Revelation 1-3 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

1 1  A revelation of Jesus Christ, that God gave to him, to shew to his servants what things it behoveth to come to pass quickly; and he did signify 'it', having sent through his messenger to his servant John, 2  who did testify the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, as many things also as he did see.

3  Happy is he who is reading, and those hearing, the words of the prophecy, and keeping the things written in it—for the time is nigh!

Greetings to the Seven Churches

4  John to the seven assemblies that 'are' in Asia: Grace to you, and peace, from Him who is, and who was, and who is coming, and from the Seven Spirits that are before His throne, 5  and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born out of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth; to him who did love us, and did bathe us from our sins in his blood, 6  and did make us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him 'is' the glory and the power to the ages of the ages! Amen. 7  Lo, he doth come with the clouds, and see him shall every eye, even those who did pierce him, and wail because of him shall all the tribes of the land. Yes! Amen! 8  'I am the Alpha and the Omega, beginning and end, saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is coming—the Almighty.'

A Vision of the Son of Man

9  I, John, who also 'am' your brother, and fellow-partner in the tribulation, and in the reign and endurance, of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, because of the word of God, and because of the testimony of Jesus Christ; 10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's-day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, 11  'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last;' and, 'What thou dost see, write in a scroll, and send to the seven assemblies that 'are' in Asia; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.' 12  And I did turn to see the voice that did speak with me, and having turned, I saw seven golden lamp-stands, 13  and in the midst of the seven lamp-stands, 'one' like to a son of man, clothed to the foot, and girt round at the breast with a golden girdle, 14  and his head and hairs white, as if white wool—as snow, and his eyes as a flame of fire; 15  and his feet like to fine brass, as in a furnace having been fired, and his voice as a sound of many waters, 16  and having in his right hand seven stars, and out of his mouth a sharp two-edged sword is proceeding, and his countenance 'is' as the sun shining in its might. 17  And when I saw him, I did fall at his feet as dead, and he placed his right hand upon me, saying to me, 'Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, 18  and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death. 19  'Write the things that thou hast seen, and the things that are, and the things that are about to come after these things; 20  the secret of the seven stars that thou hast seen upon my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands: the seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, and the seven lamp-stands that thou hast seen are seven assemblies.

The Message to Ephesus

2 1  'To the messenger of the Ephesian assembly write: These things saith he who is holding the seven stars in his right hand, who is walking in the midst of the seven lamp-stands—the golden: 2  I have known thy works, and thy labour, and thy endurance, and that thou art not able to bear evil ones, and that thou hast tried those saying themselves to be apostles and are not, and hast found them liars, 3  and thou didst bear, and hast endurance, and because of my name hast toiled, and hast not been weary. 4  'But I have against thee: That thy first love thou didst leave! 5  remember, then, whence thou hast fallen, and reform, and the first works do; and if not, I come to thee quickly, and will remove thy lamp-stand from its place—if thou mayest not reform; 6  but this thou hast, that thou dost hate the works of the Nicolaitans, that I also hate. 7  He who is having an ear—let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies: To him who is overcoming—I will give to him to eat of the tree of life that is in the midst of the paradise of God.

The Message to Smyrna

8  'And to the messenger of the assembly of the Smyrneans write: These things saith the First and the Last, who did become dead and did live; 9  I have known thy works, and tribulation, and poverty—yet thou art rich—and the evil-speaking of those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but 'are' a synagogue of the Adversary. 10  'Be not afraid of the things that thou art about to suffer; lo, the devil is about to cast of you to prison, that ye may be tried, and ye shall have tribulation ten days; become thou faithful unto death, and I will give to thee the crown of the life. 11  He who is having an ear—let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies: He who is overcoming may not be injured of the second death.

