What John was commanded to write in commendation or reproof to the angels of the churches ofSardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
1 And 1unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that 2hath the seven Spirits of God, and 3the seven stars; 4I know thy works, that thou hast 5a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 1Be watchful, and 2strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for 3I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 1Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. 2If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast 1a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me 2in white: for they are worthy.
5 1He that overcometh, the same 2shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the 3book of life, but 4I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 1He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 1And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith 2he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath 3the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 1I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee 2an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou 3hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make 1them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, 2I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 1Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 1Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take 2thy crown.
12 1Him that overcometh will I make 2a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and 3I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13 1He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14 1And unto the angel of the church aof the Laodiceans write; These things saith 2the Amen, the faithful and true witness, 3the beginning of the creation of God;
15 1I know thy works, that 2thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 1So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, 1I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art 2wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to 1buy of me 2gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and 3white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and 4anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 1As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: 2be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 1Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: 2if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 1To him that overcometh 2will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as 3I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 1He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.