New Living Translation

Revelation 1

Prologue

1This is a revelation from[a] Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon[b] take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.

John’s Greeting to the Seven Churches

This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia.[c]

Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit[d] before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world.

All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven.
    And everyone will see him—
    even those who pierced him.
And all the nations of the world
    will mourn for him.
Yes! Amen!

“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,”[e] says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”

Vision of the Son of Man

I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. 10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit.[f] Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. 11 It said, “Write in a book[g] everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man.[h] He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.[i]

19 “Write down what you have seen—both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.[j] 20 This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels[k] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1a Or of.
  2. 1:1b Or suddenly, or quickly.
  3. 1:4a Asia was a Roman province in what is now western Turkey.
  4. 1:4b Greek the seven spirits.
  5. 1:8 Greek I am the Alpha and the Omega, referring to the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
  6. 1:10 Or in spirit.
  7. 1:11 Or on a scroll.
  8. 1:13 Or like a son of man. See Dan 7:13. “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  9. 1:18 Greek and Hades.
  10. 1:19 Or what you have seen and what they mean—the things that have already begun to happen.
  11. 1:20 Or the messengers.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

启示录 1

1以下是上帝赐给耶稣基督的启示,让祂把将来要发生的事指示祂的众奴仆。因此,祂差遣天使告诉祂的奴仆约翰。 约翰便为自己所看见的一切——上帝的道和耶稣基督做见证。 那位宣读这预言的人和那些听见并遵守其中内容的人有福了,因为日期近了。

问候七教会

4-5 我约翰写信给你们亚细亚的七间教会。愿昔在、今在、以后永在的上帝,祂宝座前的七灵[a]和耶稣基督赐给你们恩典和平安。耶稣基督是忠心的见证人,是首先从死里复活的,是世上君王的首领。祂爱我们,用自己的血救我们脱离罪恶, 使我们成为祭司的国度[b]来事奉祂的父上帝。愿祂得到一切荣耀和权柄,一直到永永远远。阿们!

看啊!祂要驾云降临,世人都要看见祂,包括曾经刺祂的人。地上的万族都必因祂而哀哭。这事必定实现。阿们!

主上帝说:“我是阿拉法,我是俄梅加[c],我是昔在、今在、以后永在的全能者。”

基督的显现

我约翰是你们的弟兄,在耶稣里和你们患难与共、同享国度、一起忍耐。我因传扬上帝的道、为主耶稣做见证而到了拔摩海岛上。 10 主日,我被圣灵感动,听见身后有号角般响亮的声音说: 11 “把你所看见的写在书上,然后送给以弗所、士每拿、别迦摩、推雅推喇、撒狄、非拉铁非和老底嘉七间教会。”

12 我转身看究竟是谁在对我说话,我看见七个金灯台, 13 有一位好像人子耶稣的站在这些灯台中间。祂长袍垂脚,金带围胸, 14 头与发白如羊毛、洁白如雪,眼睛像火焰, 15 双脚像炉中冶炼过的铜一样光亮,声音如同洪涛之声。 16 祂右手拿着七颗星,口中吐出一把两刃的利剑,面貌如烈日放光。

17 我一看见祂,便扑倒在祂脚前,像死了一样。祂把右手按在我身上,说:“不要害怕!我是首先的,我是末后的, 18 我是永活者。我曾经死过,但看啊,我永永远远活着。我掌握死亡和阴间的钥匙。 19 所以,你要将所看见的一切——现在和将来要发生的事都记录下来。 20 你所看见在我右手中的七颗星和七个金灯台的奥秘是,七颗星代表七间教会的天使[d],七个灯台代表七间教会。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:4-5 七灵”指的就是圣灵,数字七代表完全,不是说有七个灵。
  2. 1:6 成为祭司的国度”或译“成为国度,做祭司”。
  3. 1:8 阿拉法”和“俄梅加”分别是希腊文第一个和最后一个字母,故此句意即“我是始,我是终”。
  4. 1:20 天使”或译“信使”或“使者”,下同,可能指教会的守护天使,或者是教会的领袖。