands, says this:

[1] ILit in the middle of aRv 1:11 bRv 1:16 cRv 1:12f

2aI know your deeds and your toil and Iperseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you bput to the test those who call themselves capostles, and they are not, and you found them [to be] false; 3 and you have Iperseverance and have endured afor My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have [this] against you, that you have aleft your first love. 5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and arepent and bdo the Ideeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your clampstand out of its place—unless you repent. 6 Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the aNicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. bTo him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of cthe tree of life which is in the dParadise of God.’

[2] IOr steadfastness aRv 2:19; 3:1, 8, 15 bJn 6:6; 1 Jn 4:1 c2Co 11:13
[3] IV 2, note 1 aJn 15:21
[4] aJr 2:2; Mt 24:12
[5] ILit first deeds aRv 2:16, 22; 3:3, 19 bHe 10:32; Rv 2:2 cMt 5:14ff; Php 2:15; Rv 1:20
[6] aRv 2:15
[7] aMt 11:15; Rv 2:11, 17; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9 bRv 2:11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7 cGn 2:9; 3:22; Pv 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Rv 22:2, 14 dEzk 28:13; 31:8f; Lk 23:43

Message to Smyrna

8“And to the angel of the church in aSmyrna write:

bThe first and the last, who Icwas dead, and has come to life, says this:

[8] ILit became aRv 1:11 bIs 44:6; 48:12; Rv 1:17; 22:13 cRv 1:18

9‘I know your atribulation and your bpoverty (but you are brich), and the blasphemy by those who csay they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of dSatan. 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 atested, and you will have tribulation bfor ten days. IBe cfaithful until death, and I will give you dthe crown of life. 11 aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. bHe who overcomes will not be hurt by the csecond death.’

[9] aRv 1:9 b2Co 6:10; 8:9; Jm 2:5 cRv 3:9 dMt 4:10; Rv 2:13, 24
[10] IOr Prove yourself faithful aRv 3:10; 13:14ff bDn 1:12, 14 cRv 2:13; 12:11; 17:14 d1Co 9:25; Rv 3:11
[11] aMt 11:15; Rv 2:7, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9 bRv 2:7, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7 cRv 20:6, 14; 21:8

Message to Pergamum

12“And to the angel of the church in aPergamum write:

The One who has bthe sharp two-edged sword says this:

[12] aRv 1:11 bRv 1:16; 2:16

13‘I know where you dwell, where aSatan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny bMy faith even in the days of Antipas, My cwitness, My dfaithful one, who was killed among you, ewhere Satan dwells. 14 But aI have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the bteaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, cto 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 aNicolaitans. 16 Therefore arepent; or else bI am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with cthe sword of My mouth. 17 aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. aTo him who overcomes, to him I will give [some] of the hidden bmanna, and I will give him a white stone, and a cnew name written on the stone dwhich no one knows but he who receives it.’

[13] aMt 4:10; Rv 2:24 b1Ti 5:8; Rv 14:12 cAc 22:20; Rv 1:5; 11:3; 17:6 dRv 2:10; 12:11; 17:14 eRv 2:9
[14] aRv 2:20 bNu 31:16; 2P 2:15 cNu 25:1f; Ac 15:29; 1Co 10:20; Rv 2:20
[15] aRv 2:6
[16] aRv 2:5 bRv 22:7, 20 c2Th 2:8; Rv 1:16
[17] aRv 2:7 bEx 16:33; Jn 6:49f cIs 56:5; 62:2; 65:15 dRv 14:3; 19:12

Message to Thyatira

18“And to the angel of the church in aThyatira write:

bThe Son of God, cwho has Ieyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:

[18] ILit His eyes aRv 1:11; 2:24 bMt 4:3 cRv 1:14f

19aI know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and Iperseverance, and that your IIdeeds of late are greater than IIIat first. 20 But aI have [this] against you, that you tolerate the woman bJezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they ccommit [acts of] immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 aI gave her time to repent, and she bdoes not want to repent of her immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her Ion a bed [of sickness], and those who acommit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of IIher deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with Ipestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who asearches the IIminds and hearts; and bI will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in aThyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the bdeep things of Satan, as they call them—I cplace no other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless awhat you have, hold fast buntil I come. 26 aHe who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds buntil the end, cTO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE INATIONS; 27 AND HE SHALL IaRULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, bAS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received [authority] from My Father; 28 and I will give him athe morning star. 29 aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

