Revelation 1:2
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New International Version
who testifies to everything he saw--that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

New Living Translation
who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

English Standard Version
who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

New American Standard Bible
who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

King James Bible
Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who testified to God's word and to the testimony about Jesus Christ, in all he saw.

International Standard Version
who testified about this message from God and the testimony about Jesus the Messiah.

NET Bible
who then testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about Jesus Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who witnessed the word of God and the testimony of Yeshua The Messiah - everything whatever he saw.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John testified about what he saw: God's word and the testimony about Jesus Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who bore witness of the word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

King James 2000 Bible
Who bore witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

American King James Version
Who bore record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

American Standard Version
who bare witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, even of all things that he saw.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen.

Darby Bible Translation
who testified the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, all things that he saw.

English Revised Version
who bare witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, even of all things that he saw.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who bore testimony of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Weymouth New Testament
This is the John who taught the truth concerning the Word of God and the truth told us by Jesus Christ-- a faithful account of what he had seen.

World English Bible
who testified to God's word, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, about everything that he saw.

Young's Literal Translation
who did testify the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, as many things also as he did see.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-3 This book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ; the whole Bible is so; for all revelation comes through Christ, and all relates to him. Its principal subject is to discover the purposes of God concerning the affairs of the church, and of the nations as connected therewith, to the end of the world. These events would surely come to pass; and they would begin to come to pass very shortly. Though Christ is himself God, and has light and life in himself, yet, as Mediator between God and man, he receives instructions from the Father. To him we owe the knowledge of what we are to expect from God, and what he expects from us. The subject of this revelation was, the things that must shortly come to pass. On all who read or hear the words of the prophecy, a blessing is pronounced. Those are well employed who search the Bible. It is not enough that we read and hear, but we must keep the things that are written, in our memories, in our minds, in our affections, and in practice, and we shall be blessed in the deed. Even the mysteries and difficulties of this book are united with discoveries of God, suited to impress the mind with awe, and to purify the soul of the reader, though he may not discern the prophetic meaning. No part of Scripture more fully states the gospel, and warns against the evil of sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Who bare record. "To bear witness" (μαρτυρεῖν) and "witness," or "testimony" (μαρτυρία), are characteristic of St. John's writings, and serve to connect together his Gospel, the First Epistle, and the Apocalypse. Such words should be carefully noted, and, so far as possible, uniformly translated, in order to mark their frequency in the English Version. The Authorized Version rings the changes on "bear witness," "bear record," "give record," and "testify," for μαρτυρεῖν; and on "witness," "record," and "testimony," for μαρτυρία. The Revised Version has here made great improvements. To bear witness to the truth and the Word of God was St. John's special function throughout his long life, and to this fact he calls attention in all his chief writings (see Haupt on 1 John 5:6). The testimony of Jesus Christ, like "the Revelation of Jesus Christ" (ver. 1), means that which he gave, not that which tells about him. And of all things that he saw; better, as in the Revised Version, even of all things that he saw, taking δσα εἵδεν in apposition with what precedes. The seer is here speaking of the visions of the Apocalypse, not of the events in Christ's life. The aorists, ἐμαρτύρησεν and εἵδεν, are rightly compared to the συνέγραψε of Thucydides (1:1; 6:7, 93).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who bore record of the word of God,.... Of the essential and eternal Word of God, his only begotten Son; as John the apostle did in his Gospel, and in his epistles, and also in this book; and which is a clear evidence of his being the writer of it,

And of the testimony of Jesus Christ; that is, the Gospel, which testifies of the person of Christ, of the truth of his divinity, and reality of his human nature; of the union of the two natures, divine and human, his person: of his several offices, of prophet, priest and King; of what he did and suffered for his people; and of the blessings of grace which they receive by him:

and of all things that he saw; with his bodily eyes, as the human body of Christ, the miracles he wrought in it, the transfiguration of it on the mount, the crucifixion of it, and the piercing of it with a spear, and the resurrection of it from the dead; and also the visions recorded in this book; and such a faithful witness serves greatly to confirm the authority of this book, and to recommend the perusal of it. The Complutensian edition and the Arabic version read, "which are, and which shall", or "must be hereafter", as in Revelation 1:19.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. bare record of—"testified the word of God" in this book. Where we would say "testifies," the ancients in epistolary communications use the past tense. The word of God constitutes his testimony; Re 1:3, "the words of this prophecy."

the testimony of Jesus—"the Spirit of prophecy" (Re 19:10).

and of all things that, &c.—The oldest manuscripts omit "and." Translate, "whatsoever things he saw," in apposition with "the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ."

Revelation 1:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prologue
1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:6
God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.

Revelation 1:9
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Revelation 1:11
which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."

Revelation 6:9
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.

Revelation 12:17
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring--those who keep God's commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

Revelation 20:4
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 22:21
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen.
Treasury of Scripture

Who bore record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

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Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and …

Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the …

Revelation 12:11,17 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

John 1:32 And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven …

John 12:17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out …

John 19:35 And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows …

John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifies of these things, and wrote these …

1 Corinthians 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not with excellency of …

1 John 5:7-11 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, …

3 John 1:12 Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yes, …

and of all.

Revelation 1:19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and …

John 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify …

Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Acts 22:15 For you shall be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.

Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand on your feet: for I have appeared to you for this purpose…

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be …

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