Revelation 2 Moffatt - To the angel of the church at Ephesus write thus: ??These



1 To the angel of the church at Ephesus write thus: ??These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who moves among the seven golden lampstands: 2 I know your doings, your hard work and your patient endurance; I know that you cannot bear wicked men, and that you have tested those who style themselves apostles (no apostles they!) and detected them to be liars; 3 I know that you are enduring patiently and have borne up for my sake and have not wearied. 4 But I have this against you: you have given up loving one another as you did at first. 5 Now, remember the height from which you have fallen; repent and act as you did at first. If not, I will come to you [very soon] and remove your lamp stand, unless you repent. 6 Still, you have this in your favour: you hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, and I hate them too.
7 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches: 'The conqueror I will allow to eat from the tree of Life which is within the paradise of God.'
8 Then to the angel of the church at Smyrna write thus: ??These are the words of the First and Last, who was dead and came to life: 9 I know your distress and your poverty (but you are rich!): I know how you are being slandered by those who style themselves Jews (no Jews are they, but a mere synagogue of Satan!). 10 Have no fear of what you are to suffer. The devil indeed is going to put some of you in prison, that you may be tested; you will have a distressful ten days. Be faithful, though you have to die for it, and I will give you the crown of Life.
11 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches: 'The conqueror shall not be injured by the second death.'
12 Then to the angel of the church at Pergamum write thus: ??These are the words of him who wields the sharp sword with the double edge: 13 I know where you dwell, where Satan sits enthroned, and yet you adhere to my Name, you have not renounced your faith in me even during the days when my witness, my faithful Antipas, was martyred in your midst ??where Satan dwells. 14 But I have one or two things against you: you have some adherents there of the tenets of Balaam, who taught Balak how to set a pitfall before the sons of Israel by making them eat food which had been sacrificed to idols and give way to sexual vice. 15 So even with you; you likewise have some adherents of the tenets of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent; if not, I will very soon come to you and make war upon them with the sword of my mouth.
17 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches: 'The conqueror I will allow to share the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, unknown to any except him who receives it.'
18 Then to the angel of the church at Thyatira write thus: ??These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes flash like fire and whose feet glow like bronze. 19 I know your doings, your love and loyalty and service and patient endurance; I know you are doing more than you did at first. 20 Still I have this against you: you are tolerating that Jezebel of a woman who styles herself a prophetess and seduces my servants by teaching them to give way to sexual vice and to eat food which has been sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual vice. 22 Lo, I will lay her on a sickbed, and bring her paramours into sore distress, if they do not repent of her practices; 23 and her children I will exterminate. So shall all the churches know that I am the searcher of the inmost heart; I will requite each of you according to what you have done. 24 But for the rest of you at Thyatira, for all who do not hold these tenets, for those who have not (in their phrase) 'fathomed the deep mysteries of Satan' ??for you this is my word: I impose no fresh burden on you; 25 only hold to what you have, till such time as I come. 26 'And the conqueror, he who till the end lays to heart what I enjoin, I will give him authority over the nations ??27 aye, he will shepherd them with an iron flail, shattering them like a potter's jars ??as I myself have received authority from my Father; 28 also I will grant him to see the Morning-star.'
29 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.