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1The revelation of # Or Revelation of, or A revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave Him to show His slaves # Ac 2:18; Rm 6:19; 1Pt 2:16; Rv 22:6 what must quickly # Or soon take place. # Dn 2:28-29,45; Rv 22:6 He sent it and signified it # Made it known through symbols through His angel # Gn 24:7; Mt 1:24; Ac 12:11 to His slave John, # Jn 21:7; Rv 22:8 2who testified to God’s word and to the testimony # Or witness about Jesus Christ, # 1Co 1:6; Rv 12:17; 19:10; 20:4 in all he saw. # Lit as many as he saw 3The one who reads this is blessed, # Rv 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7,14 and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep # Or follow, or obey what is written in it are blessed, because the time is near!
4John:
To the seven churches in Asia.
Grace and peace # Ti 1:4 to you from # Other mss add God the One who is, who was, and who is coming; # Rv 1:8,17; 4:8; 16:5 from the seven spirits # Or the sevenfold Spirit # Rv 3:1; 4:5; 5:6 before His throne; 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, # Ps 89:37; Jn 18:37; Rv 2:13; 3:14 the firstborn from the dead # Ps 89:27; Ac 26:23; Rm 8:29; 1Co 15:20-23; Col 1:18 and the ruler of the kings of the earth. # Ps 89:27; Rv 17:14; 19:16
To Him who loves us and has set us free # Other mss read has washed us from our sins by His blood, # Dt 7:8; Rm 8:2 6and made us a kingdom, # Other mss read kings and priests # Or made us into (or to be) a kingdom of priests ; Ex 19:6 # Ex 19:6; 1Pt 2:9; Rv 5:10; 20:6 to His God and Father — the glory and dominion are His forever and ever. Amen. # Rm 11:36; 1Pt 4:11; Jd 25; Rv 7:12
7Look! He is coming with the clouds, # Is 19:1; Zch 12:10; Jn 19:34-37
and every eye will see Him,
including those who pierced # Or impaled Him.
And all the families of the earth # Or all the tribes of the land # Gn 12:3; 28:14; Zch 14:17 # Gn 12:3; 28:14; Zch 14:17
will mourn over Him. # Or will wail because of Him # Dn 7:13; Zch 12:10 # Dn 7:13; Zch 12:10
This is certain. Amen.
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” # Is 44:6; Rv 21:6; 22:13 says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”
John’s Vision of the Risen Lord
9I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation, # Jn 16:33; Ac 14:22; Rm 5:3; 2Tm 2:12; Rv 2:9 kingdom, # Mt 25:34; Jms 2:5 and endurance # Rm 5:3-4; 8:25; 15:4; Col 1:11; 2Th 1:4; Heb 10:36; 12:1; Jms 1:3-4; Rv 2:3; 3:10; 13:10; 14:12 that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of God’s word and the testimony about Jesus. # Lit the witness of Jesus # Rv 1:2; 6:9; 12:17; 19:10; 20:4 10I was in the Spirit # Or in spirit ; lit I became in the Spirit # John was brought by God’s Spirit into a realm of spiritual vision. # 1Kg 18:12; Ezk 3:12; 2Co 12:2; Rv 4:2; 17:3; 21:10 on the Lord’s day, # Sunday and I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet # Ex 19:16,19; 20:18; Ps 47:5 11saying, “Write # Ex 34:27; Dt 31:19; Hab 2:2; Is 8:1; 30:8; Jr 30:2; 36:2,28; Rv 2:1,8,12,18; 3:1,7,14; 14:3; 19:9; 21:5 on a scroll # Or book what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12I turned to see whose voice # Ex 20:18 it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands, # Ex 25:37; 37:23; 2Ch 4:20; Zch 4:2 13and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, # Or like a son of man # Dn 7:13; 10:16; Rv 14:14 dressed in a long robe # Dn 10:5 and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. # Rv 15:6 14His head and hair were white like wool — white as snow # Is 1:18; Dn 7:9 — and His eyes like a fiery flame. # Dn 10:6; Rv 2:18; 19:12 15His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, # Ezk 1:7; Dn 10:6; Rv 2:18 and His voice like the sound of cascading # Lit many waters. # Ezk 1:24; 43:2; Rv 14:2; 19:6 16He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, # Is 49:2; Heb 4:12; Rv 2:12,16; 19:15 and His face was shining like the sun at midday. # Lit like the sun shines in its power # Mt 17:2; Rv 10:1
17When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. # Gn 17:3; Jdg 6:22-23; 13:20; Jb 42:5-6; Is 6:5; Ezk 1:28; Dn 8:17; Mt 17:6; Lk 1:12; 5:8 He laid His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, # Is 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; Rv 2:8; 22:13 18and the Living One. # Mt 16:16; 26:63; Jn 6:57; Rv 4:10; 10:6 I was dead, but look — I am alive forever and ever, # Rm 6:9; 14:9; Rv 2:8; 10:6 and I hold the keys # Mt 16:19 of death and Hades. 19Therefore write what you have seen, # Ex 17:14; Ex 34:27; Dt 31:19; Jr 30:2; Hab 2:2 what is, and what will take place after this. 20The secret # Mt 13:35; Rm 16:25 of the seven stars you saw in My right hand and of the seven gold lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels # Or messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands # Other mss add that you saw are the seven churches. # Mt 5:14-15

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