1 “To the angel of the church in aSardis write:
He who has bthe seven Spirits of God and cthe seven stars, says this: ‘dI know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, 1but you are edead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So aremember 1what you have received and heard; and keep it, and arepent. Therefore if you do not wake up, aI will come blike a thief, and you will not know at cwhat hour I will come to you. 4 ‘But you have a few 1apeople in bSardis who have not csoiled their garments; and they will walk with Me din white, for they are worthy. 5 ‘aHe who overcomes will thus be clothed in bwhite garments; and I will not cerase his name from the book of life, and dI will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
7 “And to the angel of the church in aPhiladelphia write:
8 ‘aI know your 1deeds. Behold, I have put before you ban open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and chave not denied My name. 9 ‘Behold, I 1will cause those of athe synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them bcome and bow down 2at your feet, and make them know that cI have loved you. 10 ‘Because you have akept the word of bMy 1perseverance, cI also will keep you from the hour of 2dtesting, that hour which is about to come upon the whole 3eworld, to 4test fthose who dwell on the earth. 11 ‘aI am coming quickly; bhold fast what you have, so that no one will take your ccrown. 12 ‘aHe who overcomes, I will make him a bpillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the cname of My God, and dthe name of the city of My God, ethe new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My fnew name. 13 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
14 “To the angel of the church in aLaodicea write:
15 ‘aI know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; bI wish that you were cold or hot. 16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will 1spit you out of My mouth. 17 ‘Because you say, “aI am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to abuy from Me bgold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and cwhite garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that dthe shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 ‘aThose whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and brepent. 20 ‘Behold, I stand aat the door and bknock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, cI will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 ‘aHe who overcomes, I will grant to him bto sit down with Me on My throne, as cI also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ ”
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