Revelation 1:3
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English Standard Version
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

King James Bible
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

American Standard Version
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.

English Revised Version
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Weymouth New Testament
Blessed is he who reads and blessed are those who listen to the words of this prophecy and lay to heart what is written in it; for the time for its fulfillment is now close at hand.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Blessed (μακάριος)

See on Matthew 5:3.

He that readeth (ὁ ἀναγινώσκων)

See on Luke 4:16. The Reader in the Church. See 2 Corinthians 3:14. They that hear, the congregation. The words imply a public, official reading, in full religious assembly for worship. The passage is of some weight in determining the date of this book. The stated reading of the Apostolical writings did not exist as a received form before the destruction of Jerusalem, a.d. 70.

And keep (καὶ τηροῦντες)

The absence of the article from τηροῦντες keeping (compare οἱ ἀκούντες they that hear), shows that the hearers and the keepers form one class. Τηρεῖν to keep, is a peculiarly Johannine word, and is characteristic of Revelation as of the other writings in its own peculiar sense of "keeping" in the exercise of active and strenuous care, rather than of watching over to preserve. See on reserved, 1 Peter 1:4.

Prophecy

See on prophet, Luke 7:26.

Which are written (τὰ γεγραμμένα)

Perfect participle, have been written, and therefore stand written.

The time (ὁ καιρὸς)

See on Matthew 12:1.

At hand (ἐγγύς)

Lit., near. See on shortly, Revelation 1:1.

Revelation 1:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Blessed.

Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Daniel 12:12,13 Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days...

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

for.

Revelation 22:6,10,12,20 And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true...

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

James 5:8,9 Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near...

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Cross References
Matthew 24:15
"So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),

Luke 11:28
But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

Romans 13:11
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

Romans 13:12
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Revelation 3:11
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

Revelation 22:7
"And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

Revelation 22:10
And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.

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