NASB — Revelation 3 — KJV

Message to Sardis

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

He who has bthe seven Spirits of God and cthe seven stars, says this: ‘dI know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, Ibut you are edead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 So aremember Iwhat you have received and heard; and keep [it], and arepent. Therefore if you do not wake up, aI will come blike a thief, and you will not know at cwhat hour I will come to you. 4 But you have a few Iapeople in bSardis who have not csoiled their garments; and they will walk with Me din white, for they are worthy. 5 aHe who overcomes will thus be clothed in bwhite garments; and I will not cerase his name from the book of life, and dI will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

[1] ILit and aRv 1:11 bRv 1:4 cRv 1:16 dRv 2:2; 3:8, 15 e1Ti 5:6
[3] ILit how aRv 2:5 b1Th 5:2; 2P 3:10; Rv 16:15 cMt 24:43; Lk 12:39f
[4] ILit names aRv 11:13 bRv 1:11 cJde 23 dEc 9:8; Rv 3:5, 18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9, 13f; 19:8, 14
[5] aRv 2:7 bRv 3:4 cEx 32:32f; Ps 69:28; Lk 10:20; Rv 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27 dMt 10:32; Lk 12:8
[6] aRv 2:7

Message to Philadelphia

7“And to the angel of the church in aPhiladelphia write:

bHe who is holy, cwho is true, who has dthe key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:

[7] aRv 1:11 bRv 6:10 c1 Jn 5:20; Rv 3:14; 19:11 dJb 12:14; Is 22:22; Mt 16:19; Rv 1:18

8aI know your Ideeds. Behold, I have put before you ban open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and chave not denied My name. 9 Behold, I Iwill cause [those] of athe synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them bcome and bow down IIat your feet, and [make them] know that cI have loved you. 10 Because you have akept the word of bMy Iperseverance, cI also will keep you from the hour of IIdtesting, that [hour] which is about to come upon the whole IIIeworld, to IVtest fthose who dwell on the earth. 11 aI am coming quickly; bhold fast what you have, so that no one will take your ccrown. 12 aHe who overcomes, I will make him a bpillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the cname of My God, and dthe name of the city of My God, ethe new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My fnew name. 13 aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

[8] IOr deeds (behold...shut), that you have aRv 3:1 bAc 14:27 cRv 2:13
[9] ILit give IILit before aRv 2:9 bIs 45:14; 49:23; 60:14 cIs 43:4; Jn 17:23
[10] IOr steadfastness IIOr temptation IIILit inhabited earth IVOr tempt aJn 17:6; Rv 3:8 bRv 1:9 c2Ti 2:12; 2P 2:9 dRv 2:10 eMt 24:14; Rv 16:14 fRv 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8, 14; 17:8
[11] aRv 1:3; 22:7, 12, 20 bRv 2:25 cRv 2:10
[12] aRv 3:5 b1K 7:21; Jr 1:18; Ga 2:9 cRv 14:1; 22:4 dEzk 48:35; Rv 21:2 eGa 4:26; He 13:14; Rv 21:2, 10 fIs 62:2; Rv 2:17
[13] aRv 3:6

Message to Laodicea

14“To the angel of the church in aLaodicea write:

bThe Amen, cthe faithful and true Witness, dthe IBeginning of the creation of God, says this:

[14] II.e. Origin or Source aRv 1:11 b2Co 1:20 cRv 1:5; 3:7 dGn 49:3; Dt 21:17; Pv 8:22; Jn 1:3; Col 1:18; Rv 21:6; 22:13

15aI know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; bI wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will Ispit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “aI am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to abuy from Me bgold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and cwhite garments so that you may clothe yourself, and [that] dthe shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 aThose whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and brepent. 20 Behold, I stand aat the door and bknock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, cI will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 aHe who overcomes, I will grant to him bto sit down with Me on My throne, as cI also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

[15] aRv 3:1 bRo 12:11
[16] ILit vomit
[17] aHo 12:8; Zc 11:5; Mt 5:3; 1Co 4:8
[18] aIs 55:1; Mt 13:44 b1P 1:7 cRv 3:4 dRv 16:15
[19] aPv 3:12; 1Co 11:32; He 12:6 bRv 2:5
[20] aMt 24:33; Jm 5:9 bLk 12:36; Jn 10:3 cJn 14:23
[21] aRv 2:7 bMt 19:28; 2Ti 2:12; Rv 2:26; 20:4 cJn 16:33; Rv 5:5; 6:2; 17:14
[22] aRv 2:7


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1And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

[1] Lk 15:24, 32; Jn 1:16, 33; 3:34; 7:37; 15:26; 20:22; Ac 2:33; Ep 2:1, 5; Col 2:13; 1Ti 5:6; Jm 2:26; 1P 1:11; Jde 1:12; Rv 1:4, 11, 16, 20; 2:1, 2, 9, 13, 19; 4:5; 5:6.

The angel of the Church of Sardis is reproved,

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

[2] Dt 3:28; 1K 11:4; 15:3; 2Ch 25:2; Jb 4:4; 16:5; Is 35:3; 56:10; 57:12; 62:6; Ezk 34:8, 16; Dn 5:27; Zc 11:16; Mt 6:2; 23:5, 28; 24:42; 25:13; Mk 13:33; Lk 22:31; Ac 18:23; 20:28; 2Ti 4:1; 1P 4:7; 5:8; Rv 2:4; 16:15.

exhorted to repent, and threatened if he do not repent.

