who testified to the word of God and to the testimony[a] of Jesus Christ,(A) whatever he saw.[b] Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy,(B) and blessed are those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep[c] what is written in it, because the time is near.

John: To the seven churches in Asia. Grace and peace(C) to you from[d] the one who is, who was, and who is to come,(D) and from the seven spirits[e](E) before his throne,

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  1. 1:2 Or witness
  2. 1:2 Or as many as he saw
  3. 1:3 Or follow, or obey
  4. 1:4 Other mss add God
  5. 1:4 Or the sevenfold Spirit

who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God(A) and the testimony of Jesus Christ.(B) Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,(C) because the time is near.(D)

Greetings and Doxology

John,

To the seven churches(E) in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you(F) from him who is, and who was, and who is to come,(G) and from the seven spirits[a](H) before his throne,

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  1. Revelation 1:4 That is, the sevenfold Spirit

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