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Revelation 4-5New King James Version (NKJV)

The Throne Room of Heaven

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was[a] like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns[b] of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.[c] Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the[d] seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne there was[e] a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,[f]
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 “You are worthy, O Lord,[g]
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist[h] and were created.”

The Lamb Takes the Scroll

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read[i] the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose[j] its seven seals.”

And I looked, and behold,[k] in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Worthy Is the Lamb

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us[l] kings[m] and priests to our God;
And we[n] shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”[o]

14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four[p] elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.[q]

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 4:3 M-Text omits And He who sat there was (which makes the description in verse 3 modify the throne rather than God).
  2. Revelation 4:4 NU-Text and M-Text read robes, with crowns.
  3. Revelation 4:5 NU-Text and M-Text read voices, and thunderings.
  4. Revelation 4:5 M-Text omits the.
  5. Revelation 4:6 NU-Text and M-Text add something like.
  6. Revelation 4:8 M-Text has holy nine times.
  7. Revelation 4:11 NU-Text and M-Text read our Lord and God.
  8. Revelation 4:11 NU-Text and M-Text read existed.
  9. Revelation 5:4 NU-Text and M-Text omit and read.
  10. Revelation 5:5 NU-Text and M-Text omit to loose.
  11. Revelation 5:6 NU-Text and M-Text read I saw in the midst . . . a Lamb standing.
  12. Revelation 5:10 NU-Text and M-Text read them.
  13. Revelation 5:10 NU-Text reads a kingdom.
  14. Revelation 5:10 NU-Text and M-Text read they.
  15. Revelation 5:13 M-Text adds Amen.
  16. Revelation 5:14 NU-Text and M-Text omit twenty-four.
  17. Revelation 5:14 NU-Text and M-Text omit Him who lives forever and ever.
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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