Amplified Bible

Revelation 1

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

1This is the [a]revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the divine mysteries], which God [the Father] gave to Him to show to His bond-servants (believers) the things which must soon take place [in their entirety]; and He sent and communicated it by His angel (divine messenger) to His bond-servant John, who testified and gave supporting evidence to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to everything that he saw [in his visions]. [b]Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and who keep the things which are written in it [heeding them and taking them to heart]; for the time [of fulfillment] is near.

Message to the Seven Churches

[c]John, to the seven churches that are in [the province of] [d]Asia: [e]Grace [be granted] to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being], from Him Who is [existing forever] and Who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, and from [f]the seven Spirits that are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the [g]faithful and trustworthy Witness, the [h]Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who [always] loves us and who [has once for all] [i]freed us [or washed us] from our sins by His own blood (His sacrificial death)— and formed us into a kingdom [as His subjects], [j]priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes (nations) of the earth will mourn over Him [realizing their sin and guilt, and anticipating the coming wrath]. [k]So it is to be. Amen.

“I am the [l]Alpha and the Omega [the Beginning and the End],” says the Lord God, “Who is [existing forever] and Who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”

The Patmos Vision

I, John, your brother and companion in the [m]tribulation and kingdom and patient endurance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos, [exiled there] because of [my preaching of] the word of God [regarding eternal salvation] and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the [n]Spirit [in special communication with the Holy Spirit and empowered to receive and record the revelation from Jesus Christ] on the [o]Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write on a scroll what you see [in this revelation], and send it to the [p]seven churches—to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And after turning I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the midst of the lampstands I saw someone [q]like the Son of Man, dressed in a robe reaching to His feet, and with a golden sash wrapped around His chest. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, [glistening white] like snow; and His [all-seeing] eyes were [flashing] like a flame of fire [piercing into my being]. 15 His feet were like burnished [white-hot] bronze, refined in a furnace, and His voice was [powerful] like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword [of judgment]; and His face [reflecting His majesty and the [r]Shekinah glory] was like the sun shining in [all] its power [at midday].

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. And He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last [absolute Deity, the Son of God], 18 and the Ever-living One [living in and beyond all time and space]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead). 19 So write the things [s]which you have seen [in the vision], and the things [t]which are [now happening], and the things [u]which will take place after these things. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels ([v]divine messengers) of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Notas al pie

