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Revelation 14:3-5 New English Translation (NET Bible)

and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No[a] one was able to learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

These are the ones who have not defiled themselves[b] with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from humanity as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, and no lie was found on their lips;[c] they[d] are blameless.


  1. Revelation 14:3 tn Grk “elders, and no one.” This is a continuation of the previous sentence in the Greek text, but because of the length and complexity of the sentence a new sentence was started here in the translation.
  2. Revelation 14:4 tn The aorist passive verb is rendered as a reflexive (“defiled themselves”) by BDAG 657 s.v. μολύνω 2.
  3. Revelation 14:5 tn Grk “in their mouth was not found a lie.”
  4. Revelation 14:5 tc Several mss (P47 א 1 1006 1611 2351 MK) have the conjunction “for” (γάρ, gar) here so that the phrase reads: “for they are blameless.” Other significant mss (A C P 1854 2053 al lat) lack the word. The shorter reading is to be preferred since the scribes were more likely to make the connection explicit through the addition of “for” than they would have been to omit the conjunction. As it is, the passage without the conjunction makes good sense and evokes a very somber tone.
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