New International Version

Revelation 1:1-20

Prologue

1The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3Blessed 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, because the time is near.

Greetings and Doxology

4John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits1:4 That is, the sevenfold Spirit before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

7“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”1:7 Daniel 7:13

and “every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him”;

and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”1:7 Zech. 12:10

So shall it be! Amen.

8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

John’s Vision of Christ

9I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

12I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,1:13 See Daniel 7:13. dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

19“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels1:20 Or messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Kũguũrĩrio 1:1-20

Ũhoro wa Kwambĩrĩria

11:1 Joh 12:49; Kũg 22:16Ũyũ nĩguo ũguũrio wa Jesũ Kristũ, ũrĩa Ngai aamũguũrĩirie nĩguo onie ndungata ciake maũndũ marĩa makiriĩ gwĩkĩka o ica ikuhĩ. Aamenyithanirie ũhoro ũcio na ũndũ wa gũtũma mũraika wake kũrĩ ndungata yake Johana, 2ũrĩa nake wacookire kumbũra ũhoro ũrĩa wothe oonire, naguo nĩ ũhoro wa kiugo kĩa Ngai na ũira wa Jesũ Kristũ. 31:3 Luk 11:28; Arom 13:11Kũrathimwo-rĩ, nĩ mũndũ ũrĩa ũthomaga ciugo cia ũrathi ũyũ, na kũrathimwo nĩ andũ arĩa maiguaga ũhoro ũyũ na makaiga ngoro-inĩ ciao ũhoro ũrĩa wandĩkĩtwo ũrathi-inĩ ũyũ, tondũ ihinda nĩrĩkuhĩrĩirie.

Ngeithi na Rwĩmbo rwa Kũgooca Ngai

41:4 Kũg 1:11, 20; Arom 1:7Nĩ niĩ Johana,

Ndĩratũmĩra makanitha marĩa mũgwanja marĩ kũu bũrũri wa Asia1:4 Makanitha macio mũgwanja maikarĩte gĩthiũrũrĩ, na maaraihanĩrĩirie ta kilomita 80. ũhoro ũyũ:

Atĩrĩrĩ, wega na thayũ irogĩa na inyuĩ kuuma kũrĩ ũrĩa ũrĩ ho, na nowe warĩ ho, na nowe ũgooka, na kuuma kũrĩ maroho mũgwanja marĩa maikaraga mbere ya gĩtĩ gĩake kĩa ũnene, 51:5 Isa 55:4; Thab 89:27; Akol 1:18o na kuuma kũrĩ Jesũ Kristũ, mũira ũrĩa mwĩhokeku, o we irigithathi rĩa arĩa akuũ, na mwathi wa athamaki a thĩ.

Kũrĩ ũcio ũtwendete, na agatuohorithia kuuma mehia-inĩ maitũ na ũndũ wa thakame yake, 6na agatũtua andũ a ũthamaki na athĩnjĩri-Ngai, nĩguo tũtungatage Ngai na Ithe wake:1:6 Tene andũ a Isiraeli nĩo maarĩ athĩnjĩri-Ngai; rĩu andũ a Kanitha wa Kĩrĩkanĩro kĩrĩa Kĩerũ nĩo athĩnjĩri-Ngai. ũgooci na wathani irogĩa kũrĩ we tene na tene! Ameni.

71:7 Dan 7; Zek 12:10Atĩrĩrĩ, nĩ gũũka arooka na matu,

na gũtirĩ riitho rĩtakamuona,

o na andũ arĩa maamũtheecire nĩmakamuona;

nao andũ othe a thĩ nĩmagacakaya nĩ ũndũ wake.

Ũguo nĩguo gũgaatuĩka! Ameni.

81:8 Kũg 1:17; Kũg 4:8Mwathani Ngai ekuuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩ niĩ Alifa o na Omega,1:8 Alifa na Omega nĩ ndemwa cia Kĩyunani; Alifa nĩyo ya mbere, na Omega nĩyo ya kũrigĩrĩria. ũrĩa ũrĩ ho, na nowe warĩ ho, na nowe ũgooka, o we Mwene-Hinya-Wothe.”

