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Blessed is the one reading[a], and the ones hearing the words of this prophecy and keeping the things having been written in it, for the time is near.

John, to the seven churches in Asia: Grace to you and peace from the One Who is and Who was and Who is coming, and from the seven Spirits[b] that are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ— the Faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth.

To the One loving us and having released[c] us from our sins by His blood—

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  1. Revelation 1:3 That is, publicly.
  2. Revelation 1:4 That is, the sevenfold fullness of the Holy Spirit; or, spirits, meaning angels.
  3. Revelation 1:5 Or, freed.