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

  • Alma Delaney
    Old St. Nick should not have taken over Jesus Birthday and His deity Jesus is the reason for the season. And not man according to Rev. 2:6-But for this thou hate the deed of Nicholas which the Lord hates. Note: commercialization the Christ. A male child was born to rule the nation with a Rod of iron in righteousness, this Child was the Christ, cough up to God and His Throne. So All gifts comes God
  • Charles
    This is as close as you could get to the understanding and help of God if you will except it.
  • Manuelf324
    a good indication your backsliding or even saved is if your honest with yourself. IM I HERE ON EARTH TO PLEASE GOD OR MAN?
  • A disciple
    Of the Seven Churches chosen, only two of them were not fallen away and warned to repent; Smyrna and Philadelphia. All the rest, from Ephesus to Laodicea, none were ready for, or would be able to stand in, the quickly approaching evil days; and were in real danger of being turned away and denied entrance into the kingdom of God. Whom the Lord loves He rebukes in order to save them.
  • A disciple
    Anna (cont.); In the case of the Ephesians, it was apparently not love of the world or the things of the world that drew their hearts away; but maybe it was all the things that the Lord had blessed them with in their great victory and success and being without fault as to their religion? Daniel was also found perfect in everything pertaining to God; but he maintained the sacred inner life of love.
  • A disciple
    Hi Anna; Thank you for your thoughtful reply. The matter with the Ephesian Assembly was very important to have been named first in the warnings to the Christians against the imminent crisis set to bring about the completion of this age. In those who were by all measures first and leaders and exercising all piety among the Saints, "losing sight of and desire for our First Love" is inexcusable!

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