Revelation 2 NIV

To the Church in Ephesus

1 "To the angela of the church in Ephesus1 write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand2 and walks among the seven golden lampstands:3

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    • a 2:1 - Or "messenger"; also in verses 8, 12 and 18
      2 I know your deeds,4 your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested5 those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.6

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      3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name,7 and have not grown weary.

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      4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.8

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      5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent9 and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand10 from its place.

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      6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans,11 which I also hate.

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        • 11 2:6 - ver 15
          7 He who has an ear, let him hear12 what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes,13 I will give the right to eat from the tree of life,14 which is in the paradise15 of God.

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          To the Church in Smyrna

          8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna16 write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last,17 who died and came to life again.18

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          9 I know your afflictions and your poverty--yet you are rich!19 I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not,20 but are a synagogue of Satan.21

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              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,22 and you will suffer persecution for ten days.23 Be faithful,24 even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.25

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              11 He who has an ear, let him hear26 what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.27

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                  To the Church in Pergamum

                  12 "To the angel of the church in Pergamum28 write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.29

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                  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,30 even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness,31 who was put to death in your city--where Satan lives.32

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                      14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you:33 You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam,34 who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols35 and by committing sexual immorality.36

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                          15 Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.37

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                              16 Repent38 therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.39

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                                  17 He who has an ear, let him hear40 what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes,41 I will give some of the hidden manna.42 I will also give him a white stone with a new name43 written on it, known only to him who receives it.44

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                                  To the Church in Thyatira

                                  18 "To the angel of the church in Thyatira45 write: These are the words of the Son of God,46 whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.47

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                                  19 I know your deeds,48 your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

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                                      20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel,49 who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.50

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                                      21 I have given her time51 to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.52

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                                      22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery53 with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.

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                                      23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds,54 and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.55

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                                      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):56

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                                      25 Only hold on to what you have57 until I come.58

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                                      26 To him who overcomes59 and does my will to the end,60 I will give authority over the nations61--

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                                      27 'He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery'62 -- just as I have received authority from my Father.

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                                      28 I will also give him the morning star.63

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                                      29 He who has an ear, let him hear64 what the Spirit says to the churches.

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