To the Church in Thyatira
"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,
'These things says the Son of God, a who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:
b "I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.
"Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman c Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants d to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
"And I gave her time e to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.
"Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
"I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who f searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
"Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the g depths of Satan, as they say, h I will put on you no other burden.
"But hold fast i what you have till I come.
"And he who overcomes, and keeps j My works until the end, k to him I will give power over the nations -
'He l shall rule them with a rod of iron;
They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels' -
as I also have received from My Father;
"and I will give him m the morning star.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ.
Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back.
1 Peter 2:18
Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.
2 Timothy 1:13
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness.
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.
And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him.
As he came from his mother's womb, naked shall he return, To go as he came; And he shall take nothing from his labor Which he may carry away in his hand.
Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches - Feed me with the food allotted to me.
Lest I be full and deny You, And say, "Who is the LORD?" Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.
And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.
Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.
He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.
Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches.
For because you have trusted in your works and your treasures, You also shall be taken. And Chemosh shall go forth into captivity, His priests and his princes together.
Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.
As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor - this is the gift of God.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.