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

[3] Ezk 16:61; 20:43; 36:31; Mt 24:42; 25:13; Mk 13:33, 36; Lk 12:39; 1Th 5:2, 4, 6; 1Ti 6:20; 2Ti 1:13; He 2:1; 2P 1:13; 3:1, 10; Rv 2:5, 21, 25; 3:11, 19; 16:15.
[4] 1K 19:18; Es 8:15; Ps 68:14; Ec 9:8; Is 1:9; 52:1; 59:6; 61:3, 10; 64:6; Zc 3:3, 4; Mt 10:11; Mk 16:5; Lk 20:35; 21:36; Ac 1:15; Ro 11:4; 2Th 1:5; Jde 1:23; Rv 3:5, 18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9, 13, 14; 11:13; 19:8, 14.
[5] Ex 32:32; Dt 9:14; 1S 17:25; Ps 69:28; 109:13; Mal 3:17; Mt 10:32; Lk 12:8; Php 4:3; Jde 1:24; Rv 2:7; 3:4; 13:8; 17:8; 19:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19.
[6] Rv 2:7.
[7] Jb 11:10; 12:14; Ps 16:10; 89:18; 145:17; Is 6:3; 22:22; 30:11; 41:14, 16, 20; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7; 54:5; 55:5; Mt 16:19; 24:35; Mk 1:24; Lk 1:32; 4:34; Jn 14:6; Ac 3:14; 1Jn 5:20; Rv 1:5, 11, 18; 2:1; 3:14; 4:8; 5:3, 9; 6:10; 15:3; 16:7; 19:2, 11; 21:5.

The angel of the Church of Philadelphia

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

[8] Pv 30:9; Dn 11:34; Mt 26:70; Lk 12:9; Jn 14:21; 15:20; 17:6; Ac 3:13; 1Co 16:9; 2Co 2:12; 12:8; Php 4:13; Col 4:3; 1Ti 5:8; 2Ti 4:7; 1Jn 2:22; Jde 1:4; Rv 2:2, 13; 3:1, 7, 10, 15; 22:7.
[9] Ex 11:8; 12:30; 1S 2:36; Es 8:17; Jb 42:8; Is 49:23; 60:14; Zc 8:20; Ac 16:37; Rv 2:9.

is approved for his diligence and patience.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

[10] Is 24:17; Dn 12:10; Zc 13:9; Mt 6:13; 24:14; 26:41; Mk 14:9; Lk 2:1; Ro 1:8; 1Co 10:13; Ep 6:13; Jm 3:12; 1P 4:12; 2P 2:9; Rv 1:9; 13:10; 14:12.
[11] Zp 1:14; 1Co 9:25; Php 4:5; 2Ti 2:5; 4:8; Jm 1:12; 5:9; 1P 5:3; Rv 1:3; 2:10, 13, 25; 3:3; 4:4, 10; 22:7, 12, 20.
[12] 1K 7:21; Ps 48:8; 87:3; Is 65:15; Jr 1:18; Ga 2:9; 4:26; Ep 3:15; He 12:22; 1Jn 2:13; 4:4; Rv 2:7, 17; 14:1; 17:14; 21:2, 10; 22:4.
[13] Rv 2:7.
[14] Is 55:4; 65:16; Jr 42:5; 2Co 1:20; Col 1:15; 2:1; 4:16; Rv 1:5, 11; 2:1; 3:7; 19:11; 22:6.

The angel of Laodicea rebuked, for being neither hot nor cold,

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

[15] Dt 5:29; Jsh 24:15; 1K 18:21; Ps 81:11; Pv 23:26; Ho 7:8; 10:2; Zp 1:5; Mt 6:24; 10:37; 24:12; Lk 14:27; 1Co 16:22; 2Co 12:20; Php 1:9; 2Th 1:3; Jm 1:8; 1P 1:22; Rv 2:2, 4; 3:1.
[16] Jr 14:19; 15:1; Zc 11:8; Rv 2:5.
[17] Gn 3:7, 10; Ex 32:35; Dt 8:12; Pv 13:7; 30:9; Is 42:19; Jr 2:31; Ho 12:8; Zc 11:5; Mt 5:3; 9:12; Lk 1:53; 6:24; 18:11; Jn 9:40; Ro 2:17; 7:24; 11:20, 25; 12:3; 1Co 4:8; 2P 1:9; Rv 2:9; 16:15.
[18] Ps 16:7; 32:8; 73:24; 107:11; Pv 1:25, 30; 19:20; 23:23; Ec 8:2; Is 47:3; 55:1; Jr 13:26; Dn 12:2; Mi 1:11; Na 3:5; Mal 3:3; Mt 13:44; 25:9; Lk 12:21; Jn 9:6; 1Co 3:12; 2Co 5:3; 8:9; 1Ti 6:18; Jm 2:5; 1P 1:7; 1Jn 2:20; Rv 2:9; 3:4; 7:13; 16:15; 19:8.

and admonished to be more zealous.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

[19] Nu 25:11; Dt 8:5; 2S 7:14; Jb 5:17; Ps 6:1; 39:11; 69:9; 94:10; Pv 3:11; 15:10, 32; 22:15; Is 26:16; Jr 2:30; 7:28; 10:24; 30:11; 31:18; Zp 3:2; Jn 2:17; Ro 12:11; 1Co 11:32; 2Co 6:9; 7:11; Ga 4:18; Tit 2:14; He 12:5; Jm 1:12; Rv 2:5, 21.

Christ standeth at the door and knocketh.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

[20] So 5:2; Lk 12:36, 37; 17:8; Jn 14:21; Rv 19:9.
[21] Dn 7:13; Mt 19:28; 28:18; Lk 22:30; Jn 5:22; 16:33; 1Co 6:2; Ep 1:20; Php 2:9; 2Ti 2:12; 1Jn 5:4; Rv 1:6; 2:7, 26; 5:6; 7:17; 12:11.
[22] Rv 2:7, 11, 17; 3:6, 13.


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