The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length you have revived your thought for me; in which you did indeed take thought, but you lacked opportunity.
Not that I speak because of lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it.
I know how to be humbled, and I also know how to abound.
In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry,
both to abound and to be in need.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of my God.
“To the angel of the assembly in Smyrna ◆ ◆ write:
“The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life says these things:
“I know your works, oppression, and your poverty (but you are rich),
and the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and they are not,
but are a synagogue of Satan ◆.
Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer.