The Bible is full of commandments to forgive others, but it also provides guidance in how to do so. It tells us that we should forgive others not because they deserve it or because they will be punished if we don’t, but because God has forgiven us of our sins.
The Bible also tells us that we should pray for those who have wronged us and make sure to avoid harboring bitterness in our hearts. In Colossians 3:13–15, Paul writes: “And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving each other, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
In the book of Matthew, Jesus says: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15)
What Does The Bible Say About Forgiving Others
The Bible is crystal clear on the subject of forgiving others. But why is it so important, and how do I get the strength to forgive them?
Ephesians 4:31-32Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Forgiving others can be really difficult
Forgiving others is important, but sometimes it can be really difficult to do. Why should I forgive, and how can I do it?
“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’” Matthew 18:21-22.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15.
Forgiving others who have wronged you, whether for a relatively small thing, or for a seriously damaging act against you, can sometimes seem like an insurmountably difficult thing to do. In some cases it’s a process that really takes time. Yet, the Bible is crystal clear on the necessity of it. And there are no caveats such as “unless,” “if,” or “but.” As in all things, we need to look to our Forerunner, Captain, and Master as our example.
“Father forgive them”
Christ suffered unrighteousness—even cruel unrighteousness. No one could have suffered more unrighteously than Christ. And some of the last words He ever uttered were: “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” Is it easy? No. Is it impossible? “All things are possible to him who believes,” said Jesus. (Mark 9:23) All things.
And when you don’t have the power, when you know that it is not in you to forgive, then you have to find it in Christ. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13. Does forgiving negate the pain you have suffered? Does it reverse the things that have happened to you? Does it mean the person who wronged you doesn’t have to take responsibility for his/her actions? No, but you will be free from the thoughts of hatred and bitterness and the burden they are. Forgiveness is not only done for the sake of the one you are forgiving, but for your own sake, so that you don’t have to live with the burden.
“But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.” Malachi 4:2.
The fact that you forgive someone does not condone what they have done, nor does it by any means make it all right. Trust is not implicit in forgiveness, nor is forgetting obligatory. “Forgive and forget” is not a Biblical quote. It is one thing to be wary and aware, and another thing to hate and resent.
God is Righteous
Ideally the one who has harmed you would repent and atone for what they’ve done as well. But make sure your healing is independent of that. You should forgive regardless of their attitude. Their sins are between them and God. It is right for someone to face up to the consequences of their actions according to earthly authority and law, and they will also someday stand before God’s face and have to give account for their actions, and God is righteous above all else. But judgment and vengeance belong to God.
To the Christian on pilgrimage throughout the world, the Bible is the perfect map and chart.
You may safely and confidently navigate all the mazes of this world with God’s Word in your hands and mind. The true and narrow path is so boldly outlined that even a runner can read it. A traveler, even a fool, can safely navigate it (Isaiah 35:8) because it is clearly marked with God’s laws, even though the rest of the world can’t see them. The Spirit of Truth, who is unseen, guides us and reassures us when we are unsure of what to do, saying “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21). As a result, you can continue on your journey to the city of God with peace of mind as you rely on the Bible as “a lamp to your feet, and a light unto your path” (Psalm 119:105), a route that no one knows save He who leads you.
The path brightens as you travel over mountains and through valleys, eventually leading to the ideal day. That’s what the wise say (Proverbs 4:18). If we pay attention and steer our rickety schooner by God’s Word, we will reach the promised land of eternal peace and rest without hitting any snags along the way. But if we are not careful and arrogant and rely on our own conceits, we will sink our faith. A young lieutenant in the English navy recently reported a previously unknown and potentially hazardous rock in the Mediterranean to the admiralty. The directive to include it on all charts was sent via telegraph to every station.
The first vessel to pass over the spot was captained by an elderly man who, upon seeing the fresh warning on his map, was curious as to who had first reported the rock. When told this, he said, “There is no such rock there.” Twenty years of sailing this sea has left me without evidence of such a rock. Then, full of self-importance, he ordered his sailing-master to take the ship straight over the target. The brave ship sailed straight through the perilous area. The ship crashed with terrible force, taking the lives of everyone aboard. Many a Christian has gone down in flames due to arrogance or ignoring his infallible compass. We pray that the Holy Spirit would prompt us to carefully examine the course laid out for us by God.
It is important to note that forgiveness is not a feeling, it is a choice. Choosing forgiveness will mean that you have to go to God on your knees for the power to forgive. It’s choosing not to let thoughts of hatred rule in your heart. It’s choosing to go to God to find help and comfort instead of dwelling on the past, even when our feelings would rather do anything but. The power we need for this we get from the Holy Spirit. Jesus, “when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 1 Peter 2:23.
Draw near to God, and in His love you’ll find everything you need.
