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I. Prologue[a]

Chapter 1

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:1–3 This prologue describes the source, contents, and audience of the book and forms an inclusion with the epilogue (Rev 22:6–21), with its similar themes and expressions.

11 which said, “Write on a scroll[a] what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” 12 [b]Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands

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Footnotes

  1. 1:11 Scroll: a papyrus roll.
  2. 1:12–16 A symbolic description of Christ in glory. The metaphorical language is not to be understood literally; cf. Introduction.

VII. Epilogue[a]

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.”(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 22:6–21 The book ends with an epilogue consisting of a series of warnings and exhortations and forming an inclusion with the prologue by resuming its themes and expressions; see note on Rev 1:1–3.

28 just as I received authority from my Father. And to him I will give the morning star.

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