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.
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;
Darby Bible Translation
And to the angel of the assembly in Smyrna write: These things says the first and the last, who became dead, and lived:
World English Bible
"To the angel of the assembly in Smyrna write: "The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life says these things:
Young's Literal Translation
'And to the messenger of the assembly of the Smyrneans write: These things saith the First and the Last, who did become dead and did live;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Unto the angel - This was probably the famous Polycarp. See below.
These things saith the first and the last - He who is eternal; from whom all things come, and to whom all things must return. Which was dead, for the redemption of the world; and is alive to die no more for ever, his glorified humanity being enthroned at the Father's right hand.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the angel. See on ver.
LibraryMay 17. "To Him that Overcometh, Will I Give" (Rev. Ii. 17).
"To him that overcometh, will I give" (Rev. ii. 17). A precious secret of Christian life is to have Jesus dwelling within the heart and conquering things that we never could overcome. It is the only secret of power in your life and mine, beloved. Men cannot understand it, nor will the world believe it; but it is true, that God will come to dwell within us, and be the power, and the purity, and the victory, and the joy of our life. It is no longer now, "What is the best that I can do?" but the question …
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Declension from First Love
The Dialogue against the Luciferians.
The Laodicean State of Christendom.
"This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
"Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last.
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
which said: "Write on 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 as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
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