Revelation 1:9-20 (Lexham English Bible)

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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]a 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 hisb 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}c, 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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