1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

 

2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

 

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

 

4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

 

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

 

6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
(Palinodia 978)

 

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life**, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
(Polyptoton 272; Amœbæon 343; Catachresis** 680)

 

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

 

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

 

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
(Polyptoton 272; Amœbæon 343)

 

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan’s seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith*, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

(Metonymy* 600)


14 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.


15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.


16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth*.
(Pleonasm* 408)

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].
(Polyptoton 272; Amœbæon 343)

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet [are] like fine brass;


19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first.


20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.


21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.


22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.


23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth** the reins* and hearts*: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

(Metonymy* 568; Anthropopatheia** 884)

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known* the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
(Metonymy* 552)

25 But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come.

26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.


28 And I will give him the morning star.

29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
(
Polyptoton 272; Amœbæon 343)


See also The Companion Bible Appendix 3, “Genesis Finds Its Complement In The Apocalypse”, by E. W. Bullinger.

Italicized words in [brackets] were added by the King James Version translators.

Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for xylon (Strong’s 3586)“.
Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2017. 12 May 2017.
< http:// www.blbclassic.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3586&amp;t=KJV >
Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ginōskō (Strong’s 1097)“.
Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2017. 13 May 2017.
< http:// www.blbclassic.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1097&amp;t=KJV >

Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for nephros (Strong’s 3510)“.
Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2017. 13 May 2017.
< http:// www.blbclassic.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3510&amp;t=KJV >
Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for kardia (Strong’s 2588)“.
Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2017. 13 May 2017.
< http:// www.blbclassic.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G2588&amp;t=KJV >

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”, and thanks to you for taking the time here.

Notes:
Palinodia: The
repetition
of a
song
;
recantation, palinode. (Wiktionary)
Palinode: A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem. (Wiktionary)
Πᾰλῐνοδία : a retracing one’s path; return. (“A Greek-English Lexicon; based on the German work of Francis Passow”, by Liddell, Henry George,; Scott, Robert)
I do not believe that what Jesus is doing here is a recantation, a retraction, or a redaction of what he said, but rather a “softening the sting”.
He reproves them, and then as if to say, “but I still love you”. Would this then still be a
Palinodia?

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