To the Church in Smyrna
"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,
'These things says k the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:
"I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are l rich); and I know the blasphemy of m those who say they are Jews and are not, n but are a synagogue of Satan.
o "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. p Be faithful until death, and I will give you q the crown of life.
r "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by s the second death." '
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.
Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O LORD, You preserve man and beast.
Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility.
1 Peter 5:3
Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
2 Timothy 1:6
Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
1 Timothy 5:22
Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.
You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children's children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have.
To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
2 Corinthians 12:14
Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!