1 “To the angel of the church in aEphesus write:
2 ‘aI know your deeds and your toil and 1perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you bput to the test those who call themselves capostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have 1perseverance and have endured afor My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 ‘But I have this against you, that you have aleft your first love. 5 ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and arepent and bdo the 1deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your clampstand out of its place—unless you repent. 6 ‘Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the aNicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. bTo him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of cthe tree of life which is in the dParadise of God.’
8 “And to the angel of the church in aSmyrna write:
9 ‘I know your atribulation and your bpoverty (but you are brich), and the blasphemy by those who csay they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of dSatan. 10 ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be atested, and you will have tribulation bfor ten days. 1Be cfaithful until death, and I will give you dthe crown of life. 11 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. bHe who overcomes will not be hurt by the csecond death.’
12 “And to the angel of the church in aPergamum write:
The One who has bthe sharp two-edged sword says this:
13 ‘I know where you dwell, where aSatan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny bMy faith even in the days of Antipas, My cwitness, My dfaithful one, who was killed among you, ewhere Satan dwells. 14 ‘But aI have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the bteaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, cto eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 ‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the aNicolaitans. 16 ‘Therefore arepent; or else bI am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with cthe sword of My mouth. 17 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. aTo him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden bmanna, and I will give him a white stone, and a cnew name written on the stone dwhich no one knows but he who receives it.’
18 “And to the angel of the church in aThyatira write:
19 ‘aI know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and 1perseverance, and that your 2deeds of late are greater than 3at first. 20 ‘But aI have this against you, that you tolerate the woman bJezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they ccommit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 ‘aI gave her time to repent, and she bdoes not want to repent of her immorality. 22 ‘Behold, I will throw her 1on a bed of sickness, and those who acommit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of 2her deeds. 23 ‘And I will kill her children with 1pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who asearches the 2minds and hearts; and bI will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 ‘But I say to you, the rest who are in aThyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the bdeep things of Satan, as they call them—I cplace no other burden on you. 25 ‘Nevertheless awhat you have, hold fast buntil I come. 26 ‘aHe who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds buntil the end, cto him I will give authority over the 1nations; 27 and he shall 1arule them with a rod of iron, bas the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him athe morning star. 29 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
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