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Revelation 2:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Loveless Church

“To the [a]angel of the church of Ephesus write,

‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:1 Or messenger
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Revelation 2:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Message to Ephesus

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks [a]among the seven golden lampstands, says this:

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:1 Lit in the middle of
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Revelation 2:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Message to Ephesus

“To the angel (divine messenger) of the church in [a]Ephesus write:

“These are the words of the One who holds [firmly] the seven stars [which are the angels or messengers of the seven churches] in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands (the seven churches):

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:1 Ephesus, the largest city in Roman-controlled Asia Minor, developed into a major trade center because of its access to the Aegean Sea. It was the primary center for the worship of the goddess Artemis (Diana). The Temple of Artemis, the largest building in ancient times, was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The open-air theatre in Ephesus could accommodate 25,000 spectators and was used for both drama and gladiatorial combat.
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Revelation 2:1 New International Version (NIV)

To the Church in Ephesus

“To the angel[a] 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:1 Or messenger; also in verses 8, 12 and 18
New International Version (NIV)

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Revelation 2:1 King James Version (KJV)

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 2:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

New King James Version (NKJV)

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Revelation 2:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the [a]deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:5 Lit first deeds
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Revelation 2:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)

So remember the heights from which you have fallen, and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will] and do the works you did at first [when you first knew Me]; otherwise, I will visit you and remove your lampstand (the church, its impact) from its place—unless you repent.

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Revelation 2:5 New International Version (NIV)

Consider how far 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.

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Revelation 2:5 King James Version (KJV)

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Revelation 2:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Compromising Church

12 “And to the [a]angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:12 Or messenger
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Revelation 2:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Message to Pergamum

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:

The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this:

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Revelation 2:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Message to Pergamum

12 “And to the angel (divine messenger) of the church in [a]Pergamum write:

“These are the words of Him who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword [in judgment]:

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:12 Pergamum (modern Bergama, Turkey) was built on a promontory about sixteen miles from the Aegean Sea. It was famous as a worship center for many pagan gods including Zeus (Jupiter, king of gods), Dionysus (Bacchus, god of wine and intoxication), and Asklepios (god of healing). The enormous altar dedicated to Zeus is on display in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Pergamum also had an important temple dedicated to the worship of Caesar. Refusal to take part in the imperial cult was considered treason. A culturally sophisticated city as well as a center for pagan worship, Pergamum’s library, believed to contain over 200,000 volumes, was second only to the Library of Alexandria.
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Revelation 2:12 New International Version (NIV)

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:

These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.

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Revelation 2:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Revelation 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

New King James Version (NKJV)

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Revelation 2:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.

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Revelation 2:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Therefore repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will]; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war and fight against them with the sword of My mouth [in judgment].

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Revelation 2:16 New International Version (NIV)

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

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Revelation 2:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Revelation 2:18-24 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Corrupt Church

18 “And to the [a]angel of the church in Thyatira write,

‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, [b]service, faith, and your [c]patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 Nevertheless I have [d]a few things against you, because you allow [e]that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, [f]to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to [g]repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of [h]their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches[i] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

24 “Now to you I say, [j]and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I [k]will put on you no other burden.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:18 Or messenger
  2. Revelation 2:19 NU, M faith, service
  3. Revelation 2:19 perseverance
  4. Revelation 2:20 NU, M against you that you tolerate
  5. Revelation 2:20 M your wife Jezebel
  6. Revelation 2:20 NU, M and teaches and seduces
  7. Revelation 2:21 NU, M repent, and she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.
  8. Revelation 2:22 NU, M her
  9. Revelation 2:23 examines
  10. Revelation 2:24 NU, M omit and
  11. Revelation 2:24 NU, M omit will
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Revelation 2:18-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Message to Thyatira

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

The Son of God, who has [a]eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:

19 I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and [b]perseverance, and that your [c]deeds of late are greater than [d]at first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her [e]on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of [f]her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with [g]pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the [h]minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:18 Lit His eyes
  2. Revelation 2:19 Or steadfastness
  3. Revelation 2:19 Lit last deeds
  4. Revelation 2:19 Lit the first
  5. Revelation 2:22 Lit into
  6. Revelation 2:22 One early ms reads their
  7. Revelation 2:23 Lit death
  8. Revelation 2:23 Lit kidneys, i.e. inner man
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Revelation 2:18-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Message to Thyatira

18 “And to the angel (divine messenger) of the church in [a]Thyatira write:

“These are the words of the Son of God, who has eyes [that flash] like a flame of fire [in righteous judgment], and whose feet are like burnished [white-hot] bronze:

19 ‘I know your deeds, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your last deeds are more numerous and greater than the first. 20 But I have this [charge] against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and she teaches and misleads My bond-servants so that they commit [acts of sexual] immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent [to change her inner self and her sinful way of thinking], but she has no desire to repent of her immorality and refuses to do so. 22 [b]Listen carefully, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her [I will bring] into great anguish, unless they repent of her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children (followers) with [c]pestilence [thoroughly annihilating them], and all the churches will know [without any doubt] that I am He who searches the [d]minds and hearts [the innermost thoughts, purposes]; and I will give to each one of you [a reward or punishment] according to your deeds. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not explored and known the [e]depths of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you,

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:18 Thyatira (modern Akhisar, Turkey) was famous for its dyeing and indigo trade. It was the home of Lydia, the seller of purple fabrics, who was converted under the ministry of Paul (Acts 16:14). Located in a valley, midway between Pergamum and Sardis, it was originally established as a military base by one of the generals in the army of Alexander the Great.
  2. Revelation 2:22 Lit Behold.
  3. Revelation 2:23 Lit death.
  4. Revelation 2:23 Lit kidneys, i.e. inner man. In Jewish thought, the kidneys were considered a source of wisdom (cf Ps 16:7).
  5. Revelation 2:24 I.e. participated in and experienced evil.
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