1 The revelation of a Jesus Christ that God gave Him to show His * slaves b what must quickly c take place. d He sent it and signified it e through His angel f to His slave John, g 2 who testified to God’s word and to the testimony h about Jesus Christ, i in all he saw. j 3 The one who reads this is blessed, k and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep l what is written in it are blessed, because the time is near!
To the seven churches in * Asia.
Grace and peace m to you from n the One who is, who was, and who is coming; o from the seven spirits p q before His throne; 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, r the firstborn from the dead s and the ruler of the kings of the earth. t
To Him who loves us and has set us free u from our sins by His blood, v 6 and made us a kingdom, w priests x y to His God and Father—the glory and dominion are His forever and ever. * Amen. z
7 Look! He is coming with the clouds, a
and every eye will see Him,
including those who pierced b Him.
And all the families of the earth c d e
This is certain. Amen.
8 “I am the * Alpha and the Omega,” i 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, j kingdom, k and endurance l that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of God’s word and the testimony about Jesus. m n 10 I was in the Spirit o p q on the Lord’s day, r and I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet s 11 saying, “Write t on a scroll u what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I turned to see whose voice v it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands, w 13 and among the lampstands was One like the * Son of Man, x y dressed in a long robe z and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. a 14 His head and hair were white like wool—white as snow b—and His eyes like a fiery flame. c 15 His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, d and His voice like the sound of cascading e waters. f 16 He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, g and His face was shining like the sun at midday. hi
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. j He laid His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, k 18 and the Living One. l I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever, m and I hold the keys n of death and * Hades. 19 Therefore write what you have seen, o what is, and what will take place after this. 20 The * secret p of the seven stars you saw in My right hand and of the seven gold lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels q of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands r are the seven churches. s
About The Holman Christian Standard Bible
The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.
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Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.