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|1||Unto 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 Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.|
He that hath an 1ear, 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.
|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;|
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 1not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall 1cast 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.
He that hath an 1ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
|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 Nicolaitanes, 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.|
He that hath an 1ear, 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.
|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.|
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 1give 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.|
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the aend, to him will I give 1power over the nations:
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.|
He that hath an 1ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
|Notes on Chapter 2|
(a) "end" = goal, outcome, limit (Greek "telos").
Does not mean entire completion, consumation of a dispensation, termination.
See notes at Matt 10:22
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