|1"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:||8"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:||12"And to the angel of the church in Per'gamum write:||18"And to the angel of the church in Thyati'ra write:||1"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write:||7"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:||14"And to the angel of the church in Laodice'a write:|
|'The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.||'The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.||'The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.||'The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.||'The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.||'The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one shall shut, who shuts and no one opens.||'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.|
|2"'I know your works, your toil and
your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested
those who call themselves apostles
but are not, and found them to be false; 3I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary.
|9"'I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a snagogue of Satan.||13"'I know where you dwell, where Satan's
throne is; you hold fast my name and you did not deny my faith even in
the days of Antipas my witness,
my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
|19"'I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.||"'I know your works; you have the name of being alive, and you are dead.||8"'I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.||15"'I know your works: you are neither
cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!
16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
|4But I have this against you, that you have
abandoned the love you had at first.
5Remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6Yet this you have, you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
|10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.||14But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice immorality. 15So you also have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.||20But I have this against you, that you tolerate
the woman Jez'ebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and
beguiling my servants to practice immorality and to eat food sacrificed
21I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her immorality. 22Behold, I will throw her on a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her doings; 23and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches shall know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you as
your works deserve.
24But to the rest of you in Thyati'ra, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay upon you any other burden; 25only hold fast what you have, until I come.
|2Awake, and strengthen what remains and is
on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight
of my God.
3Remember then what you received and heard; keep that, and repent. If you will not awake, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you. 4Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
|9Behold, I will make those of the synagogue
of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie--behold, I will
make them come and bow down before your feet, and learn that I have loved
10Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those
who dwell upon the earth.
11I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
|17For you say, I am rich, I have prospered,
and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor,
blind, and naked. 18Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined
by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to
keep the shame of
your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.
19Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
|7He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches.
To him who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.'
|11He who has an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit says to the churches.
He who conquers shall not be hurt by the
|17He who has an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit says to the churches.
To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.'
|26He who conquers and who keeps my works
until the end, I will give him power over the nations,
27and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received power from my Father; 28and I will give him the morning star.
29He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'
|5He who conquers shall be clad thus in
white garments, and I will not blot his name out of the book of life; I
will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'
|12He who conquers, I will make him a pillar
in the temple of my God; never shall he go out of it, and I will write
on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new
Jerusalem which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.
13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'
|21He who conquers, I will grant him to
sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father
on his throne.
22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"
|9 I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to La-odicea." 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast; 14 his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters; 16 in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Now write what you see, what is and what is to take place hereafter. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.|
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