What Does The Bible Say About Forgiveness
Colossians 3:13 ESV / 1,196 helpful votes
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Mark 11:25 ESV / 1,086 helpful votes
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 1,083 helpful votes
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Matthew 18:21-22 ESV / 1,019 helpful votes
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 6:14 ESV / 970 helpful votes
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 940 helpful votes
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 936 helpful votes
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
1 John 1:9 ESV / 923 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Luke 6:37 ESV / 887 helpful votes
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Luke 23:34 ESV / 752 helpful votes
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Ephesians 1:7 ESV / 623 helpful votes
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Isaiah 1:18 ESV / 623 helpful votes
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 615 helpful votes
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
James 5:16 ESV / 609 helpful votes
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Colossians 1:13-14 ESV / 598 helpful votes
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 6:12 ESV / 596 helpful votes
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Matthew 18:21-35 ESV / 576 helpful votes
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. …
Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 549 helpful votes
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Acts 3:19 ESV / 544 helpful votes
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Daniel 9:9 ESV / 543 helpful votes
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him
Isaiah 55:7 ESV / 537 helpful votes
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Matthew 6:15 ESV / 527 helpful votes
But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 518 helpful votes
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Micah 7:18-19 ESV / 515 helpful votes
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Acts 2:38 ESV / 510 helpful votes
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 10:17 ESV / 508 helpful votes
Then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 505 helpful votes
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Psalm 103:12 ESV / 495 helpful votes
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 488 helpful votes
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 473 helpful votes
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Isaiah 43:25 ESV / 467 helpful votes
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 465 helpful votes
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Psalm 32:5 ESV / 464 helpful votes
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Matthew 26:28 ESV / 462 helpful votes
For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Jeremiah 31:34 ESV / 461 helpful votes
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Micah 7:18 ESV / 426 helpful votes
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 424 helpful votes
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
The Power of Forgiveness In The Bible
Psalm 86:5 ESV / 423 helpful votes
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Luke 17:3 ESV / 372 helpful votes
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
Hebrews 8:12 ESV / 369 helpful votes
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Acts 17:30 ESV / 364 helpful votes
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
Matthew 6:9-15 ESV / 350 helpful votes
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. …
Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 347 helpful votes
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Isaiah 43:25-26 ESV / 340 helpful votes
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
James 5:14-15 ESV / 333 helpful votes
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Matthew 5:44 ESV / 333 helpful votes
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
1 John 2:2 ESV / 332 helpful votes
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 328 helpful votes
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. …
Colossians 1:14 ESV / 324 helpful votes
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Philippians 4:8 ESV / 323 helpful votes
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Matthew 18:21 ESV / 312 helpful votes
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
Matthew 18:15-20 ESV / 310 helpful votes
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. …
Matthew 5:7 ESV / 310 helpful votes
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
John 8:7 ESV / 305 helpful votes
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 293 helpful votes
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Matthew 18:35 ESV / 285 helpful votes
So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Luke 6:27 ESV / 283 helpful votes
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
Acts 7:59-60 ESV / 280 helpful votes
And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Proverbs 15:18 ESV / 280 helpful votes
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 273 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Matthew 6:12-15 ESV / 273 helpful votes
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 269 helpful votes
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Luke 23:33-34 ESV / 269 helpful votes
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Colossians 3:2 ESV / 262 helpful votes
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
1 John 2:12 ESV / 261 helpful votes
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
Luke 17:4 ESV / 261 helpful votes
And if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Joel 2:13 ESV / 260 helpful votes
And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
Romans 12:20 ESV / 257 helpful votes
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Acts 13:38-39 ESV / 255 helpful votes
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
Jeremiah 3:12 ESV / 255 helpful votes
Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, “‘Return, faithless Israel, declares the Lord. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the Lord; I will not be angry forever.
Bible Verses About Forgiving Others Who Hurt You
2 Chronicles 30:9 ESV / 254 helpful votes
For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.”
Romans 3:23 ESV / 244 helpful votes
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Psalm 130:4 ESV / 242 helpful votes
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
Matthew 18:2 ESV / 239 helpful votes
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them
Mark 4:1-41 ESV / 231 helpful votes
Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. …
Matthew 6:2 ESV / 230 helpful votes
“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Numbers 14:19-21 ESV / 227 helpful votes
Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.” Then the Lord said, “I have pardoned, according to your word. But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,
Revelation 1:1 ESV / 211 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
Romans 8:1 ESV / 210 helpful votes
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 12:19 ESV / 203 helpful votes
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Romans 6:23 ESV / 202 helpful votes
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Colossians 3:12-13 ESV / 201 helpful votes
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
2 Corinthians 2:10 ESV / 197 helpful votes
Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ,
2 Corinthians 2:5-11 ESV / 192 helpful votes
Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. …
2 Corinthians 2:5-8 ESV / 190 helpful votes
Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him.
Matthew 7:1-29 ESV / 190 helpful votes
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. …
Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV / 184 helpful votes
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
Ephesians 4:3 ESV / 184 helpful votes
Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
1 Peter 2:23 ESV / 183 helpful votes
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
Galatians 6:1 ESV / 183 helpful votes
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Colossians 2:13 ESV / 178 helpful votes
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 159 helpful votes
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
1 Peter 3:7 ESV / 158 helpful votes
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 155 helpful votes
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 151 helpful votes
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Matthew 18:23-35 ESV / 150 helpful votes
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. …
Psalm 130:3-4 ESV / 149 helpful votes
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 146 helpful votes
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Colossians 3:12 ESV / 143 helpful votes
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 141 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …