22:7 (Look! I am coming soon!
Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 1
22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 2 and when I heard and saw them, 3 I threw myself down 4 to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 5 he said to me, “Do not do this! 6 I am a fellow servant 7 with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 8 the words of this book. Worship God!” 22:10 Then 9 he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 22:11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, 10 and the one who is morally filthy 11 must continue to be filthy. The 12 one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”
22:12 (Look! I am coming soon,
and my reward is with me to pay 13 each one according to what he has done!
22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the first and the last,
the beginning and the end!) 14
22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 15 to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 16 and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 17
22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star!” 18 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.
22:18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 19 in this book. 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 20 and in the holy city that are described in this book.
1 sn These lines are parenthetical, forming an aside to the narrative. The speaker here is the Lord Jesus Christ himself rather than the narrator.
2 tn Or “I am John, the one who heard and saw these things.”
3 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.
4 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.”
5 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present here.
7 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.
8 tn Grk “keep” (an idiom for obedience).
9 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the vision.
10 tn Grk “must do evil still.”
11 tn For this translation see L&N 88.258; the term refers to living in moral filth.
12 tn Grk “filthy, and the.” This is a continuation of the previous sentence in Greek, but because of the length and complexity of the construction a new sentence was started in the translation.
13 tn The Greek term may be translated either “pay” or “pay back” and has something of a double meaning here. However, because of the mention of “wages” (“reward,” another wordplay with two meanings) in the previous clause, the translation “pay” for ἀποδοῦναι (apodounai) was used here.
14 sn These lines are parenthetical, forming an aside to the narrative. The speaker here is the Lord Jesus Christ himself rather than the narrator.
15 tn Grk “so that there will be to them authority over the tree of life.”
16 tn On the term φάρμακοι (farmakoi) see L&N 53.101.
17 tn Or “lying,” “deceit.”
19 tn Grk “written.”
20 tc The Textus Receptus, on which the KJV rests, reads “the book” of life (ἀπὸ βίβλου, apo biblou) instead of “the tree” of life. When the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus translated the NT he had access to no Greek
21 tc Most