  1. Revelation 1:1 The God-given disclosures contained in this book relate to both Christ and future events.
  2. Revelation 1:3 This is the first of the seven promised blessings (beatitudes) of the Revelation. See also 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14.
  3. Revelation 1:4 John and his brother James were among the first apostles chosen by Jesus, and were the sons of Zebedee and Salome. In addition to the Revelation, John wrote the Gospel and the three letters that bear his name.
  4. Revelation 1:4 The Roman province of Asia (now western Turkey) was formed in 129 b.c.
  5. Revelation 1:4 Like Paul, the apostle John takes the standard Jewish greeting of “Peace [Heb shalom] to you” and modifies it by adding grace, without which no one could obtain peace with God.
  6. Revelation 1:4 A literal translation, perhaps referring to the perfect fullness of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  7. Revelation 1:5 Lit the witness, the faithful.
  8. Revelation 1:5 Jesus was not the first person to be brought back to life, since He raised others from the dead (the most notable being Lazarus, John 11), but they had to experience death again. Jesus is the first to be restored to life with a glorified (immortal, everlasting) body, never again to die. The word Firstborn may point not only to Jesus’ own resurrection but also to His divine power to resurrect others. The Firstborn (preeminent) is given power over all things.
  9. Revelation 1:5 Some manuscripts use “freed” (lusanti) while others use “washed” (lousanti). Either reading conveys a similar theological conclusion: Jesus has taken away our sins by His blood.
  10. Revelation 1:6 All Christians become priests to God in order to offer spiritual sacrifices (1 Pet 2:5) and proclaim His praises (1 Pet 2:9), and they will reign with Christ in the Millennium (20:6).
  11. Revelation 1:7 Lit Yes, amen.
  12. Revelation 1:8 An expression of God’s absolute supremacy over all things.
  13. Revelation 1:9 I.e. persecution because of one’s faith.
  14. Revelation 1:10 Or spirit. The Greek wording is not decisive, so John could be referring either to being in special communion with the Holy Spirit, or to being in a trance-like state in his own spirit like that experienced by Peter at Joppa (cf Acts 10:10, 11).
  15. Revelation 1:10 The early church used this term to refer to Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection. The term Kyriake is also the regular word for Sunday in modern Greek.
  16. Revelation 1:11 These were actual churches in Asia Minor (now western Turkey), and in John’s time there would have been only one church body in each of the cities. They are mentioned in the order in which they would be visited by a messenger traveling northward on the imperial road from Ephesus to Laodicea.
  17. Revelation 1:13 Or like a son of man. The phrase is a translation of a Hebrew idiom which refers to a man, and John could simply be describing his first impression. But since this proves to be a vision of Christ (v 18), John probably is referring to Him by the title that Jesus so often applied to Himself, a title originating in the Messianic prophecy of Daniel.
  18. Revelation 1:16 The visible, divine Presence.
  19. Revelation 1:19 I.e. the vision of ch 1.
  20. Revelation 1:19 I.e. the events of the present moment (chs 2; 3).
  21. Revelation 1:19 I.e. the events to come in chs 4-22, after the messages to the churches in chs 2; 3.
  22. Revelation 1:20 The Greek word for “messenger” is aggelos. When the word is referring to a heavenly being, it is usually not translated, but rather transliterated as “angel”; that is, the Greek letters are converted to their English equivalents, based on the sound of the Greek word. When the word is referring to a human, it is instead translated as “messenger” or the equivalent. So whether “angel” or “messenger” is used depends on the context.

La Bible du Semeur

Apocalypse 1

Jésus, le témoin digne de foi

1Révélation[a] de Jésus-Christ.

Cette révélation, Dieu l’a confiée à Jésus-Christ pour qu’il montre à ses serviteurs ce qui doit arriver bientôt[b]; et Jésus-Christ, en envoyant son ange, l’a fait connaître à son serviteur Jean. En tant que témoin, celui-ci a annoncé la Parole de Dieu que Jésus-Christ lui a transmise par son propre témoignage: il a annoncé tout ce qu’il a vu. Heureux celui qui donne lecture des paroles de cette prophétie et ceux qui les entendent, et qui obéissent à ce qui est écrit dans ce livre, car le temps est proche.

Jean salue les sept Eglises qui sont dans la province d’Asie[c]: que la grâce et la paix vous soient données de la part de celui qui est, qui était et qui vient[d], de la part des sept esprits[e] qui se tiennent devant son trône et de la part de Jésus-Christ, le témoin[f] digne de foi, le premier-né d’entre les morts[g] et le souverain des rois de la terre.

Il nous aime, il nous a délivrés de nos péchés par son sacrifice, il a fait de nous un peuple de rois, des prêtres au service de Dieu[h], son Père: à lui donc soient la gloire et le pouvoir pour l’éternité! Amen.

Voici! Il vient
au milieu des nuées[i] ,
et tout le monde le verra,
même ceux qui l’ont transpercé,
et toutes les familles de la terre
se lamenteront à cause de lui[j] .
Oui, amen!
«Moi je suis l’Alpha et l’Oméga[k]»,
dit le Seigneur Dieu,
celui qui est, qui était et qui vient,
le Tout-Puissant[l].

La vision du Ressuscité

Moi, Jean, votre frère, qui partage avec vous la détresse, le royaume et la persévérance dans l’union avec Jésus, j’étais dans l’île de Patmos[m] parce que j’avais proclamé la Parole de Dieu et le témoignage rendu par Jésus. 10 Le jour du Seigneur[n], l’Esprit de Dieu se saisit de moi, et j’entendis derrière moi une voix forte, pareille au son d’une trompette. 11 Elle disait: Inscris dans un livre ce que tu vois, et envoie-le à ces sept Eglises: Ephèse, Smyrne, Pergame, Thyatire, Sardes, Philadelphie et Laodicée.

