Revelation 1
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1The revelation ofA Jesus Christ that God gave him to show his servantsa what must soon take place.b He made it known by sending his angelc to his servant John,d 2who testified to the word of God and to the testimonyA of Jesus Christ,a whatever he saw.B 3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy,a and blessed are those who hear the words of this prophecy and keepA what is written in it, because the time is near.

4John: To the seven churches in Asia. Grace and peacea to you fromA the one who is, who was, and who is to come,b and from the seven spiritsB c before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,a the firstborn from the deadb and the ruler of the kings of the earth.c

To him who loves us and has set us freeA from our sins by his blood,d 6and made us a kingdom,A priestsB a to his God and Father — to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.b

7Look, he is coming with the clouds,a

and every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him.

And all the tribesA of the earthb c

will mourn over him.B d e

So it is to be. Amen.

8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,”a says the Lord God, “the one who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

John’s Vision of the Risen Lord

9I, John, your brother and partner in the affliction,a kingdom,b and endurancec that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.d 10I was in the Spirita a on the Lord’s day, and I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpetb 11saying, “Writea on a scrollA what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

12Then I turned to see whose voicea it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,b 13and among the lampstands was one like the Son of Man,a a dressed in a robeb and with a golden sash wrapped around his chest.c 14The hair of his head was white as wool — white as snowa — and his eyes like a fiery flame.b 15His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace,a and his voice like the sound of cascadingA waters.b 16He had seven stars in his right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from his mouth,a and his face was shining like the sun at full strength.b

17When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man.a He laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid. I am the First and the Last,b 18and the Living One.a I was dead, but look — I am alive forever and ever,b and I hold the keysc of death and Hades. 19Therefore write what you have seen,a what is, and what will take place after this. 20The mysterya of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angelsA of the seven churches, and the seven lampstandsB are the seven churches.b

The Letters to the Seven Churches

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