Revelation 2:4
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New International Version
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.

New Living Translation
"But I have this complaint against you. You don't love me or each other as you did at first!

English Standard Version
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

Berean Study Bible
But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love.

Berean Literal Bible
But I have against you that you have abandoned your first love.

New American Standard Bible
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

King James Bible
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first.

International Standard Version
However, I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first.

NET Bible
But I have this against you: You have departed from your first love!

New Heart English Bible
But I have this against you, that you left your first love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But I have something against you, because you have left your former love.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone.

New American Standard 1977
‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless I have against thee that thou hast left thy first love, charity.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

American King James Version
Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

American Standard Version
But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first charity.

Darby Bible Translation
but I have against thee, that thou hast left thy first love.

English Revised Version
But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet I have this against you--that you no longer love Me as you did at first.

World English Bible
But I have this against you, that you left your first love.

Young's Literal Translation
'But I have against thee: That thy first love thou didst leave!
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.
Study Bible
To the Church in Ephesus
3Without growing weary, you have persevered and endured many things for the sake of My name. 4But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love. 5Therefore, 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.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 2:2
"Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, Your following after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown.

Matthew 24:12
Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

I have.

Revelation 2:14,20 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them …

because.

Revelation 3:14-17 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things …

Jeremiah 2:2-5 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said the LORD; …

Matthew 24:12,13 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold…

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

Philippians 3:13-16 Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing …

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

Hebrews 6:10,11 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

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