1:16 He held 1 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 2 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 1:17 When 3 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 4 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last,
1 tn Grk “and having.” In the Greek text this is a continuation of the previous sentence, but because contemporary English style employs much shorter sentences, a new sentence was started here in the translation by supplying the pronoun “he.”
2 tn This is a continuation of the previous sentence in the Greek text, but a new sentence was started here in the translation.
3 tn Grk “And when.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, καί (kai) has not been translated here.
4 tn Here the Greek conjunction καί (kai) has been translated as a contrastive (“but”) due to the contrast between the two clauses.