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 Revelation 2 - 3
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2:1-29 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus R75 write: The One who holds the R76 seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among R77 F13 the seven golden lampstands, says this: 2 `I R78 know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, F14 and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put R79 to the test those who call themselves apostles, R80 and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance F15 and have endured for R81 My name's sake, and have not grown weary. 4 `But I have this against you, that you have left R82 your first love. 5 `Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent R83 and do R84 the deeds F16 you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand R85 out of its place--unless you repent. 6 `Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, R86 which I also hate. 7 `He R87 who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To R88 him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the R89 tree of life which is in the Paradise R90 of God.'

8 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna R91 write: The R92 first and the last, who was R93 F17 dead, and has come to life, says this: 9 `I know your tribulation R94 and your poverty R95 (but you are rich), R95 and the blasphemy by those who say R96 they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. R97 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 tested, R98 and you will have tribulation for R99 ten days. Be F18 faithful R100 until death, and I will give you the R101 crown of life. 11 `He R102 who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He R103 who overcomes will not be hurt by the second R104 death.'

12 "And to the angel of the church in Pergamum R105 write: The One who has the R106 sharp two-edged sword says this: 13 `I know where you dwell, where Satan's R107 throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My R108 faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, R109 My faithful R110 one, who was killed among you, where R111 Satan dwells. 14 `But I R112 have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching R113 of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to R114 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 Nicolaitans. R115 16 `Therefore repent; R116 or else I R117 am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the R118 sword of My mouth. 17 `He R119 who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To R119 him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, R120 and I will give him a white stone, and a new R121 name written on the stone which R122 no one knows but he who receives it.'

18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira R123 write: The R124 Son of God, who R125 has eyes F19 like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this: 19 `I R126 know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, F20 and that your deeds F21 of late are greater than at F22 first. 20 `But I R127 have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, R128 who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit R129 acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 `I R130 gave her time to repent, and she does R131 not want to repent of her immorality. 22 `Behold, I will throw her on F23 a bed of sickness, and those who commit R132 adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her F24 deeds. 23 `And I will kill her children with pestilence, F25 and all the churches will know that I am He who searches R133 the minds F26 and hearts; and I R134 will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 `But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, R135 who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep R136 things of Satan, as they call them--I place R137 no other burden on you. 25 `Nevertheless what R138 you have, hold fast until R139 I come. 26 `He R140 who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until R141 the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; 27 AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him the R145 morning star. 29 `He R146 who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

3:1-22 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis R147 write: He who has the R148 seven Spirits of God and the R149 seven stars, says this: `I R150 know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but F29 you are dead. R151 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 remember R152 what F30 you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. R152 Therefore if you do not wake up, I R152 will come like R153 a thief, and you will not know at what R154 hour I will come to you. 4 `But you have a few people R155 F31 in Sardis R156 who have not soiled R157 their garments; and they will walk with Me in R158 white, for they are worthy. 5 `He R159 who overcomes will thus be clothed in white R160 garments; and I will not erase R161 his name from the book of life, and I R162 will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 `He R163 who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia R164 write: He R165 who is holy, who R166 is true, who has the R167 key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: 8 `I R168 know your deeds. F32 Behold, I have put before you an R169 open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have R170 not denied My name. 9 `Behold, I will F33 cause those of the R171 synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie--I will make them come R172 and bow down at F34 your feet, and make them know that I R173 have loved you. 10 `Because you have kept R174 the word of My R175 perseverance, F35 I R176 also will keep you from the hour of testing, R177 F36 that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, R178 F37 to test F38 those R179 who dwell on the earth. 11 `I R180 am coming quickly; hold R181 fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. R182 12 `He R183 who overcomes, I will make him a pillar R184 in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name R185 of My God, and the R186 name of the city of My God, the R187 new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new R188 name. 13 `He R189 who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea R190 write: The R191 Amen, the R192 faithful and true Witness, the R193 Beginning F39 of the creation of God, says this: 15 `I R194 know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I R195 wish that you were cold or hot. 16 `So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit F40 you out of My mouth. 17 `Because you say, "I R196 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 buy R197 from Me gold R198 refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white R199 garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the R200 shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 `Those R201 whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. R202 20 `Behold, I stand at R203 the door and knock; R204 if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I R205 will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 `He R206 who overcomes, I will grant to him to R207 sit down with Me on My throne, as I R208 also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 `He R209 who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.' "

F13 Lit in the middle of
F14 Or steadfastness
F15 V 2, note 1
F16 Lit first deeds
F17 Lit became
F18 Or Prove yourself faithful
F19 Lit His eyes
F20 Or steadfastness
F21 Lit last deeds
F22 Lit the first
F23 Lit into
F24 One early ms reads their
F25 Lit death
F26 Lit kidneys, i.e. inner man
F27 Or Gentiles
F28 Lit shepherd
F29 Lit and
F30 Lit how
F31 Lit names
F32 Or deeds (behold...shut), that you have
F33 Lit give
F34 Lit before
F35 Or steadfastness
F36 Or temptation
F37 Lit inhabited earth
F38 Or tempt
F39 I.e. Origin or Source
F40 Lit vomit


