Revelation 2:5

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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Remember therfore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and doe the first workes, or else I will come vnto thee quickly, and will remoue thy Candlesticke out of his place, except thou repent.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place--unless you repent.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So keep in mind where you were at first, and be changed in heart and do the first works; or I will come to you, and will take away your light from its place, if your hearts are not changed.
- Basic English Bible

Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works: but if not, I am coming to thee, and I will remove thy lamp out of its place, except thou shalt repent.
- Darby Bible

Remember therefore from whence thou hast fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent.
- Webster's Bible

Be mindful, therefore, of the height from which you have fallen. Repent at once, and act as you did at first, or else I will surely come and remove your lampstand out of its place--unless you repent.
- Weymouth Bible

Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I am coming to you swiftly, and will move your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent.
- World English Bible

Therfor be thou myndeful fro whennus thou hast falle, and do penaunce, and do the firste werkis; ether ellis, Y come soone to thee, and Y schal moue thi candilstike fro his place, but `thou do penaunce.
- Wycliffe Bible

remember, then, whence thou hast fallen, and reform, and the first works do; and if not, I come to thee quickly, and will remove thy lamp-stand from its place -- if thou mayest not reform;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 2:5


2:5 It is not possible for any to recover the first love, but by taking these three steps, 1. Remember: 2. Repent: 3. Do the first works. Remember from whence thou art fallen - From what degree of faith, love, holiness, though perhaps insensibly. And repent - Which in the very lowest sense implies a deep and lively conviction of thy fall. Of the seven angels, two, at Ephesus and at Pergamos, were in a mixed state; two, at Sardis and at Laodicea, were greatly corrupted: all these are exhorted to repent; as are the followers of Jezebel at Thyatira: two, at Smyrna and Philadelphia, were in a flourishing state, and are therefore only exhorted to steadfastness. There can be no state, either of any pastor, church, or single person, which has not here suitable instructions. All, whether ministers or hearers, together with their secret or open enemies, in all places and all ages, may draw hence necessary self - knowledge, reproof, commendation, warning, or confirmation. Whether any be as dead as the angel at Sardis, or as much alive as the angel at Philadelphia, this book is sent to him, and the Lord Jesus hath something to say to him therein. For the seven churches with their angels represent the whole Christian church, dispersed throughout the whole world, as it subsists, not, as some have imagined, in one age after another, but in every age. This is a point of deep importance, and always necessary to be remembered: that these seven churches are, as it were, a sample of the whole church of Christ, as it was then, as it is now, and as it will be in all ages. Do the first works - Outwardly and inwardly, or thou canst never regain the first love. But if not - By this word is the warning sharpened to those five churches which are called to repent; for if Ephesus was threatened, how much more shall Sardis and Laodicea be afraid! And according as they obey the call or not, there is a promise or a threatening, #Rev 2:5|,16,22; #Rev 3:3|,20. But even in the threatening the promise is implied, in case of true repentance. I come to thee, and will remove thy candlestick out of its place - I will remove, unless thou repent, the flock now under thy care to another place, where they shall be better taken care of. But from the flourishing state of the church of Ephesus after this, there is reason to believe he did repent.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 2:5


Re 2:5 Remember, etc. Note what this exhortation includes: (1) From which. They had been at a height of excellence. (2) Thou hast fallen. They had fallen from that height; there had been a spiritual declension. (3) Repent. The comparison and its proof that they were retrograding should bring repentance. (4) Do the first works. There must be the first love, and the fruits of that love in a renewal of their first works. I will come. Unless this is done Christ will come. Not in person, but in providence and judgments. The church with a waning love will be repudiated. Will remove thy candlestick. "Thy" refers to the Angel of the church through whom the address is made. To remove the lampstand would be to suffer the church to cease to exist. How signally this has been fulfilled in the case of Ephesus is seen in the fact that not one vestige of the church remains, and of the city itself naught but moldering ruins. What concerns us, however, is that this warning is addressed "to every church which has lost its first love". Unless it repents, and does its first works, its lampstand will finally be removed from its place.

Discussion for Revelation 2

  • A disciple
    We have no real comparison today to the Church in Ephesus, as far as importance and leadership among the Churches. It looks like they were just perfect in their religious activities, and nothing to be blamed, but the Lord points to their fault as so serious, that He is about to remove them from being His light bearers in the world. How could their hearts have grown cold toward Jesus?
  • 777insight
    The white stone is not the stone of the Christian church. The foundation of the Christian church is, Jesus is savior. This white stone has the name of the Son of Man, not the son of God, written as savior = religion of Israel. They call the son of their God, their false bloodline christ, a killer, the rod of iron is a rifle. Jesus does not kill, he never breaks GODs law not to kill.
  • 777insight
    V 2:7 LIFE is the symbolic tree
  • Steve morrow
    REVELATION 2:5 REMEMBER THEREFORE FROM WHENCE THOU ART FALLEN AND REPENT AND DO TH FIRST WORKS OR ELSE I WILL COME UNTO THEE QUICKLY AND WILL REMOVE THY CANDLESTICK OUT OF ITS PLACE***PSALM 78:32 FOR ALL THIS THEY SINNED STILL AND BELIEVED NOT FOR HIS WONDROUS WORKS
  • BSP
    In verse 4 the Ephesians did not simply forget the love they had at first, they left the love they had deliberately.
  • Steve morrow
    revelation 2:16 repent or else I will come unto thee quickly and will fight against them with the sword of MY mouth REV 19:15 AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH GOETH A SHARP SWORD THAT WITH IT HE SHOULD SMITE THE NATIONS AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON AND TREADETH THE WINEPRESS OF THE FIERCENESS AND WRATH OF ALMIGHTY GOD

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