第 1 章
1. 耶穌基督的啟示、就是 神賜給他、叫他將必要快成的事指示他的眾僕人．他就差遣使者、曉諭他的僕人約翰．
The revelation of 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,
2. 約翰便將 神的道、和耶穌基督的見證、凡自己所看見的、都證明出來。
who testifies to everything he saw--that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Blessed is the one who reads 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.
4. 約翰寫信給亞西亞的七個教會．但願從那昔在今在以後永在的 神．和他寶座前的七靈．
John, 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 spirits before his throne,
and 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,
6. 又使我們成為國民、作他父 神的祭司．但願榮耀權能歸給他、直到永永遠遠。阿們。
and 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.
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
8. 主 神說、我是阿拉法、我是俄梅戛、〔阿拉法俄梅戛乃希臘字母首末二字〕是昔在今在以後永在的全能者。
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
9. 我約翰就是你們的弟兄、和你們在耶穌的患難、國度、忍耐裡一同有分．為 神的道、並為給耶穌作的見證、曾在那名叫拔摩的海島上。
I, 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.
On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When 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.
I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
"Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
The 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 angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.