[19] IOr steadfastness IILit last deeds IIILit the first aRv 2:2
[20] aRv 2:14 b1K 16:31; 21:25; 2K 9:7, 22, 30 cAc 15:29; 1Co 10:20; Rv 2:14
[21] aRo 2:4; 2P 3:9 bRo 2:5; Rv 9:20f; 16:9, 11
[22] ILit into IIOne early ms reads their aRv 17:2; 18:9
[23] ILit death IILit kidneys, i.e. inner man aPs 7:9; 26:2; 139:1; Jr 11:20; 17:10; Mt 16:27; Lk 16:15; Ac 1:24; Ro 8:27 bPs 62:12
[24] aRv 2:18 b1Co 2:10 cAc 15:28
[25] aRv 3:11 bJn 21:22
[26] IOr Gentiles aRv 2:7 bMt 10:22; He 3:6 cPs 2:8; Rv 3:21; 20:4
[27] ILit shepherd aPs 2:9; Rv 12:5; 19:15 bIs 30:14; Jr 19:11
[28] a1 Jn 3:2; Rv 22:16
[29] aRv 2:7


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What is commanded to be written to the angels, that is, the ministers of the Churches of Ephesus,

1Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

[1] Ezk 28:13; Mt 18:20; 28:20; Jn 5:35; Rv 1:11, 12, 16, 20; 2:8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14; 8:10; 12:1.
[2] Ps 1:6; Mt 7:23; 2Co 11:13; Ga 1:7; Ep 4:14; 1Th 1:3; 5:21; 2Ti 2:19; He 6:10; 2P 2:1; 1Jn 2:21; 4:1; Rv 2:6, 9, 13, 14, 19, 20; 3:1, 8, 15.
[3] Ps 37:7; 69:7; Mi 7:9; Mk 15:21; Lk 8:15; 14:27; 18:1; 21:19; Ro 2:7; 5:3; 8:25; 12:12; 15:4; 16:12; 1Co 13:7; 16:16; 2Co 4:1, 16; 5:9; 6:5; 10:15; 11:23; Ga 6:2, 9; Php 2:16; 4:3; Col 1:11; 1Th 1:3; 2:9; 5:12; 2Th 3:5, 8, 13; 1Ti 4:10; 5:17; He 6:10, 12, 15; 10:36; 12:1, 3; 13:13; Jm 1:3; 5:7; 2P 1:6; Rv 1:9; 3:10.
[4] Jr 2:2; Mt 24:12; Php 1:9; 3:13; 1Th 4:9; 2Th 1:3; He 6:10; Rv 2:14, 20; 3:14.
[5] Is 1:26; 14:12; Jr 2:2; Ezk 16:61; 20:43; 36:31; Ho 9:10; 14:1; Mal 3:4; 4:6; Mt 21:41; 24:48; Mk 12:9; Lk 1:17; 12:45; 20:16; Ac 17:30; Ga 5:4; 2P 1:12; Jde 1:24; Rv 2:16, 19, 21; 3:2, 3, 19; 9:20; 16:9.
[6] 2Ch 19:2; Ps 26:5; 101:3; 139:21; 2Jn 1:9; Rv 2:14.
[7] Gn 2:9; 3:22; Pv 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Mt 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mk 7:16; Lk 23:43; Jn 16:33; 1Co 2:10; 12:4; 2Co 12:4; 1Jn 5:4; Rv 2:11, 17, 26, 29; 3:5, 6, 12, 13, 21, 22; 12:10; 13:9; 14:13; 15:2; 21:7; 22:2, 14, 17.

Smyrna,

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

[8] Rv 1:8, 11, 17; 2:1.
[9] Lk 4:18; 6:20; 12:21; 22:65; Jn 16:33; Ac 14:22; 26:11; Ro 2:17, 28; 5:3; 8:35; 9:6; 12:12; 2Co 6:10; 8:2, 9; 1Th 3:4; 2Th 1:6; 1Ti 1:13; 6:18; Jm 2:5; Rv 2:2; 3:9, 17; 7:14.
[10] Dn 3:16; Hab 2:3; Mt 10:22, 28; 24:13; Mk 8:35; 13:13; Lk 12:4; 21:12, 16; Jn 12:25; 13:2, 27; Ac 20:24; 21:13; Ep 2:2; 6:12; 2Ti 4:7; Jm 1:12; 1P 1:6; 5:4, 8; Rv 2:9; 3:11; 12:9, 11; 13:2, 7, 15.
[11] Rv 2:7; 13:9; 20:6, 14; 21:8.