R75 Revelation 1:11
R76 Revelation 1:16
R77 Revelation 1:12f
R78 Revelation 2:19;
R79 John 6:6; 1 John 4:1
R80 2 Corinthians 11:13
R81 John 15:21
R82 Jeremiah 2:2; Matthew 24:12
R83 Revelation 2:16,22;
R84 Hebrews 10:32; Revelation 2:2
R85 Matthew 5:14ff; Philippians 2:15; Revelation 1:20
R86 Revelation 2:15
R87 Matthew 11:15; Revelation 2:11,17; 3:6,13,22;
R88 Revelation 2:11,17,26; 3:5,12,21;
R89 Genesis 2:9; 3:22; Proverbs 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Revelation 22:2,14
R90 Ezekiel 28:13; 31:8f; Luke 23:43
R91 Revelation 1:11
R92 Isaiah 44:6; 48:12; Revelation 1:17;
R93 Revelation 1:18
R94 Revelation 1:9
R95 2 Corinthians 6:10; 8:9; James 2:5
R96 Revelation 3:9
R97 Matthew 4:10; Revelation 2:13,24
R98 Revelation 3:10;
R99 Daniel 1:12,14
R100 Revelation 2:13; 12:11;
R101 1 Corinthians 9:25; Revelation 3:11
R102 Matthew 11:15; Revelation 2:7,17,29; 3:6,13,22;
R103 Revelation 2:7,17,26; 3:5,12,21;
R104 Revelation 20:6,14; 21:8
R105 Revelation 1:11
R106 Revelation 1:16; 2:16
R107 Matthew 4:10; Revelation 2:24
R108 1 Timothy 5:8; Revelation 14:12
R109 Acts 22:20; Revelation 1:5; 11:3;
R110 Revelation 2:10; 12:11;
R111 Revelation 2:9
R112 Revelation 2:20
R113 Numbers 31:16; 2 Peter 2:15
R114 Numbers 25:1f; Acts 15:29; 1 Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 2:20
R115 Revelation 2:6
R116 Revelation 2:5
R117 Revelation 22:7,20
R118 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 1:16
R119 Revelation 2:7
R120 Exodus 16:33; John 6:49f
R121 Isaiah 56:5; 62:2;
R122 Revelation 14:3; 19:12
R123 Revelation 1:11;
R124 Matthew 4:3
R125 Revelation 1:14f
R126 Revelation 2:2
R127 Revelation 2:14
R128 1 Kings 16:31; 21:25; 2 Kings 9:7,22,30
R129 Acts 15:29; 1 Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 2:14
R130 Romans 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9
R131 Romans 2:5; Revelation 9:20f; 16:9,11
R132 Revelation 17:2; 18:9
R133 Psalms 7:9; 26:2; 139:1; Jeremiah 11:20; 17:10; Matthew 16:27; Luke 16:15; Acts 1:24; Romans 8:27
R134 Psalms 62:12
R135 Revelation 2:18
R136 1 Corinthians 2:10
R137 Acts 15:28
R138 Revelation 3:11
R139 John 21:22
R140 Revelation 2:7
R141 Matthew 10:22; Hebrews 3:6
R142 Psalms 2:8; Revelation 3:21; 20:4
R143 Psalms 2:9; Revelation 12:5;
R144 Isaiah 30:14; Jeremiah 19:11
R145 1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:16
R146 Revelation 2:7
R147 Revelation 1:11
R148 Revelation 1:4
R149 Revelation 1:16
R150 Revelation 2:2;
R151 1 Timothy 5:6
R152 Revelation 2:5
R153 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 16:15
R154 Matthew 24:43; Luke 12:39f
R155 Revelation 11:13
R156 Revelation 1:11
R157 Jude 23
R158 Ecclesiastes 9:8; Revelation 3:5,18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9,13f; 19:8,14
R159 Revelation 2:7
R160 Revelation 3:4
R161 Exodus 32:32f; Psalms 69:28; Luke 10:20; Revelation 13:8; 17:8; 20:12,15;
R162 Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8
R163 Revelation 2:7
R164 Revelation 1:11
R165 Revelation 6:10
R166 1 John 5:20; Revelation 3:14;
R167 Job 12:14; Isaiah 22:22; Matthew 16:19; Revelation 1:18
R168 Revelation 3:1
R169 Acts 14:27
R170 Revelation 2:13
R171 Revelation 2:9
R172 Isaiah 45:14; 49:23;
R173 Isaiah 43:4; John 17:23
R174 John 17:6; Revelation 3:8
R175 Revelation 1:9
R176 2 Timothy 2:12; 2 Peter 2:9
R177 Revelation 2:10
R178 Matthew 24:14; Revelation 16:14
R179 Revelation 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8,14; 17:8
R180 Revelation 1:3;
R181 Revelation 2:25
R182 Revelation 2:10
R183 Revelation 3:5
R184 1 Kings 7:21; Jeremiah 1:18; Galatians 2:9
R185 Revelation 14:1;
R186 Ezekiel 48:35; Revelation 21:2
R187 Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 13:14; Revelation 21:2,10
R188 Isaiah 62:2; Revelation 2:17
R189 Revelation 3:6
R190 Revelation 1:11
R191 2 Corinthians 1:20
R192 Revelation 1:5;
R193 Genesis 49:3; Deuteronomy 21:17; Proverbs 8:22; John 1:3; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 21:6; 22:13
R194 Revelation 3:1
R195 Romans 12:11
R196 Hosea 12:8; Zechariah 11:5; Matthew 5:3; 1 Corinthians 4:8
R197 Isaiah 55:1; Matthew 13:44
R198 1 Peter 1:7
R199 Revelation 3:4
R200 Revelation 16:15
R201 Proverbs 3:12; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:6
R202 Revelation 2:5
R203 Matthew 24:33; James 5:9
R204 Luke 12:36; John 10:3
R205 John 14:23
R206 Revelation 2:7
R207 Matthew 19:28; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:26;
R208 John 16:33; Revelation 5:5; 6:2; 17:14
R209 Revelation 2:7


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