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Revelation 2:1-29

2  “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write, ‘Says he who holds the seven stars in his right hand, he who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2  I know your deeds and your labor and endurance; and that you cannot bear bad men, and you tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them liars; 3  and you have endurance, and have borne things on account of my name and are not tired. 4  But I have against you your having left off your first love; 5  so remember what you have fallen from, and repent and do the deeds that you did at first; else you shall find me coming, and I will move your lampstand out of its place if you do not repent. 6  But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I too hate. 7  Let him who has an ear hear what it is that the Spirit is saying to the churches. To the victor I will give the privilege of eating from the tree of life that is in God’s paradise.’ 8  “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘Says the First and the Last, he who was dead and came to life: 9  I know your distress and your poverty (but you are rich) and your vilification on the part of those who profess to be Jews and are not but are a congregation of Satan. 10*  Do not be afraid of what you are to suffer: lo, the devil is to throw some of you into prison that you may be tested, and you shall have ten days’ distress. Be faithful even to death, and I will give you the wreath of life. 11  Let him who has an ear hear what it is that the Spirit is saying to the churches. The victor shall not be hurt by the second death.’ 12  “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write, ‘Says he who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13  I know where you live—where Satan’s throne is; and you hold on to my name, and did not deny my faith even in the days of my witness Antipas, my faithful one, who was killed in your town, where Satan lives. 14  But I have a few things against you, because you have there people who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to lay a snare to trip up the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to have immoral relations between the sexes. 15  Just so you too have men who similarly hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16*  So repent; else you shall quickly find me coming, and I will make war on them with my mouth-sword. 17  Let him who has an ear hear what it is that the Spirit is saying to the churches. To the victor I will give a portion of the hidden manna; and I will give him a white stone, and inscribed on the stone a new name which no one but the receiver knows.’ 18  “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘Says the Son of God, he who has eyes like flame and feet like green gold: 19  I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and endurance, and that your last deeds are more than your first. 20  But I have against you your permitting the woman Jezebel, her who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and misleads my servants to have immoral relations between the sexes and to eat things sacrificed to idols, 21  and I gave her time to repent and she is not willing to repent of her immorality. 22  Lo, I will stretch her on a couch, and throw those who commit adultery with her into great distress if they do not repent of her dealings, 23  and will kill her children with an epidemic, and all the churches shall know that I am he who searches hearts and bosoms; and I will give to each of you according to his deeds. 24  But you others in Thyatira, as many as do not have this teaching,—those who do not, as they say, know the deep things of Satan,—to you I say, I put on you no other burden; 25  what you have, though, hold till I come. And to the victor, 26  the man who keeps my dealings till the end, I will give dominion over the nations, 27  that he should drive them with an iron rod as earthen dishes are shattered, as I too received from my Father; 28  and I will give him the morning star. 29  Let him who has an ear hear what it is that the Spirit is saying to the churches.’

Footnotes

2:10 Var. be at all afraid
2:16 Var. omits So