Revelation 1:4-14 (New International Version)

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Greetings and Doxology

4 John, To the seven churches1 in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you2 from him who is, and who was, and who is to come,3 and from the seven spiritsa4 before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,5 the firstborn from the dead,6 and the ruler of the kings of the earth.7 To him who loves us8 and has freed us from our sins by his blood,9 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests10 to serve his God and Father11--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.12 7 Look, he is coming with the clouds,13 and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;14 and all the peoples of the earth will mourn15 because of him. So shall it be! Amen. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega,"16 says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come,17 the Almighty."18

One Like a Son of Man

9 I, John,19 your brother and companion in the suffering20 and kingdom21 and patient endurance22 that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God23 and the testimony of Jesus.24 10 On the Lord's Day25 I was in the Spirit,26 and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,27 11 which said: "Write on a scroll what you see28 and send it to the seven churches:29 to Ephesus,30 Smyrna,31 Pergamum,32 Thyatira,33 Sardis,34 Philadelphia35 and Laodicea."36 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,37 13 and among the lampstands38 was someone "like a son of man,"b39 dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet40 and with a golden sash around his chest.41 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.42
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