B. The Church in Smyrna --
The Church under Persecution
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:
9 I know your 1atribulation and 2bpoverty (but you are 2rich) and the 3cslander from those who call themselves dJews and are 4not, but are a 5esynagogue of 6fSatan.
10 Do not afear the things that you are about to bsuffer. Behold, the 1cdevil is about to cast some of you into dprison that you may be etried, and you will have ftribulation for 2gten days. Be hfaithful iunto death, and I will give you the 3jcrown of life.
11 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches. He who 1covercomes shall by no means be hurt of the 2dsecond death.