Revelation 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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Prologue

1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his slaves [the things] which must take place in a short time, and communicated [it] [by]a sending [it] through his angel to his slave John, 2 who testified about the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, all that he saw. 3 Blessed [is] the one who reads aloud and [blessed are]b those who hear the words of the prophecy and observe the things written in it, because the time [is] near!

Greetings to the Churches

4 John, to the seven churches in Asia:c grace to you and peace from the one who is and the one who was and the one who is coming, and from the seven spirits who [are] 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 the one who loves us and released us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father--to him [be] the glory and the power {forever and ever}d. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even every one who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Yes, amen. 8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, the one who is and the one who was and the one who is coming, the All-Powerful.

John’s Vision of the Son of Man

9 I, John, your brother and co-sharer in the affliction and kingdom and steadfastness in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a great sound like a trumpet 11 saying, "What you see, write 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." 12 And I turned to see the voice which was speaking with me, and [when I]e turned, I saw seven gold lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands [one] like a son of man, dressed in [a robe] reaching to the feet and girded around hisf chest [with] a golden belt, 14 and his head and hair [were] white like wool, white as snow, and his eyes [were] like a fiery flame, 15 and his feet [were] like fine bronze when it has been fired in a furnace, and his voice [was] like the sound of many waters, 16 and [he] had in his right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword coming out of his mouth, and his face [was] like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead person, and he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives, and I was dead, and behold, I am living {forever and ever}g, and I hold the keys of death and of Hades. 19 Therefore, write [the things] which you saw, and [the things] which are, and [the things] which are about to take place after these [things]. 20 [As for] the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands--the seven stars are [the] angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are [the] seven churches.
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