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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 2

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1‘TO THE angel of the church at Ephesus write:

‘“These are the words of the One who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven gold lamps: 2I know what you are doing, how you toil and endure. I know you cannot abide wicked people; you have put to the test those who claim to be apostles but are not, and you have found them to be false. 3Endurance you have; you have borne up in my cause and have never become weary. 4However, I have this against you: the love you felt at first you have now lost. 5Think from what a height you have fallen; repent, and do as once you did. If you do not, I will come to you and remove your lamp from its place. 6Yet you have this much in your favour: you detest as I do the practices of the Nicolaitans. 7You have ears, so hear what the Spirit says to the churches! To those who are victorious I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that stands in the garden of God.”

8‘To the angel of the church at Smyrna write:

‘ “These are the words of the First and the Last, who was dead and came to life again: 9I know how hard pressed and poor you are, but in reality you are rich. I know how you are slandered by those who claim to be Jews but are not; they are really a synagogue of Satan. 10Do not be afraid of the sufferings to come. The devil will throw some of you into prison, to be put to the test, and for ten days you will be hard pressed. Be faithful till death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11You have ears, so hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Those who are victorious cannot be harmed by the second death.”

12‘To the angel of the church at Pergamum write:

‘ “These are the words of the One who has the sharp, two-edged sword: 13I know where you live; it is where Satan is enthroned. Yet you are holding fast to my cause, and did not deny your faith in me even at the time when Antipas, my faithful witness, was put to death in your city, where Satan has his home. 14But I have a few matters to bring against you. You have in Pergamum some that hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put temptation in the way of the Israelites; he encouraged them to eat food sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. 15In the same way you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16So repent! If you do not, I will come to you quickly and make war on them with the sword that comes out of my mouth. 17You have ears, so hear what the Spirit says to the churches! To anyone who is victorious I will give some of the hidden manna; I will also give him a white stone, and on it will be written a new name, known only to him who receives it.”

18‘To the angel of the church at Thyatira write:

‘ “These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes flame like fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze: 19I know what you are doing, your love and faithfulness, your service and your endurance; indeed of late you have done even better than you did at first. 20But I have this against you: you tolerate that Jezebel, the woman who claims to be a prophetess, whose teaching lures my servants into fornication and into eating food sacrificed to idols. 21I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her fornication. 22So I will throw her on a bed of pain, and I will plunge her lovers into terrible suffering, unless they renounce what she is doing; 23and her children I will kill with pestilence. This will teach all the churches that I am the searcher of men's hearts and minds, and that I will give to each of you what his deeds deserve. 24And now I speak to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not accept this teaching and have had no experience of what they call the deep secrets of Satan. On you I impose no further burden; 25only hold fast to what you have, until I come. 26To him who is victorious, to him who perseveres in doing my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—27that same authority which I received from my Father — and he will rule them with a rod of iron, smashing them to pieces like earthenware; 28and I will give him the star of dawn. 29You have ears, so hear what the Spirit says to the churches!”

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