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So I broke down weeping with intense sorrow, because there was found no one worthy to break open the scroll and read its contents.[a]

Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping. Look! The mighty Lion of Judah’s tribe,[b] the root of David—he has conquered! He is the worthy one who can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a young Lamb[c] standing in the middle of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders. He appeared to have been slaughtered but was now alive![d] He had seven horns[e] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out to the ends of the earth.

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  1. Revelation 5:4 Or “look into it.” Some see this scroll as the title deed of the universe that contains the right of ownership and the timing and plans of fulfilling the eternal destiny of all creation.
  2. Revelation 5:5 See Gen. 49:10.
  3. Revelation 5:6 Jesus is both a fierce Lion and a gentle Lamb. The Lamb holds the scroll.
  4. Revelation 5:6 This is our Lord Jesus Christ with the marks of sacrifice still upon him.
  5. Revelation 5:6 Horns are a picture of power and authority (Ps. 89:17; Dan. 7:8), while seven is the number of perfection. Perfect authority now belongs to the Lamb who was slain.