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Revelation 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Introduction and Benediction
John’s Vision of Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:1 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:2 - who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:3 - Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Greeting the Seven Churches
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:4 - John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:5 - and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed[fn] us from our sins in His own blood,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:6 - and has made us kings[fn] and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:7 - Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:8 - “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”[fn] says the Lord,[fn] “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Vision of the Son of Man
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:9 - I, John, both[fn] your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:10 - I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:11 - saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and,[fn] “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia:[fn] to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:12 - Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:13 - and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:14 - His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:15 - His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:16 - He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:17 - And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,[fn] “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:18 - “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:19 - “Write[fn] the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:20 - “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw[fn] are the seven churches.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads loves us and freed; M-Text reads loves us and washed.
NU-Text and M-Text read a kingdom.
NU-Text and M-Text omit the Beginning and the End.
NU-Text and M-Text add God.
NU-Text and M-Text omit both.
NU-Text and M-Text omit I am through third and.
NU-Text and M-Text omit which are in Asia.
NU-Text and M-Text omit to me.
NU-Text and M-Text read Therefore, write.
NU-Text and M-Text omit which you saw.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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