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REVELATION 5:1-11

1. I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ``Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?" 3. And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5. and one of the elders said to me, ``Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals." 6. And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9. And they sang a new song, saying, ``Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10. ``You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth." 11. Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12. saying with a loud voice, ``Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." 13. And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, ``To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever." 14. And the four living creatures kept saying, ``Amen." And the elders fell down and worshiped.

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REVELATION 4:1-22

1. After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ``Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." 2. Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. 5. Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; 6. and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. 8. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, ``HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME." 9. And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10. the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11. ``Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."

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REVELATION 3:1-29

1. ``To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: `I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2. `Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3. `So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4. `But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5. `He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.' 7. ``And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: 8. `I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9. `Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie--I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. 10. `Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11. `I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12. `He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 13. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.' 14. ``To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: 15. `I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16. `So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17. `Because you say, ``I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18. I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19. `Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20. `Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21. `He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

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REVELATION 2:1-20

1. ``To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: 2. `I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3. and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary. 4. `But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5. `Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place--unless you repent. 6. `Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.' 8. ``And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: 9. `I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10. `Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.' 12. ``And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: 13. `I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14. `But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15. `So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16. `Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. 17. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.' 18. ``And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this: 19. `I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. 20. `But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21. `I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22. `Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 23. `And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24. `But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them--I place no other burden on you. 25. `Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26. `He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; 27. AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28. and I will give him the morning star. 29. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

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REVELATION 1:1-22

1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2. who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. 4. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5. and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood-- 6. and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father--to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7. BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. 8. ``I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, ``who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." 9. I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11. saying, ``Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea." 12. Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; 13. and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. 14. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. 17. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, ``Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18. and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. 19. ``Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. 20. ``As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

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TITUS 3:1-15

1. Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2. to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. 3. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5. He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6. whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7. so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. 9. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11. knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned. 12. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13. Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way so that nothing is lacking for them. 14. Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful. 15. All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

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TITUS 2:1-16

1. But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. 3. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4. so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5. to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. 6. Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; 7. in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8. sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. 9. Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10. not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect. 11. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12. instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13. looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14. who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. 15. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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TITUS 1:1-22

1. Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2. in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, 3. but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior, 4. To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 5. For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, 6. namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion. 7. For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, 8. but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 9. holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. 10. For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11. who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. 12. One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, ``Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 13. This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, 14. not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. 15. To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

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2 TIMOTHY 4:1-17

1. I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2. preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4. and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8. in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 9. Make every effort to come to me soon; 10. for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11. Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. 12. But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13. When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. 14. Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15. Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching. 16. At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. 17. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion's mouth. 18. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 19. Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20. Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus. 21. Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, also Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren. 22. The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

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