Revelation of John 1

Prologue

1The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God a  gave him b  to show to his servants
Greek bondservants
the things that must soon take place. d  He made it known by sending his angel to his servant
Greek bondservant
John,
2 f  who bore witness to the word of God and to g  the testimony of Jesus Christ, even h  to all that he saw. 3 i  Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it j  for the time is near.

Greeting to the Seven Churches

4John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from k  him l  who is and m  who was and who is to come, and from n  the seven spirits who are before his throne,
5and from Jesus Christ o  the faithful witness p  the firstborn of the dead, and q  the ruler of kings on earth.

To r  him who loves us and s  has freed us from our sins by his blood
6and made us t  a kingdom u  priests to v  his God and Father, to him be w  glory and x  dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7Behold y  he is coming with the clouds, and z  every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail
Or mourn
on account of him. Even so. Amen.

8 ab  I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God ac  who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Vision of the Son of Man

9I, John, your brother and ad  partner in ae  the tribulation and af  the kingdom and ag  the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos ah  on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 ai  I was in the Spirit aj  on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice ak  like a trumpet 11saying, al  Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw am  seven golden lampstands, 13and in the midst of the lampstands an  one like ao  a son of man ap  clothed with a long robe and aq  with a golden sash around his chest. 14 ar  The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. as  His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 at  his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and au  his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 av  In his right hand he held seven stars aw  from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and ax  his face was like the sun shining ay  in full strength.

17 az  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But ba  he laid his right hand on me bb  saying, Fear not bc  I am the first and the last, 18and the living one. bd  I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and be  I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 bf  Write therefore bg  the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and bh  the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and bi  the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

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