And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things said the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;…
There is no proportion between wealth and happiness nor between wealth and nobleness. The fairest life that ever lived on earth was that of a poor man, and with all its beauty it moved within the limit of narrow resources. The loveliest blossoms do not grow on plants that plunge their greedy roots into the fattest soil. A little light earth in the crack of a hard rock will do. We need enough for the physical being to root itself in; we need no more.
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;