若望默示錄 (繁體中文) – REVELATION

  • 若望默示錄 (繁體中文)
  • 若望默示錄

    第一章

    序言

  • 1:1

    耶穌基督的啟示,是天主賜給他,叫他把那些必須快要發生的事,指示給自己的僕人們;他

    遂打發天使,告訴自己的僕人若望;

    1:2

    若望便為天主的話和為耶穌基督作了見證,即對他所見到的一切作了證。

    1:3

    那誦讀和那些聽了這預言,而又遵行書中所記載的,是有福的!因為時期已臨近了。

    致七教會書

    致候辭

    1:4

    若望致書給亞細亞的七個教會:願恩寵與平安由那今在、昔在及將來永在者,由在他寶座前

    的七神,

    1:5

    並由那原為忠實的見證,死者中的首生者,和地上萬王的元首耶穌基督賜與你們。願光榮與

    權能歸於那愛我們,並以自己的血解救我們脫離我們的罪過,

    1:6

    使我們成為國度,成為侍奉他的天主和父的司祭的那位,直到萬世萬代。阿們。

    啟示的要義

    1:7

    看,他乘著雲彩降來,眾目都要瞻望他,連那些刺透了他的人,也要瞻望他,地上的各種族

    都要哀悼他。的確這樣。阿們。

    1:8

    「我是『阿耳法』和『敖默加』」,那今在、昔在及將來永在的全能者上主天主這樣說。

    人子的異像

    1:9

    我若望,你們的弟兄,並在耶穌內與你們共患難,同王權和同忍耐的,為天主的話,並為給

    耶穌作證,曾到了一座名叫帕特摩的海島上。

    1:10

    在一個主日上,我在神魂超拔中,聽見在我背後有一個大聲音,好似號角的聲音,

    1:11

    說:「將你所聽見的寫在書上,送到厄弗所、斯米納、培爾加摩、提雅提辣、撒爾德、非拉

    德非雅和勞狄刻雅七個教會。」

    1:12

    我就轉過身來,要看看那同我說話的聲音;我一轉身就看見了七盞金燈臺,

    1:13

    在燈臺當中有似人子的一位,身穿長衣,胸間佩有金帶。

    1:14

    他的頭和頭髮皓白,有如潔白的羊毛,又如同雪;他的眼睛有如火燄;

    1:15

    他的腳相似在烈 中燒煉的光銅;他的聲音有如大水的響聲;

    1:16

    他的右手持有七顆星;從他的口中發出一把雙刃的利劍;他的面容有如發光正烈的太陽。

    1:17

    我一看見他,就跌倒在他腳前,有如死人,他遂把右手按在我身上說:「不要害怕!我是元

    始,我是終末,

    1:18

    我是生活的;我曾死過,可是,看,我如今卻活著,一直到萬世萬代;我持有死亡和陰府的

    鑰匙,

    1:19

    所以你應把你看見的事,現今的,以及這些事以後要發生的事,都寫下來。

    1:20

    至於你看見在我右手中的七顆星,和七盞金燈臺的奧義,就是:七顆星是指七個教會的天

    使,七盞燈臺是指七個教會。」

  • 若望默示錄 (繁體中文)
  • 若望默示錄

    第一章

    序言

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 

13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

Chapter 1

1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.

Blessed is the one 2 who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.

3 John, to the seven churches in Asia: 4 grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us 5 from our sins by his blood,

who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever (and ever). Amen.

Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 6 says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

7 I, John, your brother, who share with you the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus, found myself on the island called Patmos 8 because I proclaimed God’s word and gave testimony to Jesus.

10 I was caught up in spirit on the Lord’s day 9 and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet,

11 which said, “Write on a scroll 10 what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

12 11 Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands

13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, 12 wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around his chest.

14 The hair of his head was as white as white wool or as snow, 13 and his eyes were like a fiery flame.

15 His feet were like polished brass refined in a furnace, 14 and his voice was like the sound of rushing water.

16 In his right hand he held seven stars. 15 A sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face shone like the sun at its brightest.

17 When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead. 16 He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last,

18 the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the netherworld. 17

19 Write down, therefore, what you have seen, and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards. 18

20 This is the secret meaning 19 of the seven stars you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

 

 

1 [1-3] This prologue describes the source, contents, and audience of the book and forms an inclusion with the epilogue ( Rev 22:6-21), with its similar themes and expressions.

2 [3] Blessed is the one: this is the first of seven beatitudes in this book; the others are in Rev 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14. This prophetic message: literally, “the words of the prophecy”; so Rev 22:7, 10, 18, 19 by inclusion. The appointed time: when Jesus will return in glory; cf Rev 1:7; 3:11; 22:7, 10, 12, 20.

