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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 3

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1‘To the angel of the church at Sardis write:

‘ “These are the words of the One who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know what you are doing; people say you are alive, but in fact you are dead. 2Wake up, and put some strength into what you still have, because otherwise it must die! For I have not found any work of yours brought to completion in the sight of my God. 3Remember therefore the teaching you received; observe it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know the moment of my coming. 4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not polluted their clothing, and they will walk with me in white, for so they deserve. 5Anyone who is victorious will be robed in white like them, and I shall never strike his name off the roll of the living; in the presence of my Father and his angels I shall acknowledge him as mine. 6You have ears, so hear what the Spirit says to the churches!”

7‘To the angel of the church at Philadelphia write:

‘ “These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, who has David's key, so that when he opens the door, no one can shut it, and when he shuts it, no one can open it: 8I know what you are doing. I have set before you an open door which no one can shut. I know your strength is small, yet you have observed my command and have not disowned my name. 9As for those of Satan's synagogue, who falsely claim to be Jews, I will make them come and fall at your feet; and they will know that you are my beloved people. 10Because you have kept my command to stand firm, I will also keep you from the ordeal that is to fall upon the whole world to test its inhabitants. 11I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, and let no one rob you of your crown. 12Those who are victorious I shall make pillars in the temple of my God; they will remain there for ever. I shall write on them the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, that new Jerusalem which is coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. 13You have ears, so hear what the Spirit says to the churches!”

14‘To the angel of the church at Laodicea write:

‘ “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God's creation: 15I know what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either cold or hot! 16Because you are neither one nor the other, but just lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘How rich I am! What a fortune I have made! I have everything I want.’ In fact, though you do not realize it, you are a pitiful wretch, poor, blind, and naked. 18I advise you to buy from me gold refined in the fire to make you truly rich, and white robes to put on to hide the shame of your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so that you may see. 19All whom I love I reprove and discipline. Be wholehearted therefore in your repentance. 20Here I stand knocking at the door; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and he and I will eat together. 21To anyone who is victorious I will grant a place beside me on my throne, as I myself was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22You have ears, so hear what the Spirit says to the churches!” ’

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