Revelation of John 2

The Letters to the Seven Churches

The Letter to Ephesus

1“Write to the angel
Or messenger here and elsewhere
of the church in Ephesus:
“The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says:
2I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. 3You also possess endurance and have tolerated many things because of My name and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you
Other mss add quickly
and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent.
6 Yet you do have this: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

7 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor c the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in
Other mss read in the midst of
God’s paradise. e

The Letter to Smyrna

8 “Write to the angel of the church in Smyrna:“The First and the Last, the One who was dead and came to life, says: 9I know your
Other mss add works and
affliction and poverty, yet you are rich. I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a
synagogue(s): A place where the Jewish people met for prayer, worship and teaching of the Scriptures
synagogue of Satan.
10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have affliction for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown
Or wreath
of life.

11 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor will never be harmed by the second death. i

The Letter to Pergamum

12 “Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum:“The One who has the sharp, double-edged sword j says: 13I know
Other mss add your works and
where you live – where Satan’s throne is! And you are holding on to My name and did not deny your faith in Me,
Or deny My faith
even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness who was killed among you, where Satan lives.
14 But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumbling block
Or to place a trap
in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.
Or commit fornication
15In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
Other mss add which I hate
16 Therefore repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

17 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor some of the hidden manna.
Other mss add to eat
q I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name r is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.

The Letter to Thyatira

18 “Write to the angel of the church in Thyatira:“The Son of God, the One whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like fine bronze,
Probably gleaming white hot; Rv 1:15
19I know your works – your love, faithfulness,
Or faith
service, and endurance. Your last works are greater than the first.
20 But I have this against you: You tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and deceives My
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slaves to commit sexual immorality
Or commit fornication
and to eat meat sacrificed to idols.
21I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.
Or her fornication
22 Look! I will throw her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her
Other mss read their
23I will kill her children with the plague.
Or I will surely kill her children
z Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds
Lit kidneys
and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works.
24I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who haven’t known the deep things
Or the secret things
of Satan – as they say – I do not put any other burden on you.
25 But hold on to what you have until I come. ac 26 The one who is victorious and keeps My works to the end: I will give him authority over the nations

27and he will shepherd
Or rule; see 19:15
ae them with an iron scepter;

he will shatter them like pottery af , ag

just as I have received this from My Father.
28I will also give him the morning star. ah

29 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.
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