Amplified Bible

Revelation 3

Message to Sardis

1“To the angel (divine messenger) of the church in [a]Sardis write:

“These are the words of Him who has [b]the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your deeds; you have a name (reputation) that you are alive, but [in reality] you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen and reaffirm what remains [of your faithful commitment to Me], which is about to die; for I have not found [any of] your deeds completed in the sight of My God or meeting His requirements. So remember and take to heart the lessons you have received and heard. Keep and obey them, and repent [change your sinful way of thinking, and demonstrate your repentance with new behavior that proves a conscious decision to turn away from sin]. So then, if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. But you [still] have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes [that is, contaminated their character and personal integrity with sin]; and they will walk with Me [dressed] in white, because they are worthy (righteous). He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God] will accordingly be dressed in white clothing; and I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, and I will confess and openly acknowledge his name before My Father and before His angels [saying that he is one of Mine]. He who has an ear, let him hear and heed what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Message to Philadelphia

“And to the angel (divine messenger) of the church in [c]Philadelphia write:

“These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He who has the key [to the house] of David, He who opens and no one will [be able to] shut, and He who shuts and no one opens:

‘I know your deeds. See, I have set before you an open door which no one is able to shut, for you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not renounced or denied My name. Take note, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet and make them know [without any doubt] that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of My endurance [My command to persevere], I will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial, that hour which is about to come on the whole [inhabited] world, to test those who live on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly. Hold tight what you have, so that no one will take your crown [by leading you to renounce the faith]. 12 He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will make him a [d]pillar in the temple of My God; he will most certainly never be put out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My [own] new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear and heed what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Message to Laodicea

14 “To the angel (divine messenger) of the church in [e]Laodicea write:

“These are the words of the Amen, the trusted and faithful and true Witness, the [f]Beginning and Origin of God’s creation:

15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are [g]neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were [h]cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have prospered and grown wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked [without hope and in great need], 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold that has been heated red hot and refined by fire so that you may become truly rich; and white clothes [representing righteousness] to clothe yourself so that the shame of your nakedness will not be seen; and healing salve to put on your eyes so that you may see. 19 Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will]. 20 Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will grant to him [the privilege] to sit beside Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down beside My Father on His throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear and heed what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

Notas al pie

  1. Revelation 3:1 Sardis (modern Sart, Turkey), in Roman times, was a wealthy city known for the manufacture and dyeing of woolen fabric and carpets. Originally, it was the capital of the ancient Lydian Empire and was the first city to mint coinage (600 b.c.). A stream that flowed through its market place carried gold dust from a nearby mountain. King Croesus of Lydia (560-546 b.c.) financed the building of the great Temple of Artemis in Ephesus (550 b.c.). The city was conquered twice, under Cyrus the Great and under Antiochus, due to lack of adequate watchfulness.
  2. Revelation 3:1 See note 1:4.
  3. Revelation 3:7 Philadelphia (modern Alashehir, Turkey) was a commercial center located on elevated ground overlooking the fertile plain of the Hermus (Gediz) River. In 189 b.c. the king of Pergamum established Philadelphia and named the city to honor his brother.
  4. Revelation 3:12 Like the common phrase “pillar of the community,” this is a metaphor of great honor, but far more so. The statement that the one who overcomes will never leave the temple is assurance that he will never lose the privilege of being in the presence of God and serving Him.
  5. Revelation 3:14 Laodicea, located beside the Lycus River, was a prosperous city about forty miles south of Philadelphia. It had a well-respected financial center, thriving textile production industry (specializing in black wool), and a leading medical school that produced a famous eye salve. Two other cities were in this general area: Colossae, known for its mountain spring of cold, fresh water; and Hierapolis, a site famous for its hot, therapeutic mineral springs.
  6. Revelation 3:14 I.e. Origin of Source.
  7. Revelation 3:15 This phrase and the word lukewarm in v 16 form a metaphor that is probably based on the quality of the water supply of Laodicea, which was delivered by aqueduct from the hot mineral springs about five miles away. During its journey, the water cooled to a warm or lukewarm temperature.
  8. Revelation 3:15 I.e. alive, productive—beneficial in one way or the other.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

启示录 3

给撒狄教会的信

1“你要写信告诉撒狄教会的天使,有上帝的七灵又有七颗星的主说,

‘我知道你的行为,你名义上活着,实际上是死的。 你要警醒!把所剩无几、奄奄一息的生命振作起来,因为我发现你的行为在我的上帝面前不纯全。 因此,要回想你以前所领受、所听见的教导,遵守这些教导,并且悔改。你若不警醒,我必在你意想不到的时候像贼一样忽然来到。 不过在撒狄,你还有几个人未曾玷污自己的衣服,他们要穿白袍与我同行,因为他们配得这样。 得胜者必同样穿上白袍,我绝不会从生命册上抹去他的名字,我必在我父和众天使面前承认他的名。

‘圣灵对各教会所说的话,凡有耳朵的都应当听。’

给非拉铁非教会的信

“你要写信告诉非拉铁非教会的天使,那位圣洁、真实、拿着大卫的钥匙、开了门无人能关、关了门无人能开的主说,

‘我知道你的行为,你力量微小,却遵守了我的教导,没有背弃我的名。所以,看啊!我在你面前为你打开了一扇无人能关闭的门。 看啊!我要使撒旦的同伙,就是那些假冒犹太人的说谎者,在你面前俯伏下拜,让他们知道你是我所疼爱的。 10 因为你遵守我有关坚忍的教导,所以当将来的试炼临到全人类的时候,我必使你免受磨难。 11 我很快就要来了!你要持守你所拥有的,免得有人夺去你的冠冕。 12 我要使得胜者在我上帝的殿中作栋梁,永不离开。我要将我上帝的名号和我上帝圣城的名号,就是从天上我上帝那里降下来的新耶路撒冷和我自己的新名号,都刻在他上面。

13 ‘圣灵对各教会所说的话,凡有耳朵的都应当听。’

给老底嘉教会的信

14 “你要写信告诉老底嘉教会的天使,那位实实在在[a]、诚信无伪的见证人,就是上帝所造万物的元首说,

15 ‘我知道你的行为,你不冷也不热。我情愿你或冷或热, 16 可是现在你却像温水一样不冷不热,我必将你从我口中吐出去! 17 你说,我很富有,已经发了财,什么都不缺。你却不知道自己困苦、可怜、贫穷、瞎眼、赤身露体。 18 我劝你向我买精炼的金子,使你真正富有。你也要向我买白袍穿在身上,好遮盖你赤身露体的羞辱。你也要向我买眼药抹眼睛,使你能看见。 19 凡我所爱的,我都会责备、管教。因此,你要热心起来,也要悔改。 20 看啊!我站在门外敲门,若有谁闻声开门,我必进去,我与他,他与我,一同坐席吃饭。 21 得胜者可以和我一同坐在我的宝座上,正如我得胜后与我父一同坐在祂的宝座上一样。

22 ‘圣灵对各教会所说的话,凡有耳朵的都应当听。’”

Notas al pie

  1. 3:14 那位实实在在”希腊文是“那位阿们的”。