Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
2 Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand[a] sealed, out of every tribe of the sons of Israel,Read full chapter
- 7.4 a hundred and forty-four thousand: A symbolic number, i.e., twelve (the sacred number) squared and multiplied by 1,000 to denote a multitude. It is the church, the spiritual Israel, that is meant.
New International Version
2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal(A) of the living God.(B) He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:(C) 3 “Do not harm(D) the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads(E) of the servants of our God.” 4 Then I heard the number(F) of those who were sealed: 144,000(G) from all the tribes of Israel.Read full chapter