Revelation of John 1



1The revelation of
Or Revelation of, or A revelation of
Jesus Christ that God gave Him to show His
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slaves c what must quickly
Or soon
take place. e He sent it and signified it
Made it known through symbols
through His angel g to His slave John, h
2 who testified to God’s word and to the testimony
Or witness
about Jesus Christ j in all he saw.
Lit as many as he saw
3 The one who reads this is blessed l 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!

4 John:To the seven churches in
Asia: A Roman province that is now part of modern Turkey; it did not refer to the modern continent of Asia.
Asia.Grace and peace o to you from
Other mss add God
the One who is, who was, and who is coming; q from the seven spirits
Or the sevenfold Spirit
s before His throne;
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth.To Him who loves us and has set us free
Other mss read has washed us
from our sins by His blood,
6 and made us a kingdom
Other mss read kings and
Or made us into (or to be) a kingdom of priests; Ex 19:6
w to His God and Father – the glory and dominion are His forever and ever.
Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.

7 Look! He is coming with the clouds, y
and every eye will see Him,
including those who pierced
Or impaled

And all the families of the earth
Or all the tribes of the land
ab , ac
will mourn over Him.
Or will wail because of Him
ae , af
This is certain. Amen.

8 “I am the
Alpha and Omega: The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet; it is used to refer to God the Father in Rv 1:8 and 21:6, and to Jesus, God the Son, in Rv 22:13.
Alpha and the Omega,” ah says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”

John’s Vision of the Risen Lord

9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance 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
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.
am on the Lord’s day,
and I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet
11 saying, “Write 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 ap it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was One like the
Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13
Son of Man
Or like a son of man
as dressed in a long robe and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest.
14 His head and hair were white like wool – white as snow – and His eyes like a fiery flame. 15 His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of cascading
Lit many
waters. au
16He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, av and His face was shining like the sun at midday.
Lit like the sun shines in its power

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last ax 18 and the Living One. I was dead, but look – I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and
Hades: The Greek word for the place of the dead; it corresponds to the Hebrew word Sheol.
19 Therefore write what you have seen, what is, and what will take place after this. 20 The
secret: Translation of the Greek word mysterion; it is a secret hidden in the past but now revealed.
secret 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.
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