Revelation 2:4
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English Standard Version
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

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

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.

Revelation 2:4 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Somewhat

Not in the text, and unnecessary. The following clause is the object of I have. "I have against thee that thou hast left," etc. "It is indeed a somewhat which the Lord has against the Ephesian Church; it threatens to grow to be an everything; for see the verse following" (Trench). For the phrase have against, see Matthew 5:23; Mark 11:25; Colossians 3:13.

Hast left (ἀφῆκας)

Rev., more correctly, rendering the aorist, didst leave. The verb originally means to send, away or dismiss. See on John 4:3.

First love

Compare Jeremiah 2:2. The first enthusiastic devotion of the Church to her Lord, under the figure of conjugal love.

Revelation 2:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I have.

Revelation 2:14,20 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam...

because.

Revelation 3:14-17 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness...

Jeremiah 2:2-5 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said the LORD; I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your espousals...

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 and in all judgment;

Philippians 3:13-16 Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind...

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another...

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly...

Hebrews 6:10,11 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name...

Cross References
Jeremiah 2:2
"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD, "I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.

Matthew 24:12
And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

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