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Blessed (happy, [a]to be envied) is the man who reads aloud [in the assemblies] the word of this prophecy; and blessed (happy, [b]to be envied) are those who hear [it read] and who keep themselves true to the things which are written in it [heeding them and laying them to heart], for the time [for them to be fulfilled] is near.

John to the seven assemblies (churches) that are in Asia: May grace (God’s unmerited favor) be granted to you and spiritual peace ([c]the peace of Christ’s kingdom) from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits [[d]the sevenfold Holy Spirit] before His throne,(A)

And from Jesus Christ the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead [first to be brought back to life] and the Prince (Ruler) of the kings of the earth. To Him Who [e]ever loves us and has [f]once [for all] loosed and freed us from our sins by His own blood,(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 1:3 Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon of the Greek New Testament.
  2. Revelation 1:3 Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon of the Greek New Testament.
  3. Revelation 1:4 G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
  4. Revelation 1:4 Richard of St. Victor, cited by Richard Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament.
  5. Revelation 1:5 Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People: “ever” and “once” captures the idea of ongoing and completed action contained within the Greek present and aorist (past) verb tenses used here.
  6. Revelation 1:5 Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People: “ever” and “once” captures the idea of ongoing and completed action contained within the Greek present and aorist (past) verb tenses used here.
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