The Letter to Ephesus
1 “Write to the angel # 2:1 Or messenger, also in vv. 8,12,18 of the church in Ephesus: Thus says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among the seven golden lampstands:#Ac 21:11; Rv 1:16,20 2I know your works, your labor, and your endurance,#Rv 2:19; 3:1,8,15 and that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not,#2Co 11:13 and you have found them to be liars.#1Jn 4:1 3I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name,#Mt 24:9 and have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first.#Jr 2:2 5Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.#Heb 10:32 Otherwise, I will come to you#2:5 Other mss add quickly and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6Yet you do have this: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give #
the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in#2:7 Other mss read in the midst of the paradise of God.#Gn 2:8-9; Lk 23:43; 2Co 12:4; Rv 22:2,14,19
The Letter to Smyrna
8 “Write to the angel of the church in Smyrna: Thus says the First and the Last, #
the one who was dead and came to life: 9I know your#2:9 Other mss add works and affliction and poverty, but you are rich. I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.#Rv 3:9-10 10Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the devil#Mt 4:1; Eph 4:27; 6:11; 1Tm 3:6; Jms 4:7; 1Pt 5:8; Rv 12:9,12; 20:2 is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will experience affliction for ten days.#Dn 1:12,14 Be faithful to the point of death,#Mt 10:22; 24:13; Rv 12:11 and I will give you the crown#2:10 Or wreath of life.#1Co 9:25; Jms 1:12; Rv 3:11
11 “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will never be harmed by the second death. #
Rv 20:6,14; 21:8
The Letter to Pergamum
12 “Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum: Thus says the one who has the sharp, double-edged sword: #
Is 49:2; Heb 4:12; Rv 1:16; 2:16; 19:15 13I know#2:13 Other mss add your works and where you live — where Satan’s throne is. Yet you are holding on to my name and did not deny your faith in me,#2:13 Or deny my faith#1Tm 5:8 even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness#Ac 22:20 who was put to death among you, where Satan lives. 14But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam,#2Pt 2:15 who taught Balak to place a stumbling block#2:14 Or to place a trap in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols#Ac 15:29; 1Co 8:10; 10:19 and to commit sexual immorality.#Nm 25:1; 31:16; 1Co 10:8 15In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.#2:15 Other mss add which I hate 16So repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly#Rv 22:7 and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.#2Th 2:8
17 “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give some of the hidden manna. # 2:17 Other mss add to eat #
I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name#Is 55:13; 56:5; 62:2 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: Thus says the Son of God, #
the one whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like fine bronze:#Rv 1:14-15 19I know your works — your love, faithfulness,#2:19 Or faith service, and endurance.#1Th 1:3; Rv 2:2 I know that your last works are greater than the first. 20But I have this against you: You tolerate the woman Jezebel,#1Kg 16:30-33; 21:25; 2Kg 9:7,30-37 who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and deceives my servants to commit sexual immorality and to eat meat sacrificed to idols.#2Kg 9:22; Ac 15:29; 1Co 10:20 21I gave her time to repent,#Rm 2:4; 2Pt 3:9 but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.#Rv 9:20-21; 16:9,11 22Look, I will throw her into a sickbed#2Kg 9:22 and those who commit adultery with her#Rv 17:2; 18:9 into great affliction.#Mt 24:21; Ac 7:11 Unless they repent of her#2:22 Other mss read their works, 23I will strike her children dead.#2:23 Or with a plague#Ezk 33:27 Then all the churches will know that I am the one who examines minds and hearts,#Ps 7:9; 26:2; 139:1; Jr 11:20; 17:10; Mt 16:27; Lk 16:15; Ac 1:24; Rm 8:27 and I will give to each of you according to your works.#Rm 2:6; 2Co 11:15; 2Tm 4:14; Rv 18:6; 20:12-13 24I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who haven’t known “the so-called secrets#2:24 Or the secret things#2Co 2:10 of Satan”#Rv 2:9 — as they say — I am not putting any other burden on you.#Mt 11:30; Ac 15:28; 24:4; 1Jn 5:3 25Only hold on to what you have until I come.#Rv 3:11 26The one who conquers and who keeps my works to the end: I will give him authority over the nations —
27 and he will rule # 2:27 Or shepherd #
them with an iron scepter;
he will shatter them like pottery # 2:27 Ps 2:9 #
28 just as I have received this from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. #
Is 14:12; 2Pt 1:19; Rv 22:1
29 “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.