The Letter to Ephesus

1 "To the angel a of the church in Ephesus write: "The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says:

References for Revelation 2:1

    • a 2:1 - Or messenger here and elsewhere
      2 I 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.
      3 You 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 b and remove your lampstand from its place-unless you repent.

      References for Revelation 2:5

        • b 2:5 - Other mss add quickly
          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 d the paradise of God. e

          References for Revelation 2:7

            • c 2:7 - 1 Jn 5:4-5
            • d 2:7 - Other mss read in the midst of
            • e 2:7 - Gn 2:8-9; Lk 23:43; 2 Co 12:4; Rv 22:2,14,19

              The Letter to Smyrna

              8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: "The First and the Last, the One who was dead and came to life, says:

              References for Revelation 2:8

                  9 I know your f tribulation and poverty, yet you are rich. [I know] the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

                  References for Revelation 2:9

                    • f 2:9 - Other mss add works and
                      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 tribulation for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown g of life.

                      References for Revelation 2:10

                        • g 2:10 - Or wreath
                          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. h

                          References for Revelation 2:11

                            • h 2:11 - Rv 20:6,14; 21:8

                              The Letter to Pergamum

                              12 "To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: "The One who has the sharp, two-edged sword i says:

                              References for Revelation 2:12

                                  13 I know j where you live-where Satan's throne is! And you are holding on to My name and did not deny your faith in Me, k even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan lives.

                                  References for Revelation 2:13

                                    • j 2:13 - Other mss add your works and
                                    • k 2:13 - Or deny My faith
                                      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 l in front of the sons of Israel: to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. m

                                      References for Revelation 2:14

                                        • l 2:14 - Or to place a trap
                                        • m 2:14 - Or commit fornication
                                          15 In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. n

                                          References for Revelation 2:15

                                            • n 2:15 - 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. o p I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.

                                              References for Revelation 2:17

                                                • o 2:17 - Other mss add to eat
                                                • p 2:17 - Ex 16:32-34

                                                  The Letter to Thyatira

                                                  18 "To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: "The Son of God, the One whose eyes are like a fiery flame, and whose feet are like fine bronze says:

                                                  References for Revelation 2:18

                                                      19 I know your works-your love, faithfulness, q service, and endurance. Your last works are greater than the first.

                                                      References for Revelation 2:19

                                                          20 But I have this against you: you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and teaches and deceives My slaves to commit sexual immorality r and to eat meat sacrificed to idols.

                                                          References for Revelation 2:20

                                                            • r 2:20 - Or commit fornication
                                                              21 I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality. s

                                                              References for Revelation 2:21

                                                                • s 2:21 - 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 t practices.

                                                                  References for Revelation 2:22

                                                                    • t 2:22 - Other mss read their
                                                                      23 I will kill her children with the plague. uv Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds w and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

                                                                      References for Revelation 2:23

                                                                        • u 2:23 - Or I will surely kill her children
                                                                        • v 2:23 - Ezk 33:27
                                                                        • w 2:23 - Lit kidneys
                                                                          24 I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who haven't known the deep things x of Satan-as they say-I do not put any other burden on you.

                                                                          References for Revelation 2:24

                                                                            • x 2:24 - Or the secret things
                                                                              25 But hold on to what you have until I come. y

                                                                              References for Revelation 2:25

                                                                                  26 The victor and the one who keeps My works to the end: I will give him authority over the nations-
                                                                                  27 and He will shepherd z them with an iron scepter; He will shatter them like pottery { - just as I have received [this] from My Father.

                                                                                  References for Revelation 2:27

                                                                                    • z 2:27 - Or rule; see 19:15
                                                                                    • { 2:27 - Ps 2:9
                                                                                      28 I will also give him the morning star. |

                                                                                      References for Revelation 2:28

                                                                                        • | 2:28 - Rv 22:16; 2 Pt 1:19
                                                                                          29 "Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.