12 Je me retournai pour découvrir quelle était cette voix. Et l’ayant fait, voici ce que je vis: il y avait sept chandeliers d’or 13 et, au milieu des chandeliers, quelqu’un qui ressemblait à un homme. Il portait une longue tunique, et une ceinture d’or lui entourait la poitrine. 14 Sa tête et ses cheveux étaient blancs comme de la laine blanche, oui, comme la neige. Ses yeux étaient comme une flamme ardente 15 et ses pieds étincelaient comme du bronze incandescent au sortir d’un creuset. Sa voix retentissait comme celle des grandes eaux[o]. 16 Dans sa main droite, il tenait sept étoiles, et de sa bouche sortait une épée aiguisée à double tranchant[p]. Son visage était éblouissant comme le soleil quand il brille de tout son éclat.

17 Quand je le vis, je tombai à ses pieds, comme mort. Alors il posa sa main droite sur moi en disant:

N’aie pas peur. Moi, je suis le premier et le dernier[q], 18 le vivant. J’ai été mort, et voici: je suis vivant pour l’éternité! Je détiens les clés de la mort et du séjour des morts. 19 Ecris donc ce que tu as vu, ce qui est, et ce qui va arriver ensuite. 20 Mais d’abord voici quel est le secret des sept étoiles que tu as vues dans ma main droite et des sept chandeliers d’or: les sept étoiles sont les anges des sept Eglises et les sept chandeliers les sept Eglises.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.1 Traduction du mot apocalypse. Cette révélation a été donnée par le Père au Fils, puis par le Fils à Jean par l’intermédiaire d’un ange.
  2. 1.1 Ou: d’une manière soudaine, inattendue.
  3. 1.4 Localisées dans un cercle de 80 kilomètres autour d’Ephèse, énumérées aux chapitres 2 et 3. Ces Eglises, selon certains, représentent les Eglises de tous les temps (sept symbolise la totalité).
  4. 1.4 Paraphrase du nom de Dieu révélé à Moïse (Ex 3.14-15; comparer Hé 13.8). Un écrit juif le désignait comme «Celui qui est, qui était et qui sera» (Targum de Jérusalem).
  5. 1.4 Le chiffre sept symbolise la perfection, la totalité.
  6. 1.5 Qualification du Messie reprise d’Es 55.4.
  7. 1.5 Voir 1 Co 15.20, 23.
  8. 1.6 Voir Ex 19.6.
  9. 1.7 Dn 7.13 . Dans plusieurs manifestations de Dieu, il est question des nuées (Ex 19.16; Es 6.4; Mc 9.7; Ac 1.9; comparer Mt 24.30; 25.31; 26.64).
  10. 1.7 Za 12.10, 14.
  11. 1.8 Première et dernière lettres de l’alphabet grec (comparer 21.6; 22.13).
  12. 1.8 Voir Ex 3.14. Le terme: Tout-Puissant est la traduction donnée par la Septante de l’expression: le Seigneur des armées célestes. Ce nom était aussi appliqué à l’empereur.
  13. 1.9 Petite île de la mer Egée à une centaine de kilomètres d’Ephèse. Les autorités romaines y exilaient ceux qu’elles jugeaient indésirables.
  14. 1.10 Cette expression (jour dominical) est déjà appliquée au premier jour de la semaine (dimanche) par Ignace d’Antioche, un contemporain de Jean.
  15. 1.15 Cette description renvoie à plusieurs textes de l’Ancien Testament: Dn 7.13; 10.5; 7.9; 10.6.
  16. 1.16 Voir Es 49.2.
  17. 1.17 Voir Es 44.6 et 48.12 où il s’agit de Dieu. Ici il est question de Christ (Ap 2; 8; 22.13).