Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Revelation 1:5

Context
NET ©

and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 1  witness, 2  the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 3  from our sins at the cost of 4  his own blood

NIV ©

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,

NASB ©

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—

NLT ©

and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the commander of all the rulers of the world. All praise to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.

MSG ©

and from Jesus Christ--Loyal Witness, Firstborn from the dead, Ruler of all earthly kings. Glory and strength to Christ, who loves us, who blood-washed our sins from our lives,

BBE ©

And from Jesus Christ, the true witness, the first to come back from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who had love for us and has made us clean from our sins by his blood;

NRSV ©

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 freed us from our sins by his blood,

NKJV ©

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,


KJV
And
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from
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Jesus
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Christ
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[who is] the faithful
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witness
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[and] the first begotten
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of
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the dead
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and
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the prince
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of the kings
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of the earth
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Unto him that loved
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us
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and
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washed
<3068> (5660)
us
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from
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our
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sins
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in
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his own
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blood
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NASB ©
and from Jesus
<2424>
Christ
<5547>
, the faithful
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witness
<3144>
, the firstborn
<4416>
of the dead
<3498>
, and the ruler
<758>
of the kings
<935>
of the earth
<1093>
. To Him who loves
<25>
us and released
<3089>
us from our sins
<266>
by His blood
<129>
--
GREEK
kai
<2532>
CONJ
apo
<575>
PREP
ihsou
<2424>
N-GSM
cristou
<5547>
N-GSM
o
<3588>
T-NSM
martuv
<3144>
N-NSM
o
<3588>
T-NSM
pistov
<4103>
A-NSM
o
<3588>
T-NSM
prwtotokov
<4416>
A-NSM
twn
<3588>
T-GPM
nekrwn
<3498>
A-GPM
kai
<2532>
CONJ
o
<3588>
T-NSM
arcwn
<758>
N-NSM
twn
<3588>
T-GPM
basilewn
<935>
N-GPM
thv
<3588>
T-GSF
ghv
<1093>
N-GSF
tw
<3588>
T-DSM
agapwnti
<25> (5723)
V-PAP-DSM
hmav
<2248>
P-1AP
kai
<2532>
CONJ
lusanti
<3089> (5660)
V-AAP-DSM
hmav
<2248>
P-1AP
ek
<1537>
PREP
twn
<3588>
T-GPF
amartiwn
<266>
N-GPF
[hmwn]
<2257>
P-1GP
en
<1722>
PREP
tw
<3588>
T-DSN
aimati
<129>
N-DSN
autou
<846>
P-GSM
NET © [draft] ITL
and
<2532>
from
<575>
Jesus
<2424>
Christ
<5547>
– the faithful
<4103>
witness
<3144>
, the firstborn
<4416>
from among the dead
<3498>
, the ruler
<758>
over the kings
<935>
of the earth
<1093>
. To the one who loves
<25>
us
<2248>
and
<2532>
has set
<3089>
us
<2248>
free
<3089>
from
<1537>
our
<2257>
sins
<266>
at
<1722>
the cost of his
<846>
own blood
<129>
NET ©

and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 1  witness, 2  the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 3  from our sins at the cost of 4  his own blood

NET © Notes

tn Or “Jesus Christ – the faithful one, the witness…” Some take ὁ πιστός (Jo pistos) as a second substantive in relation to ὁ μάρτυς (Jo martus). In the present translation, however, ὁ πιστός was taken as an adjective in attributive position to ὁ μάρτυς. The idea of martyrdom and faithfulness are intimately connected. See BDAG 820 s.v. πιστός 1.a.α: “ὁ μάρτυς μου ὁ πιστός μου Rv 2:13 (μάρτυς 3); in this ‘book of martyrs’ Christ is ὁ μάρτυς ὁ πιστὸς (καὶ ὁ ἀληθινός) 1:5; 3:14; cp. 19:11 (the combination of ἀληθινός and πιστός in the last two passages is like 3 Macc 2:11). Cp. Rv 17:14.”

sn The Greek term translated witness can mean both “witness” and “martyr.”

tc The reading “set free” (λύσαντι, lusanti) has better ms support (Ì18 א A C 1611 2050 2329 2351 ÏA sy) than its rival, λούσαντι (lousanti, “washed”; found in P 1006 1841 1854 2053 2062 ÏK lat bo). Internally, it seems that the reading “washed” could have arisen in at least one of three ways: (1) as an error of hearing (both “released” and “washed” are pronounced similarly in Greek); (2) an error of sight (both “released” and “washed” look very similar – a difference of only one letter – which could have resulted in a simple error during the copying of a ms); (3) through scribal inability to appreciate that the Hebrew preposition ב can be used with a noun to indicate the price paid for something. Since the author of Revelation is influenced significantly by a Semitic form of Greek (e.g., 13:10), and since the Hebrew preposition “in” (ב) can indicate the price paid for something, and is often translated with the preposition “in” (ἐν, en) in the LXX, the author may have tried to communicate by the use of ἐν the idea of a price paid for something. That is, John was trying to say that Christ delivered us at the price of his own blood. This whole process, however, may have been lost on a later scribe, who being unfamiliar with Hebrew, found the expression “delivered in his blood” too difficult, and noticing the obvious similarities between λύσαντι and λούσαντι, assumed an error and then proceeded to change the text to “washed in his blood” – a thought more tolerable in his mind. Both readings, of course, are true to scripture; the current question is what the author wrote in this verse.

tn Or “and released us” (L&N 37.127).

tn The style here is somewhat Semitic, with the use of the ἐν (en) + the dative to mean “at the price of.” The addition of “own” in the English is stylistic and is an attempt to bring out the personal nature of the statement and the sacrificial aspect of Jesus’ death – a frequent refrain in the Apocalypse.



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