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16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword.[a] And his face was shining like the brightness of the blinding sun![b]

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 1:16 The sword from his mouth is a metaphor for the Word of God (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12). The message of Revelation comes as a sword from the mouth of Jesus. The Aramaic can be translated “a fervent spirit came from his mouth.”
  2. Revelation 1:16 See Ps. 84:11; Matt. 17:1-2; John 8:12.