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Prologue
1The revelation of # Or Revelation of, or A revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave Him to show His slaves #Ac 2:18Rm 6:191Pt 2:16Rv 22:6 what must quickly # Or soon take place. #Dn 2:28-29Rv 22:6 He sent it and signified it # Made it known through symbols through His angel #Gn 24:7Mt 1:24Ac 12:11 to His slave John, #Jn 21:7Rv 22:8 2who testified to God’s word and to the testimony # Or witness about Jesus Christ, #1Co 1:6Rv 12:17|NoBook| 19:10|NoBook| 20:4 in all he saw. # Lit as many as he saw 3The one who reads this is blessed, #Rv 14:13|NoBook| 16:15|NoBook| 19:9|NoBook| 20:6|NoBook| 22:7 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|NoBook| 4:8|NoBook| 16:5 from the seven spirits # Or the sevenfold Spirit #Rv 3:1|NoBook| 4:5|NoBook| 5:6 before His throne; 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, #Ps 89:37Jn 18:37Rv 2:13|NoBook| 3:14 the firstborn from the dead #Ps 89:27Ac 26:23Rm 8:291Co 15:20-23Col 1:18 and the ruler of the kings of the earth. #Ps 89:27Rv 17:14|NoBook| 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 7:8Rm 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 19:61Pt 2:9Rv 5:10|NoBook| 20:6 to His God and Father — the glory and dominion are His forever and ever. Amen. #Rm 11:361Pt 4:11Jd 25Rv 7:12
7Look! He is coming with the clouds, #Is 19:1Zch 12:10Jn 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|NoBook| 28:14Zch 14:17 # Gn 12:3; 28:14; Zch 14:17
will mourn over Him. # Or will wail because of Him #Dn 7:13Zch 12:10 # Dn 7:13; Zch 12:10
This is certain. Amen.
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” #Is 44:6Rv 21:6|NoBook| 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 16:33Ac 14:22Rm 5:32Tm 2:12Rv 2:9 kingdom, #Mt 25:34Jms 2:5 and endurance #Rm 5:3-4|NoBook| 8:25|NoBook| 15:4Col 1:112Th 1:4Heb 10:36|NoBook| 12:1Jms 1:3-4Rv 2:3|NoBook| 3:10|NoBook| 13:10|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 6:9|NoBook| 12:17|NoBook| 19:10|NoBook| 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 18:12Ezk 3:122Co 12:2Rv 4:2|NoBook| 17:3|NoBook| 21:10 on the Lord’s day, # Sunday and I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet #Ex 19:16|NoBook| 20:18Ps 47:5 11saying, “Write #Ex 34:27Dt 31:19Hab 2:2Is 8:1|NoBook| 30:8Jr 30:2|NoBook| 36:2Rv 2:1|NoBook| 3:1|NoBook| 14:3|NoBook| 19:9|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 37:232Ch 4:20Zch 4:2 13and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, # Or like a son of man #Dn 7:13|NoBook| 10:16Rv 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 1:18Dn 7:9 — and His eyes like a fiery flame. #Dn 10:6Rv 2:18|NoBook| 19:12 15His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, #Ezk 1:7Dn 10:6Rv 2:18 and His voice like the sound of cascading # Lit many waters. #Ezk 1:24|NoBook| 43:2Rv 14:2|NoBook| 19:6 16He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, #Is 49:2Heb 4:12Rv 2:12|NoBook| 19:15 and His face was shining like the sun at midday. # Lit like the sun shines in its power #Mt 17:2Rv 10:1
17When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. #Gn 17:3Jdg 6:22-23|NoBook| 13:20Jb 42:5-6Is 6:5Ezk 1:28Dn 8:17Mt 17:6Lk 1:12|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 26:63Jn 6:57Rv 4:10|NoBook| 10:6 I was dead, but look — I am alive forever and ever, #Rm 6:9|NoBook| 14:9Rv 2:8|NoBook| 10:6 and I hold the keys #Mt 16:19 of death and Hades. 19Therefore write what you have seen, #Ex 17:14Ex 34:27Dt 31:19Jr 30:2Hab 2:2 what is, and what will take place after this. 20The secret #Mt 13:35Rm 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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