3 “To the angela of the church in Sardisc write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven spiritsb d of God and the seven stars.e I know your deeds;f you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.g 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent.h But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief,i and you will not know at what timej I will come to you.
4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes.k They will walk with me, dressed in white,l for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victoriousm will, like them, be dressed in white.n I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life,o but will acknowledge that name before my Fatherp and his angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hearq what the Spirit says to the churches.
7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphiar write:
These are the words of him who is holys and true,t who holds the key of David.u What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds.v See, I have placed before you an open doorw that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.x 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan,y who claim to be Jews though they are not,z but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feeta and acknowledge that I have loved you.b 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep youc from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole worldd to teste the inhabitants of the earth.f
11 I am coming soon.g Hold on to what you have,h so that no one will take your crown.i 12 The one who is victoriousj I will make a pillark in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my Godl and the name of the city of my God,m the new Jerusalem,n which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hearo what the Spirit says to the churches.
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodiceap write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness,q the ruler of God’s creation.r 15 I know your deeds,s that you are neither cold nor hot.t I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’u But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.v 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire,w so you can become rich; and white clothesx to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness;y and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.z So be earnest and repent.a 20 Here I am! I stand at the doorb and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,c I will come ind and eat with that person, and they with me.
21 To the one who is victorious,e I will give the right to sit with me on my throne,f just as I was victoriousg and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hearh what the Spirit says to the churches.”
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