Revelation 2:2
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New International Version
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.

New Living Translation
"I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don't tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars.

English Standard Version
“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.

Berean Study Bible
I know your deeds, your labor, and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate those who are evil, and you have tested and exposed as liars those who falsely claim to be apostles.

Berean Literal Bible
I know your works and your labor and endurance, and that you are not able to tolerate evil ones. And you have tested those claiming to be apostles and are not, and you have found them false.

New American Standard Bible
I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;

King James Bible
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.

International Standard Version
I know what you've been doing, your toil, and your endurance. I also know that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles, but are not, and have found them to be false.

NET Bible
I know your works as well as your labor and steadfast endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have even put to the test those who refer to themselves as apostles (but are not), and have discovered that they are false.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I know your works, your toil and your patience, and that you cannot tolerate The Evil One, and you have tested those who claim to be Apostles, and they are not, and you have found them false.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know what you have done-how hard you have worked and how you have endured. I also know that you cannot tolerate wicked people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not apostles. You have discovered that they are liars.

New American Standard 1977
‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot endure evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I know thy works and thy labour and thy patience and how thou canst not bear those who are evil; and thou hast tried those who say they are apostles and are not and hast found them liars,

King James 2000 Bible
I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them who are evil: and you have tried them who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:

American King James Version
I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:

American Standard Version
I know thy works, and thy toil and patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them that call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil, and thou hast tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Darby Bible Translation
I know thy works and [thy] labour, and thine endurance, and that thou canst not bear evil [men]; and thou hast tried them who say that themselves [are] apostles and are not, and hast found them liars;

English Revised Version
I know thy works, and thy toil and patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them which call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false;

Webster's Bible Translation
I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and that thou canst not bear them who are evil; and thou hast tried them who say they are apostles, and are not; and hast found them liars:

Weymouth New Testament
I know your doings and your toil and patient suffering. And I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, but have put to the test those who say that they themselves are Apostles but are not, and you have found them to be liars.

World English Bible
"I know your works, and your toil and perseverance, and that you can't tolerate evil men, and have tested those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and found them false.

Young's Literal Translation
I have known thy works, and thy labour, and thy endurance, and that thou art not able to bear evil ones, and that thou hast tried those saying themselves to be apostles and are not, and hast found them liars,
Study Bible
To the Church in Ephesus
1To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2I know your deeds, your labor, and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate those who are evil, and you have tested and exposed as liars those who falsely claim to be apostles. 3Without growing weary, you have persevered and endured many things for the sake of My name.…
Word Study

To know, remember, appreciate.

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

And, even, also, namely.

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

From kopto; a cut, i.e. toil, literally or figuratively; by implication, pains.

And, even, also, namely.

Endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for. From hupomeno; cheerful endurance, constancy.

And, even, also, namely.

Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

you are not able
dynē (V-PIM/P-2S)
(a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

to tolerate
bastasai (V-ANA)
Perhaps remotely derived from the base of basis; to lift, literally or figuratively.

evil [ones].
kakous (Adj-AMP)
Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. depraved, or injurious.

And, even, also, namely.

you have tested
epeirasas (V-AIA-2S)
To try, tempt, test. From peira; to test, i.e. Endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

(a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

Himself, herself, itself.

From apostello; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ.

And, even, also, namely.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

And, even, also, namely.

you have found
heures (V-AIA-2S)
A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

False, deceitful, lying, untrue. From pseudomai; untrue, i.e. Erroneous, deceitful, wicked.

And, even, also, namely.

To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

perseverance,
hypomonēn (N-AFS)
Endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for. From hupomeno; cheerful endurance, constancy.

And, even, also, namely.

Perhaps remotely derived from the base of basis; to lift, literally or figuratively.

for the sake of
dia (Prep)
A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

Name, character, fame, reputation. From a presumed derivative of the base of ginosko; a "name".

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-7 These churches were in such different states as to purity of doctrine and the power of godliness, that the words of Christ to them will always suit the cases of other churches, and professors. Christ knows and observes their state; though in heaven, yet he walks in the midst of his churches on earth, observing what is wrong in them, and what they want. The church of Ephesus is commended for diligence in duty. Christ keeps an account of every hour's work his servants do for him, and their labour shall not be in vain in the Lord. But it is not enough that we are diligent; there must be bearing patience, and there must be waiting patience. And though we must show all meekness to all men, yet we must show just zeal against their sins. The sin Christ charged this church with, is, not the having left and forsaken the object of love, but having lost the fervent degree of it that at first appeared. Christ is displeased with his people, when he sees them grow remiss and cold toward him. Surely this mention in Scripture, of Christians forsaking their first love, reproves those who speak of it with carelessness, and thus try to excuse indifference and sloth in themselves and others; our Saviour considers this indifference as sinful. They must repent: they must be grieved and ashamed for their sinful declining, and humbly confess it in the sight of God. They must endeavour to recover their first zeal, tenderness, and seriousness, and must pray as earnestly, and watch as diligently, as when they first set out in the ways of God. If the presence of Christ's grace and Spirit is slighted, we may expect the presence of his displeasure. Encouraging mention is made of what was good among them. Indifference as to truth and error, good and evil, may be called charity and meekness, but it is not so; and it is displeasing to Christ. The Christian life is a warfare against sin, Satan, the world, and the flesh. We must never yield to our spiritual enemies, and then we shall have a glorious triumph and reward. All who persevere, shall derive from Christ, as the Tree of life, perfection and confirmation in holiness and happiness, not in the earthly paradise, but in the heavenly. This is a figurative expression, taken from the account of the garden of Eden, denoting the pure, satisfactory, and eternal joys of heaven; and the looking forward to them in this world, by faith, communion with Christ, and the consolations of the Holy Spirit. Believers, take your wrestling life here, and expect and look for a quiet life hereafter; but not till then: the word of God never promises quietness and complete freedom from conflict here.
Cross References
John 6:6
But He was asking this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do.

2 Corinthians 11:13
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Revelation 2:5
Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Revelation 2:19
I know your deeds--your love, your faith, your service, your perseverance--and your latter deeds are greater than your first.

Revelation 3:1
To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of the One who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation for being alive, yet you are dead.

Revelation 3:8
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door, which no one can shut. For you have only a little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.
Treasury of Scripture

I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:

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thou hast.

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