New International Version
"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
New Living Translation
"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna. This is the message from the one who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive:
English Standard Version
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
Berean Study Bible
To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the First and the Last, who died and returned to life.
Berean Literal Bible
And to the messenger of the church in Smyrna write: These things says the First and the Last, who became dead and came to life.
New American Standard Bible
"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:
King James Bible
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Write to the angel of the church in Smyrna: "The First and the Last, the One who was dead and came to life, says:
International Standard Version
"To the messenger of the church in Smyrna, write: 'The first and the last, who was dead and became alive, says this:
"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: "This is the solemn pronouncement of the one who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but came to life:
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to The Messenger of the assembly of Zmurna, write: “Thus says The First and The Last- he who was dead and lives:”
GOD'S WORD® Translation
"To the messenger of the church in Smyrna, write: The first and the last, who was dead and became alive, says:
New American Standard 1977
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:
CommentaryMatthew Henry Commentary
2:8-11 Our Lord Jesus is the First, for by him were all things made; he was before all things, with God, and is God himself. He is the Last, for he will be the Judge of all. As this First and Last, who was dead and is alive, is the believer's Brother and Friend, he must be rich in the deepest poverty, honourable amidst the lowest abasement, and happy under the heaviest tribulation, like the church of Smyrna. Many who are rich as to this world, are poor as to the next; and some who are poor outwardly, are inwardly rich; rich in faith, in good works, rich in privileges, rich in gifts, rich in hope. Where there is spiritual plenty, outward poverty may be well borne; and when God's people are made poor as to this life, for the sake of Christ and a good conscience, he makes all up to them in spiritual riches. Christ arms against coming troubles. Fear none of these things; not only forbid slavish fear, but subdue it, furnishing the soul with strength and courage. It should be to try them, not to destroy them. Observe, the sureness of the reward; I will give thee: they shall have the reward from Christ's own hand. Also, how suitable it is; a crown of life: the life worn out in his service, or laid down in his cause, shall be rewarded with a much better life, which shall be eternal. The second death is unspeakably worse than the first death, both in the agonies of it, and as it is eternal death: it is indeed awful to die, and to be always dying. If a man is kept from the second death and wrath to come, he may patiently endure whatever he meets with in this world.
Study BibleTo the Church in Smyrna
7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to eat of the tree of life in the paradise of God. 8To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the First and the Last, who died and returned to life. 9I know your affliction and your poverty—though you are rich! And I am aware of the slander of those who falsely claim to be Jews, but are in fact a synagogue of Satan.…
"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.
"Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
saying, "Write in a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me and said, "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last,
the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
Treasury of Scripture
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