Revelation 2:4
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
But I do have something against you! And it is this: You don't have as much love as you used to.

Good News Translation
But this is what I have against you: you do not love me now as you did at first.

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!
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 hearing of Jerusalem that this is what the LORD says: 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
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 thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication…

because.

Revelation 3:14-17
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; …

Jeremiah 2:2-5
Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown…

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







Lexicon
But
Ἀλλὰ (Alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

I have
ἔχω (echō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

this
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

against
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

you:
σοῦ (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

You have abandoned
ἀφῆκες (aphēkes)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 863: From apo and hiemi; to send forth, in various applications.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

first
πρώτην (prōtēn)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4413: First, before, principal, most important. Contracted superlative of pro; foremost.

love.
ἀγάπην (agapēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.
(4) Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee.--Better, I have against thee that thou didst let go. This is the fault, and it is no trifle which is blamed, as the word "somewhat" (which is not to be found in the original) might be taken to imply; for the decay of love is the decay of that without which all other graces are as nothing (1Corinthians 13:1-3), since "all religion is summed up in one word, Love. God asks this; we cannot give more; He cannot take less" (Norman Macleod, Life, i., p. 324). Great as the fault is, it is the fault which Love alone would have detected. "Can any one more touchingly rebuke than by commencing, 'Thou no longer lovest me enough?'" It is the regretful cry of the heavenly Bridegroom, recalling the early days of His Bride's love, the kindness of her youth, the love of her espousals (Jeremiah 2:2. Comp. Hosea 2:15). It is impossible not to see some reference in this to the language of St. Paul (which must have been familiar to the Ephesian Christians) in Ephesians 5:23-33, where human love is made a type of the divine.

Verse 4. - But I have (this) against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. The Authorized Version unwarrantably softens the censure by inserting "somewhat;" the Greek means rather, "I have (this grave thing) against thee." In "hath aught against thee" (Matthew 5:23) and "have aught against any" (Mark 11:25), the "aught" (τι) is expressed in the Greek; here nothing is expressed. "Thy first love" is expressed very emphatically with the article repeated; "thy love, thy first one." The meaning of it is much disputed. It cannot mean "thy former gentleness towards evil men and false apostles." It may mean "thy love of the brethren," so much insisted upon in St. John's First Epistle. More probably it means "thy first love for me." Christ is here speaking as the Bridegroom, and addresses the Church of Ephesus as his bride (comp. Jeremiah 2:2-13). This thought would be familiar to the Ephesians from St. Paul's teaching (Ephesians 5:23-33). It shows strange ignorance of human frailty and of history to argue that "a generation at least must have passed away, and the thirty years from Nero to Domitian must have elapsed, ere the change here noted could come to pass." Does this writer forget the Epistle to the Galatians? In a very few years the Churches of Galatia had left their first love. The frequent and rapid lapses of Israel into idolatry show the same thing from the time when Aaron made the calf down to the Captivity. This verse is certainly no obstacle to the theory that the Apocalypse was written about A.D. . 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.
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