English Standard Version
For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.
King James Bible
For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
American Standard Version
For I bear him witness, that he hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.
For I bear him testimony that he hath much labour for you, and for them that are at Laodicea, and them at Hierapolis.
English Revised Version
For I bear him witness, that he hath much labour for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.
Webster's Bible Translation
For I bear him testimony, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
Weymouth New Testament
For I can bear witness to the deep interest he takes in you and in the brethren at Laodicea and in those at Hierapolis.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Read πόνον labor, which occurs elsewhere only in Revelation 16:10, Revelation 16:11; Revelation 21:4, in the sense of pain. Πονος labor is from the root of πένομαι to work for one's daily bread, and thence to be poor. Πόνος toil, πένης one who works for his daily bread, and πονηρός wicked, have a common root. See on wickedness, Mark 7:22. In their original conceptions, κόπος labor (1 Corinthians 15:58; 2 Corinthians 6:5) emphasizes the fatigue of labor: μόχθος hard labor (2 Corinthians 11:27; 1 Thessalonians 2:9), the hardship: πόνος the effort, but πόνος has passed, in the New Testament, in every instance but this, into the meaning of pain.
The cities are named in geographical order. Laodicaea and Hierapolis faced each other on the north and south sides of the Lycus valley, about six miles apart. Colossae was ten or twelve miles farther up the stream. Hierapolis owed its celebrity to its warm mineral springs, its baths, and its trade in dyed wools. It was a center of the worship of the Phrygian goddess Cybele, whose rites were administered by mutilated priests known as Galli, and of other rites representing different oriental cults. Hence the name Hierapolis or sacred city.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Laodicea. Laodicea and Hierapolis were both cities of Phrygia in Asia Minor, between which, and equidistant from each, was situated Colosse. Laodicea was seated near the Lycus, about
63 miles east of Ephesus; and became one of the largest and richest towns in Phrygia, vying in power with the maritime cities. It is now called Eski-hissar, the old castle; and besides the whole surface within the city's wall being strewed with pedestals and fragments, the ruins of an amphitheatre, a magnificent odeum, and other public buildings, attest its former splendour and magnificence. But, when visited by Dr. Chandler, all was silence and solitude; and a fox, first discovered by his ears peeping over a brow, was the only inhabitant of Laodicea. Hierapolis, now Pambouk-Kaiesi, was situated, according to the Itinerary, six miles N. of Laodicea; and its ruins are now about a mile and a half in circumference.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,
Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
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