Old Testament

Revelation 3
Letter to the Church in Sardis
A church about to die
31To the messenger of the church in Sardis write:
The one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says this:
I know your works. You have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up, and strengthen what is left, which is about to die, for I have found that your works are not complete in the sight of my God. 3Therefore remember what you received and heard. Hold on to it and repent! If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come upon you.
4Yet you have a few names in Sardis, people who have not defiled their clothes. They will walk with me in white clothing, for they are worthy.
5The one who is victorious in this way[] will be clothed in white clothing. I certainly will not erase his name from the Book of Life, and I will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
6Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Letter to the Church in Philadelphia
A church with an open door
7To the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write:
The Holy One, the one who is true, the one who has the key of David, the one who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one can open, says this:
8I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9Look, I will make those who are from the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not but are lying—look, I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them realize that I have loved you. 10Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will also keep you from the hour of testing, which is about to come over the whole inhabited world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one takes your crown.
12The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never leave it again. I will also write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God—the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God—and my new name.
13Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Letter to the Church in Laodicea
A church that is sickening to Jesus
14To the messenger of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation, says this:
15I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. If only you were cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, “I am rich. I have become very wealthy and need nothing.” But you do not know that you are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. 18I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments, so that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness may not become public, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
19I rebuke and discipline those whom I love. So take this seriously and repent.
20Look, I stand at the door and I am knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in with him and dine with him, and he with me. 21To the one who is victorious I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.


  • 3:5 Some witnesses to the text read he or this one instead of in this way.