The Message to Pergamos

12  'And to the messenger of the assembly in Pergamos write: These things saith he who is having the sharp two-edged sword: 13  I have known thy works, and where thou dost dwell—where the throne of the Adversary 'is'—and thou dost hold fast my name, and thou didst not deny my faith, even in the days in which Antipas 'was' my faithful witness, who was put to death beside you, where the Adversary doth dwell. 14  'But I have against thee a few things: That thou hast there those holding the teaching of Balaam, who did teach Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-sacrifices, and to commit whoredom; 15  so hast thou, even thou, those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans—which thing I hate. 16  'Reform! and if not, I come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17  He who is having an ear—let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies: To him who is overcoming, I will give to him to eat from the hidden manna, and will give to him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, that no one knew except him who is receiving 'it'.

The Message to Thyatira

18  'And to the messenger of the assembly of Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who is having his eyes as a flame of fire, and his feet like to fine brass; 19  I have known thy works, and love, and ministration, and faith, and thy endurance, and thy works—and the last 'are' more than the first. 20  'But I have against thee a few things: That thou dost suffer the woman Jezebel, who is calling herself a prophetess, to teach, and to lead astray, my servants to commit whoredom, and idol-sacrifices to eat; 21  and I did give to her a time that she might reform from her whoredom, and she did not reform; 22  lo, I will cast her into a couch, and those committing adultery with her into great tribulation—if they may not repent of their works, 23  and her children I will kill in death, and know shall all the assemblies that I am he who is searching reins and hearts; and I will give to you—to each—according to your works. 24  'And to you I say, and to the rest who are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, and who did not know the depths of the Adversary, as they say; I will not put upon you other burden; 25  but that which ye have—hold ye, till I may come; 26  and he who is overcoming, and who is keeping unto the end my works, I will give to him authority over the nations, 27  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron—as the vessels of the potter they shall be broken—as I also have received from my Father; 28  and I will give to him the morning star. 29  He who is having an ear—let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies.

The Message to Sardis

3 1  And to the messenger of the assembly in Sardis write: These things saith he who is having the Seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars: I have known thy works, and that thou hast the name that thou dost live, and thou art dead; 2  become watching, and strengthen the rest of the things that are about to die, for I have not found thy works fulfilled before God. 3  'Remember, then, how thou hast received, and heard, and be keeping, and reform: if, then, thou mayest not watch, I will come upon thee as a thief, and thou mayest not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4  Thou hast a few names even in Sardis who did not defile their garments, and they shall walk with me in white, because they are worthy. 5  He who is overcoming—this one—shall be arrayed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the scroll of the life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before His messengers. 6  He who is having an ear—let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies.

The Message to Philadelphia

7  'And to the messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write: These things saith he who is holy, he who is true, he who is having the key of David, he who is opening and no one doth shut, and he shutteth and no one doth open! 8  I have known thy works; lo, I have set before thee a door—opened, and no one is able to shut it, because thou hast a little power, and didst keep my word, and didst not deny my name; 9  lo, I make of the synagogue of the Adversary those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but do lie; lo, I will make them that they may come and bow before thy feet, and may know that I loved thee. 10  'Because thou didst keep the word of my endurance, I also will keep thee from the hour of the trial that is about to come upon all the world, to try those dwelling upon the earth. 11  Lo, I come quickly, be holding fast that which thou hast, that no one may receive thy crown. 12  He who is overcoming—I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, and without he may not go any more, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, that doth come down out of the heaven from my God—also my new name. 13  He who is having an ear—let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies.

The Message to Laodicea

14  'And to the messenger of the assembly of the Laodiceans write: These things saith the Amen, the witness—the faithful and true—the chief of the creation of God; 15  I have known thy works, that neither cold art thou nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. 16  So—because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit thee out of my mouth; 17  because thou sayest—I am rich, and have grown rich, and have need of nothing, and hast not known that thou art the wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked, 18  I counsel thee to buy from me gold fired by fire, that thou mayest be rich, and white garments that thou mayest be arrayed, and the shame of thy nakedness may not be manifest, and with eye-salve anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. 19  'As many as I love, I do convict and chasten; be zealous, then, and reform; 20  lo, I have stood at the door, and I knock; if any one may hear my voice, and may open the door, I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21  He who is overcoming—I will give to him to sit with me in my throne, as I also did overcome and did sit down with my Father in His throne. 22  He who is having an ear—let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies.'

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