1 “To the angel of the church in aEphesus write:
2 ‘aI know your deeds and your toil and 1perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you bput to the test those who call themselves capostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
4 ‘But I have this against you, that you have aleft your first love.
6 ‘Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the aNicolaitans, which I also hate.
8 “And to the angel of the church in aSmyrna write:
10 ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be atested, and you will have tribulation bfor ten days. 1Be cfaithful until death, and I will give you dthe crown of life.
12 “And to the angel of the church in aPergamum write:
The One who has bthe sharp two-edged sword says this:
13 ‘I know where you dwell, where aSatan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny bMy faith even in the days of Antipas, My cwitness, My dfaithful one, who was killed among you, ewhere Satan dwells.
14 ‘But aI have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the bteaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, cto eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.
15 ‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the aNicolaitans.
17 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. aTo him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden bmanna, and I will give him a white stone, and a cnew name written on the stone dwhich no one knows but he who receives it.’
18 “And to the angel of the church in aThyatira write:
20 ‘But aI have this against you, that you tolerate the woman bJezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they ccommit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
28 and I will give him athe morning star.
29 ‘aHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
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