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Revelation 22:8-9

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22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 1  and when I heard and saw them, 2  I threw myself down 3  to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 4  he said to me, “Do not do this! 5  I am a fellow servant 6  with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 7  the words of this book. Worship God!”

1 tn Or “I am John, the one who heard and saw these things.”

2 tn The pronoun “them” is not in the Greek text, but is implied. Direct objects were frequently omitted in Greek when clear from the context.

3 tn Grk “I fell down and worshiped at the feet.” BDAG 815 s.v. πίπτω 1.b.α.ב. has “fall down, throw oneself to the ground as a sign of devotion or humility, before high-ranking persons or divine beings.”

4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present here.

5 tn On the elliptical expression ὅρα μή ({ora mh) BDAG 720 s.v. ὁράω B.2 states: “Elliptically…ὅρα μή (sc. ποιήσῃς) watch out! don’t do that! Rv 19:10; 22:9.”

6 tn Grk “fellow slave.” Though σύνδουλος (sundoulos) is here translated “fellow servant,” the word does not bear the connotation of a free individual serving another. See the note on the word “servants” in 1:1.

7 tn Grk “keep” (an idiom for obedience).



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