3 [4-8] Although Revelation begins and ends ( Rev 22:21) with Christian epistolary formulae, there is nothing between Rev 4; 22 resembling a letter. The author here employs the standard word order for greetings in Greek letter writing: “N. to N., greetings . . .”; see the note on Romans 1:1.

4 [4] Seven churches in Asia: Asia refers to the Roman province of that name in western Asia Minor (modern Turkey); these representative churches are mentioned by name in Rev 1:11, and each is the recipient of a message ( Rev 2:1- 3:22). Seven is the biblical number suggesting fullness and completeness; thus the seer is writing for the whole church.

5 [5] Freed us: the majority of Greek manuscripts and several early versions read “washed us”; but “freed us” is supported by the best manuscripts and fits well with Old Testament imagery, e.g., Isaiah 40:2.

6 [8] The Alpha and the Omega: the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In Rev 22:13 the same words occur together with the expressions “the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End”; cf Rev 1:17; 2:8; 21:6; Isaiah 41:4; 44:6.

7 [9-20] In this first vision, the seer is commanded to write what he sees to the seven churches ( Rev 1:9-11). He sees Christ in glory, whom he depicts in stock apocalyptic imagery ( Rev 1:12-16), and hears him describe himself in terms meant to encourage Christians by emphasizing his victory over death ( Rev 1:17-20).

8 [9] Island called Patmos: one of the Sporades islands in the Aegean Sea, some fifty miles south of Ephesus, used by the Romans as a penal colony. Because I proclaimed God’s word: literally, “on account of God’s word.”

9 [10] The Lord’s day: Sunday. As loud as a trumpet: the imagery is derived from the theophany at Sinai ( Exodus 19:16, 19; cf Hebrews 12:19 and the trumpet in other eschatological settings in Isaiah 27:13; Joel 2:1; Matthew 24:31; 1 Cor 15:52; 1 Thes 4:16).

10 [11] Scroll: a papyrus roll.

11 [12-16] A symbolic description of Christ in glory. The metaphorical language is not to be understood literally; cf Introduction.

12 [13] Son of man: see the note on Mark 8:31. Ankle-length robe: Christ is priest; cf Exodus 28:4; 29:5; Wisdom 18:24; Zechariah 3:4. Gold sash: Christ is king; cf Exodus 28:4; 1 Macc 10:89; 11:58; Daniel 10:5.

13 [14] Hair . . . as white as white wool or as snow: Christ is eternal, clothed with the dignity that belonged to the “Ancient of Days”; cf Rev 1:18; Daniel 7:9. His eyes were like a fiery flame: Christ is portrayed as all-knowing; cf Rev 2:23; Psalm 7:10; Jeremiah 17:10; and similar expressions in Rev 2:18; 19:12; cf Daniel 10:6.

14 [15] His feet . . . furnace: Christ is depicted as unchangeable; cf Ezekiel 1:27; Daniel 10:6. The Greek word translated “refined” is unconnected grammatically with any other word in the sentence. His voice . . . water: Christ speaks with divine authority; cf Ezekiel 1:24.

15 [16] Seven stars: in the pagan world, Mithras and the Caesars were represented with seven stars in their right hand, symbolizing their universal dominion. A sharp two-edged sword: this refers to the word of God (cf Eph 6:17; Hebrews 4:12) that will destroy unrepentant sinners; cf Rev 2:16; 19:15; Wisdom 18:15; Isaiah 11:4; 49:2. His face . . . brightest: this symbolizes the divine majesty of Christ; cf Rev 10:1; 21:23; Judges 5:31; Isaiah 60:19; Matthew 17:2.

16 [17] It was an Old Testament belief that for sinful human beings to see God was to die; cf Exodus 19:21; 33:20; Judges 6:22-23; Isaiah 6:5.

17 [18] Netherworld: Greek Hades, Hebrew Sheol, the abode of the dead; cf Rev 20:13-14; Numbers 16:33.

18 [19] What you have seen, and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards: the three parts of the Book of Revelation, the vision ( Rev 1:10-20), the situation in the seven churches (Rev 2-3), and the events of Rev 6-22.

19 [20] Secret meaning: literally, “mystery.” Angels: these are the presiding spirits of the seven churches. Angels were thought to be in charge of the physical world (cf Rev 7:1; 14:18; 16:5) and of nations ( Daniel 10:13; 12:1), communities (the seven churches), and individuals ( Matthew 18:10; Acts 12:15). Some have seen in the “angel” of each of the seven churches its pastor or a personification of the spirit of the congregation.

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