Pergamos,

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan's seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].

[12] Is 11:4; He 4:12; Rv 1:11, 16; 2:1, 16; 19:15, 21.
[13] Mt 10:23; 24:9; Lk 21:17; Ac 9:14; 22:20; 1Th 5:21; 1Ti 5:8; 2Ti 1:13; 2:12; He 3:6; 10:23; Jm 2:7; Jde 1:3; Rv 2:2, 9, 24, 25; 3:3, 8, 9, 11.
[14] Nu 24:14; 25:1; 31:8, 16; Jsh 24:9; Is 57:14; Jr 6:21; Ezk 3:20; 44:12; Mt 18:7; Ac 15:20, 29; 21:25; Ro 9:32; 11:9; 14:13, 21; 1Co 1:23; 6:13; 7:2; 8:4, 9; 10:18; He 13:4; 1P 2:8; 2P 2:15; Jde 1:11; Rv 2:4, 20; 21:8; 22:15.
[15] Rv 2:6.
[16] Is 11:4; 49:2; Ac 17:30; Ep 6:17; 2Th 2:8; Rv 1:16; 2:5, 12, 21; 3:19; 16:9; 19:15, 21.
[17] Ps 25:14; 36:8; Pv 3:32; 14:10; Is 56:4; 65:13, 15; Mt 13:11; Jn 4:32; 6:48; 1Co 2:14; Col 3:3; Rv 2:7, 11; 3:6, 12, 13, 22; 19:12.

Thyatira: and what is commended, or found wanting in them.

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet [are] like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25 But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I 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 unto the churches.

[18] Ps 2:7; Mt 3:17; 4:3; 17:5; 27:54; Lk 1:35; Jn 1:14, 49; 3:16, 18, 35; 5:25; 10:36; Ac 8:37; Ro 1:4; 8:32; Rv 1:11, 14; 2:1.
[19] Jb 17:9; Ps 92:14; Pv 4:18; Jn 15:2; 1Co 13:1; Col 3:14; 1Th 3:6; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 1:5; 1P 4:8; 2P 1:7; 3:18; Rv 2:2, 3, 4, 9, 13.
[20] Ex 34:15; Nu 25:1; 1K 16:31; 17:4, 13; 19:1; 21:7, 23; 2K 9:7, 30; Ac 15:20, 29; 1Co 8:10; 10:18, 28; Rv 2:4, 14.
[21] Jr 8:4; Ro 2:4; 9:22; 1P 3:20; 2P 3:9, 15; Rv 9:20.
[22] Jr 36:3; Ezk 16:37; 18:30; 23:29, 45; 33:11; Zp 3:7; Lk 13:3, 5; 2Co 12:21; 2Ti 2:25; Rv 17:2; 18:3, 9; 19:18.
[23] Dt 13:11; 17:13; 19:20; 21:21; 1S 16:7; 1Ch 28:9; 29:17; 2Ch 6:30; Ps 7:9; 44:21; 62:12; Is 3:10; Jr 11:20; 17:10; 20:12; Zp 1:11; Mt 16:27; Jn 2:24; 21:17; Ac 1:24; Ro 2:5; 8:27; 14:12; 2Co 5:10; Ga 6:5; He 4:13; 1P 1:17; Rv 2:7, 11; 6:8; 20:12.
[24] Ac 15:28; 2Co 2:11; 11:3, 13; Ep 6:11; 2Th 2:9; Rv 12:9; 13:14.
[25] Jn 14:3; 21:22; Ac 11:28; Ro 12:9; 1Co 4:5; 11:26; 1Th 5:21; He 3:6; 4:14; 10:23; 2P 3:10; Rv 1:7; 3:3, 11; 22:7, 20.
[26] Ps 49:14; Dn 7:18, 22, 27; Mt 19:28; 24:13; Lk 8:13; 22:29; Jn 6:29; 8:31; Ro 2:7; 8:37; 1Co 6:3; 1Th 3:5; He 10:38; Jm 2:20; 1Jn 2:19; 3:23; 5:5; Rv 2:7, 11, 17; 3:5, 12, 21; 20:4; 21:7; 22:5.
[27] Ps 2:8; 49:14; 149:5; Dn 7:22; Mt 11:27; Lk 22:29; Jn 17:24; Rv 12:5; 19:15.
[28] Lk 1:78; 2P 1:19; Rv 22:16.
[29] Rv 2:7.


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