The Message

Revelation 2

To Ephesus

1Write this to Ephesus, to the Angel of the church. The One with Seven Stars in his right-fist grip, striding through the golden seven-lights’ circle, speaks:

2-3 “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out.

4-5 “But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall!

“Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.

“You do have this to your credit: You hate the Nicolaitan business. I hate it, too.

“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.”

To Smyrna

Write this to Smyrna, to the Angel of the church. The Beginning and Ending, the First and Final One, the Once Dead and Then Come Alive, speaks:

“I can see your pain and poverty—constant pain, dire poverty—but I also see your wealth. And I hear the lie in the claims of those who pretend to be good Jews, who in fact belong to Satan’s crowd.

10 “Fear nothing in the things you’re about to suffer—but stay on guard! Fear nothing! The Devil is about to throw you in jail for a time of testing—ten days. It won’t last forever.

“Don’t quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you.

11 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death.”

To Pergamum

12 Write this to Pergamum, to the Angel of the church. The One with the sharp-biting sword draws from the sheath of his mouth—out come the sword words:

13 “I see where you live, right under the shadow of Satan’s throne. But you continue boldly in my Name; you never once denied my Name, even when the pressure was worst, when they martyred Antipas, my witness who stayed faithful to me on Satan’s turf.

14-15 “But why do you indulge that Balaam crowd? Don’t you remember that Balaam was an enemy agent, seducing Balak and sabotaging Israel’s holy pilgrimage by throwing unholy parties? And why do you put up with the Nicolaitans, who do the same thing?

16 “Enough! Don’t give in to them; I’ll be with you soon. I’m fed up and about to cut them to pieces with my sword-sharp words.

17 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’ll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I’ll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name.”

To Thyatira

18 Write this to Thyatira, to the Angel of the church. God’s Son, eyes pouring fire-blaze, standing on feet of furnace-fired bronze, says this:

19 “I see everything you’re doing for me. Impressive! The love and the faith, the service and persistence. Yes, very impressive! You get better at it every day.

20-23 “But why do you let that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet mislead my dear servants into Cross-denying, self-indulging religion? I gave her a chance to change her ways, but she has no intention of giving up a career in the god-business. I’m about to lay her low, along with her partners, as they play their sex-and-religion games. The bastard offspring of their idol-whoring I’ll kill. Then every church will know that appearances don’t impress me. I x-ray every motive and make sure you get what’s coming to you.

24-25 “The rest of you Thyatirans, who have nothing to do with this outrage, who scorn this playing around with the Devil that gets paraded as profundity, be assured I’ll not make life any harder for you than it already is. Hold on to the truth you have until I get there.

26-28 “Here’s the reward I have for every conqueror, everyone who keeps at it, refusing to give up: You’ll rule the nations, your Shepherd-King rule as firm as an iron staff, their resistance fragile as clay pots. This was the gift my Father gave me; I pass it along to you—and with it, the Morning Star!

29 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

啟示錄 2

給以弗所教會的信

1「你要寫信告訴以弗所教會的天使,那位右手拿著七顆星、往來於七個金燈臺中间的主說,

『我知道你的行為、勞碌和堅忍,也知道你嫉惡如仇,曾查驗出那些假冒的使徒,揭穿他們的虛假。 你曾堅定不移地為我的名受苦,沒有氣餒。 但有一件事我要責備你,就是你把起初的愛心丟棄了。 因此,要回想你在哪裡跌倒了,並且悔改,照起初所行的去行。否則,我就要到你那裡,將你的燈臺從原處拿走。 然而你還有一點可取之處,就是你跟我一樣痛恨尼哥拉黨人的行徑。

『聖靈對各教會所說的話,凡有耳朵的都應當聽。我必將上帝樂園中生命樹上的果子賜給得勝者吃。』

給士每拿教會的信

「你要寫信告訴士每拿教會的天使,那位首先的、末後的、死而復活的主說,

『我知道你遭受的苦難和貧窮,其實你是富足的。我也知道那些人對你的毀謗,他們自稱為猶太人,其實不是,而是撒旦的同夥[a] 10 你不要害怕將要遭受的苦難。魔鬼要將你們當中的一些人下在監裡,試煉你們,你們必遭受十天的迫害。但你要至死忠心,我必賜給你生命的冠冕。

11 『聖靈對各教會所說的話,凡有耳朵的都應當聽。得勝者必不被第二次死亡所害。』

給別迦摩教會的信

12 「你要寫信告訴別迦摩教會的天使,那位有兩刃利劍的主說,

13 『我知道你住在撒旦稱王的地方。當我忠心的見證人安提帕在你們這撒旦盤踞之處殉道的時候,你仍然堅守我的名,仍然信靠我。 14 不過有幾件事我要責備你,你那裡有人隨從巴蘭的教導。這巴蘭從前教巴勒在以色列人面前佈下網羅,使他們吃祭過偶像的食物、犯淫亂的罪。 15 同樣,你們當中也有人附從尼哥拉黨的教導。 16 所以你要悔改,否則我必迅速到你那裡,用我口中的劍攻擊他們。

17 『聖靈對各教會所說的話,凡有耳朵的都應當聽。我必將隱藏的嗎哪賜給得勝者。我也要賜給他一塊白石,石上刻著一個新名字,除了那領受的人以外,沒有人認識。』

給推雅推喇教會的信

18 「你要寫信告訴推雅推喇教會的天使,那位雙目如火焰、雙腳像閃亮精銅的上帝的兒子說,

19 『我知道你的行為、愛心、信心、事奉、堅忍,也知道你末後所做的善事比起初更多。 20 可是有一件事我要責備你,就是你容許那自稱是先知的婦人耶洗別教導我的眾奴僕,引誘他們淫亂、吃祭過偶像的食物。 21 我曾給她悔改的機會,她卻不肯悔改、離棄自己的淫亂行為, 22 所以我必叫她臥病在床。那些與她有染的人若不悔改,也必遭受極大的苦難。 23 我要擊殺她的爪牙[b],使眾教會都知道我洞察人的心思意念,我要照你們各人的行為對待你們。

24 『至於你們其餘在推雅推喇的人,就是不聽那邪說、沒有學習所謂的撒旦玄學的人,我告訴你們,我不會將別的重擔放在你們身上。 25 但你們要好好持守自己已經得到的,一直到我來。 26 至於那得勝又遵守我命令到底的人,我必賜給他統治列國的權柄, 27 正如我從我父得到的權柄。他必用鐵杖管轄列國,將他們如同陶器一般打得粉碎。 28 我也要把晨星賜給他。

29 『聖靈對各教會所說的話,凡有耳朵的都應當聽。』

Notas al pie

  1. 2·9 撒旦的同夥」希臘文是「撒旦的會眾」,用以表達與「耶和華的會眾」對立。
  2. 2·23 爪牙」希臘文是「兒女」。