Revelation 1:2
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English Standard Version
who bore witness 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.

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.

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Bare record (ἐμαρτύρησεν)

See on John 1:7. Rev., bear witness. The reference is to the present book and not to the Gospel. The aorist tense is the epistolary aorist. See on 1 John 2:13, and compare the introduction to Thucydides' "History:" "Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote (ξυνέγραψε) the history of the war," etc.; placing himself at the reader's stand point, who will regard the writing as occurring in the past.

Word of God

Not the personal Word, but the prophetic contents of this book. See Revelation 22:6.

Testimony (μαρτυρίαν)

For the phrase to witness a witness see John 4:32. For the peculiar emphasis on the idea of witness in John, see on John 1:7. The words and the ides are characteristic of Revelation as of the Gospel and Epistles.

And (τε)

Omit. The clause all things that he saw is in apposition with the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, marking these as seen by him. Rev. adds even.

All things that he saw (ὅσα εἶδεν)

Lit., as many things as he saw. In the Gospel John uses the word εἶδεν saw, only twice of his own eye-witness (John 1:40; John 20:8). In Revelation it is constantly used of the seeing of visions. Compare Revelation 1:19. For the verb as denoting the immediate intuition of the seer, see on John 2:24.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

bare.

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ...

Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God...

Revelation 12:11,17 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death...

John 1:32 And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it stayed on him.

John 12:17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bore record.

John 19:35 And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows that he said true, that you might believe.

John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifies of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

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 speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God.

1 John 5:7-11 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one...

3 John 1:12 Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yes, and we also bear record; and you know that our record is true.

and of all.

Revelation 1:19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

John 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and you receive not our witness.

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 have seen with our eyes, which we have looked on...

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:6
even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you--

Revelation 1:9
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Revelation 1:11
saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."

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

Revelation 12:17
Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

Revelation 20:4
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who 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 for a thousand years.

Revelation 22:21
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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