Revelation 1:1–20

Introduction and Benediction

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, awhich God gave Him to show His servants—things which must 1shortly take place. And bHe sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, cwho bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things dthat he saw. eBlessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for fthe time is near.

Greeting the Seven Churches

John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from Him gwho is and hwho was and who is to come, iand from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, jthe faithful kwitness, the lfirstborn from the dead, and mthe ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him nwho 2loved us oand washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has pmade us 3kings and priests to His God and Father, qto Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Behold, He is coming with rclouds, and every eye will see Him, even sthey who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

tI am the Alpha and the Omega, 4the Beginning and the End,” says the 5Lord, uwho is and who was and who is to come, the vAlmighty.”

Vision of the Son of Man

I, John, 6both your brother and wcompanion in the tribulation and xkingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 yI was in the Spirit on zthe Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me aa loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, 7I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches 8which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned bI saw seven golden lampstands, 13 cand in the midst of the seven lampstands dOne like the Son of Man, eclothed with a garment down to the feet and fgirded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and ghair were white like wool, as white as snow, and hHis eyes like a flame of fire; 15 iHis feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and jHis voice as the sound of many waters; 16 kHe had in His right hand seven stars, lout of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, mand His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And nwhen I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But oHe laid His right hand on me, saying 9to me, Do not be afraid; pI am the First and the Last. 18 qI am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, rI am alive forevermore. Amen. And sI have the keys of 1Hades and of Death. 19 2Write the things which you have tseen, uand the things which are, vand the things which will take place after this. 20 The 3mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are wthe 4angels of the seven churches, and xthe seven lampstands 5which you saw are the seven churches.

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