Jesus’ Message to the Church at Philadelphia

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The modern city of Alasehir, where the ancient church at Philadelphia was located

This is my own translation of Revelation 3:8-12 from the Textus Receptus, plus a few changes from the UBS-5 text:

8I know your deeds. (Pay attention! I have put an opened door in front of you, and no one ever has [the] power to shut it.) I know you have a little strength, and yet you have obeyed my message and have not disowned my name.

9Pay attention! I will make those from the congregation of Satan who say they are Jews (yet they are not; rather, they are lying) . . . Pay attention! I will compel them, so that they will come and pay homage at your feet and realize that I have always loved you.

10Because you have obeyed my message about perseverance, I, in turn, will keep you from the time of the temptation which is about to come upon the whole inhabited world to put to the test those who are dwelling on the earth.

11I am going to come soon! You must keep on holding fast [to] what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12The one who will be victorious, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God and he will never go out again, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of my God’s city (that is, the New Jerusalem, which will come down from the heaven, from my God), and my new name.

My Pastor will be covering this text in his sermon this coming Sunday, so I thought I’d translate it myself for a bit of fun. My detailed translation is available here.

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