Mũndũ Ũhaana ta Mũrũ wa Mũndũ

9Niĩ, Johana, mũrũ wa ithe wanyu, na mũgwatanĩri na inyuĩ thĩinĩ wa mĩnyamaro, na ũthamaki, na gũkirĩrĩria tũũmĩrĩirie, o iria irĩ ciitũ thĩinĩ wa Jesũ, ndaarĩ gĩcigĩrĩra-inĩ kĩa iria kĩrĩa gĩĩtagwo Patimo tondũ wa Ũhoro wa Ngai na ũira wa Jesũ. 101:10 Atũm 14:22; Kũg 4:1Na rĩrĩ, ndaarĩ thĩinĩ wa Roho Mũthenya wa Mwathani,1:10 Mũthenya wa Mwathani warĩ mũthenya wa mbere wa kiumia; wetirwo Mũthenya wa Mwathani tondũ nĩguo Jesũ aariũkire. na niĩ ngĩigua mũgambo mũnene thuutha wakwa warĩ ta wa karumbeta, 11ũkiuga atĩrĩ, “Andĩka ũrĩa ũkuona ibuku-inĩ rĩa gĩkũnjo, na ũcooke ũũtũmĩre makanitha marĩa mũgwanja: nĩmo kanitha wa Efeso, na wa Simurina, na wa Perigamo, na wa Thuatira, na wa Saride, na wa Filadelifia, na wa Laodikia.”

121:12 Thaam 25:31-40Na niĩ ngĩĩhũgũra nĩguo nyone mũgambo ũcio wanjaragĩria. Na hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ndehũgũrire, ngĩona mĩtĩ mũgwanja ya thahabu ya kũigĩrĩra matawa, 131:13 Dan 7:13; Dan 10:5na gatagatĩ ka mĩtĩ ĩyo nĩ haarĩ na mũndũ “wahaanaga ta mũrũ wa mũndũ,” wehumbĩte nguo yamũkinyĩte o nyarĩrĩ, na akeoha mũcibi wa thahabu gĩthũri. 141:14 Dan 7:9; Dan 10:6Naguo mũtwe wake na njuĩrĩ yake ciarĩ njerũ cua ta guoya wa ngʼondu, cierũhĩte o ta ira, namo maitho make maahaanaga ta nĩnĩmbĩ cia mwaki. 151:15 Ezek 43:2; Dan 10:6Namo magũrũ make maahaanaga ta gĩcango gĩgũkenga kĩrĩ mwaki-inĩ wa aturi, naguo mũgambo wake watariĩ ta mũrurumo wa maaĩ maingĩ. 161:16 Ahib 4:12; Atiir 5:31Guoko-inĩ gwake kwa ũrĩo aanyiitĩte njata mũgwanja, na kuuma kanua-inĩ gake hakoima rũhiũ rwa njora rũũgĩ mĩena yeerĩ.1:16 Rũhiũ rwa njora rũnoore mĩena yeerĩ ruonanagia gũtuĩrwo ciira. Naguo ũthiũ wake watariĩ ta riũa rĩrĩa rĩarĩte mũno.

171:17 Ezek 1:28; Dan 8:18Rĩrĩa ndaamuonire ngĩgwa magũrũ-inĩ make ta mũndũ mũkuũ. Nake akĩnjigĩrĩra guoko gwake kwa ũrĩo, akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, “Tiga gwĩtigĩra. Nĩ niĩ wa Mbere, na ni niĩ wa Kũrigĩrĩria. 181:18 Isa 41:4; Dan 8:17, 18Nĩ niĩ Ũrĩa-ũrĩ-Muoyo; nĩndakuĩte, na rĩu ngũtũũra muoyo nginya tene na tene! Na nĩ niĩ ndĩ na cabi cia gĩkuũ na Kwa Ngoma.

19“Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, andĩka maũndũ marĩa wona, marĩa marĩ kuo rĩu na marĩa magooka thuutha-inĩ. 20Nayo hitho ya njata icio mũgwanja wonire guoko-inĩ gwakwa kwa ũrĩo, na ya mĩtĩ ĩyo mũgwanja ya thahabu ya kũigĩrĩra matawa nĩ ĩno: Njata icio mũgwanja nĩ araika a makanitha marĩa mũgwanja, nayo mĩtĩ ĩyo mũgwanja ya kũigĩrĩra matawa nĩ makanitha macio mũgwanja.