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Revelation 1:1-8 (New International Version)

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Prologue

1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave1 him to show his servants what must soon take place.2 He made it known by sending his angel3 to his servant John,4 2 who testifies to everything he saw--that is, the word of God5 and the testimony of Jesus Christ.6 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,7 because the time is near.8

Greetings and Doxology

4 John, To the seven churches9 in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you10 from him who is, and who was, and who is to come,11 and from the seven spiritsa12 before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,13 the firstborn from the dead,14 and the ruler of the kings of the earth.15 To him who loves us16 and has freed us from our sins by his blood,17 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests18 to serve his God and Father19--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.20 7 Look, he is coming with the clouds,21 and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;22 and all the peoples of the earth will mourn23 because of him. So shall it be! Amen. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega,"24 says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come,25 the Almighty."26
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