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Revelation 2:8

8 And to the messenger of the church in 1Smyrna write: These things says the 2aFirst and the Last, who became bdead and 3lived again:

81 The Greek word means myrrh, and myrrh in figure signifies suffering. Thus, the church in Smyrna was a suffering church. It signifies the church under the persecution of the Roman Empire from the latter part of the first century to the early part of the fourth century.