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Revelation 2 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Here is what I command you to write to the church in Ephesus. Here are the words of the One who holds the seven stars in his right hand. He also walks among the seven golden lampstands. He says, 1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands:
2 'I know what you are doing. You work long and hard. I know you can't put up with those who are evil. You have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not. You have found out that they are liars. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
3 You have been faithful and have put up with a lot of trouble because of me. You have not given up. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 'But here is something I hold against you. You don't have as much love as you had at first. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.
5 Remember how far you have fallen! Turn away from your sins. Do the things you did at first. If you don't, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
6 'But you do have this in your favor. You hate the way the Nicolaitans act. I hate it too. 6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches. I will allow those who overcome to eat from the tree of life in God's paradise.' 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
8 "Here is what I command you to write to the church in Smyrna. Here are the words of the One who is the First and the Last. He is the One who died and came to life again. He says, 8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
9 'I know that you suffer and are poor. But you are rich! Some people say they are Jews but are not. I know that their words are evil. Their worship is satanic. 9 I know your afflictions and your 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.
10 'Don't be afraid of what you are going to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you. You will be treated badly for ten days. Be faithful, even if it means you must die. Then I will give you a crown. The crown is life itself. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
11 'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches. Those who overcome will not be hurt at all by the second death.' 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
12 "Here is what I command you to write to the church in Pergamum. Here are the words of the One with the sharp sword that has two edges. He says, 12 "To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.
13 'I know that you live where Satan has his throne. But you remain true to me. You did not give up your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness. He was put to death in your city, where Satan lives. 13 I know where you live--where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city--where Satan lives.
14 'But I have a few things against you. You have people there who follow the teaching of Balaam. He taught Balak to lead the people of Israel into sin. So they ate food that had been offered to statues of gods. And they committed sexual sins. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.
15 You also have people who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 15 Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
16 'So turn away from your sins! If you don't, I will come to you soon. I will fight against those people with the sword that comes out of my mouth. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches. I will give hidden manna to those who overcome. I will also give each of them a white stone with a new name written on it. Only the one who receives that name will know what it is.' 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
18 "Here is what I command you to write to the church in Thyatira. Here are the words of the Son of God. He is the One whose eyes are like blazing fire. His feet are like polished bronze. He says, 18 "To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
19 'I know what you are doing. I know your love and your faith. I know how well you have served. I know you don't give up easily. In fact, you are doing more now than you did at first. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
20 'But here is what I have against you. You put up with that woman Jezebel. She calls herself a prophet. With her teaching, she has led my servants into sexual sin. She has tricked them into eating food offered to statues of gods. 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
21 'I've given her time to turn away from her sinful ways. But she doesn't want to. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.
22 She sinned on a bed. So I will make her suffer on a bed. And those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly. Their only way out is to turn away from what she taught them to do. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.
23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the One who searches hearts and minds. I will pay each of you back for what you have done. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
24 'I won't bother the rest of you in Thyatira. You don't follow the teaching of Jezebel. You haven't learned what some people call Satan's deep secrets. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you):
25 Just hold on to what you have until I come. 25 Only hold on to what you have until I come.
26 'I'll give authority over the nations to all who overcome and who carry out my plans to the end. 26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations--
27 It is written, ' "He will rule them with an iron rod. He will break them to pieces like clay pots." I have received this authority from my Father. 27 'He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery -- just as I have received authority from my Father.
28 I will also give the morning star to all who overcome. 28 I will also give him the morning star.
29 'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches.' 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.