1 "To the angel of the congregation of Ephesus write: The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lamp stands, says:
2 "'I know your works, and your labor, and your patience. I also know how you cannot tolerate those who are evil. You tested those who say they are apostles. They are not apostles. You found them to be liars.
3 "'You have endured and are patient. You suffer for my name's sake and have not grown weary.
4 "'However I have this against you: you do not love me now as you did at first.
5 "'Think how far you have fallen! Turn from your sins repent and do what you did at first. If you do not turn from your sins, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place.
6 "'Yet you have this in your favor: you hate the deeds of the sect of Nicolaus just as I hate their deeds.
7 "'He who can hear should listen to what the Spirit says to the congregations! To him who overcomes I will give the right to eat the fruit of the tree of life that grows in the Paradise Garden of God.'
8 "To the angel of the congregation in Smyrna write: This is the message from the one who is the 'First and the Last', who died and came to life again.
9 "'I know your troubles. I know that you are poor, but you are rich! I know the evil things said against you by those who claim to be Jews but are not. Their synagogue belongs to Satan!
10 "'Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil false accuserDevil is about to throw you into prison, that you may be tested. You will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful even if you must die, and I will give you the crown of life.
11 "'He who can hear should listen to what the Spirit says to the congregations. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.'
12 "To the angel of the congregation in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword:
13 "'I know where you live and where the throne of Satan is. You cling to my name and have not denied my faith, even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness. He was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
14 "'I have a few things against you: you have people there who hold to the teachings of Balaam, who taught Balak to present a snare to the sons of Israel, to eat of idol sacrifices and commit fornication.
15 "'You also have those who hold the doctrine teaching of the sect of Nicolaus in like manner.
16 "'Turn away from your sins! If you do not repent I will come to you soon. And I will fight against those people with the sword that comes out of my mouth.
17 "'He who can hear should listen to what the Spirit says to the congregations! To those who overcome in victory I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give each of them a white stone on which is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.'
18 "To the angel of the congregation in Thyatira write: This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes blaze like fire, whose feet shine like polished brass.
19 "'I know your works. I know your love, your faithfulness, your service, and your patience. I know that you are doing more now than you did 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 servants astray so that they commit 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 "'Watch this! I am going to throw her into a sickbed. Those who commit sexual sins with her will also suffer much trouble, unless they repent and turn away from what she is doing.
23 "'I will kill her children with deadly plague. Then all the congregations will know that I am the one who searches hearts and minds. I will reward each of you for what you have done.
24 "'But to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not hold on to Jezebel's teaching, who have not learned what are called the "deep things of Satan," I will not burden you with anything else.
25 "'Just hold on to what you have until I come.
26 "'To the person who conquers and continues to do my works to the end, I will give power authority over the nations.
27 "'He will rule them with a rod of iron and break them to pieces like clay vessels: even as I received from my Father.
28 "'I will give him the morning star.
29 "'He who can hear let him hear what the Spirit says to the congregations.'"