Bible: Revelation 2

To the Church in Ephesus

2:1To the angel of the church in Ephesus, 1  write the following: 2 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 3  the one who has a firm grasp on 4  the seven stars in his right hand 5 the one who walks among the seven golden 6  lampstands: 2:2 I know your works as well as your 7  labor and steadfast endurance, and that you cannot tolerate 8  evil. You have even put to the test 9  those who refer to themselves as apostles (but are not), and have discovered that they are false. 2:3 I am also aware 10  that you have persisted steadfastly, 11  endured much for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary. 2:4 But I have this against you: You have departed 12  from your first love! 2:5 Therefore, remember from what high state 13  you have fallen and repent! Do 14  the deeds you did at the first; 15  if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place – that is, if you do not repent. 16  2:6 But you do have this going for you: 17  You hate what the Nicolaitans 18  practice 19 practices I also hate. 2:7 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 20  I will permit 21  him to eat from the tree of life that is 22  in the paradise of God.’ 23 

To the Church in Smyrna

2:8To 24  the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: 25 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 26  the one who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but 27  came to life: 2:9 I know the distress you are suffering 28  and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know 29  the slander against you 30  by those who call themselves Jews and really are not, but are a synagogue 31  of Satan. 2:10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown 32  into prison so you may be tested, 33  and you will experience suffering 34  for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. 35  2:11 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers 36  will in no way be harmed by the second death.’

To the Church in Pergamum

2:12To 37  the angel of the church in Pergamum write the following: 38 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 39  the one who has the sharp double-edged sword: 40  2:13 I know 41  where you live – where Satan’s throne is. Yet 42  you continue to cling 43  to my name and you have not denied your 44  faith in me, 45  even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, 46  who was killed in your city 47  where Satan lives. 2:14 But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, 48  who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block 49  before the people 50  of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. 51  2:15 In the same way, there are also some among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 52  2:16 Therefore, 53  repent! If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people 54  with the sword of my mouth. 2:17 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 55  I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white 56  stone, 57  and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand 58  except the one who receives it.’

To the Church in Thyatira

2:18To 59  the angel of the church in Thyatira writethe following: 60 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 61  the Son of God, the one who has eyes like a fiery flame 62  and whose feet are like polished bronze: 63  2:19 I know your deeds: your love, faith, 64  service, and steadfast endurance. 65  In fact, 66  your more recent deeds are greater than your earlier ones. 2:20 But I have this against you: You tolerate that 67  woman 68  Jezebel, 69  who calls herself a prophetess, and by her teaching deceives 70  my servants 71  to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 72  2:21 I 73  have given her time to repent, but 74  she is not willing to repent of her sexual immorality. 2:22 Look! I am throwing her onto a bed of violent illness, 75  and those who commit adultery with her into terrible suffering, 76  unless they repent of her deeds. 2:23 Furthermore, I will strike her followers 77  with a deadly disease, 78  and then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts. I will repay 79  each one of you 80  what your deeds deserve. 81  2:24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not hold to this teaching 82  (who have not learned the so-called “deep secrets 83  of Satan), to you I say: I do not put any additional burden on you. 2:25 However, hold on to what you have until I come. 2:26 And to the one who conquers 84  and who continues in 85  my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations 86 

2:27 he 87  will rule 88  them with an iron rod 89 

and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, 90 

2:28 just as I have received the right to rule 91  from my Father – and I will give him the morning star. 92  2:29 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

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