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Revelation 5New Life Version (NLV)

The Book in Heaven

I saw a book in the right hand of the One Who sat on the a throne. It had writing on the inside and on the back side. It was locked with seven locks. I saw a powerful angel calling with a loud voice, “Who is able to open the book and to break its locks?” No one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look in it. Then I began to cry with loud cries. I cried because no one was good enough to open the book or to look in it.

One of the leaders said to me, “Stop crying. See! The Lion from the family group of Judah has power and has won. He can open the book and break its seven locks. He is of the family of David.”

I saw a Lamb standing in front of the twenty-four leaders. He was before the throne and in front of the four living beings. He looked as if He had been killed. He had seven horns and seven eyes. These are the seven Spirits of God. They have been sent out into all the world. The Lamb came and took the book from the right hand of the One Who sat on the throne. When the Lamb had taken the book, the four living beings and the twenty-four leaders got down before Him. Each one had a harp. They all had pots made of gold, full of special perfume, which are the prayers of the people who belong to God. They sang a new song, saying, “It is right for You to take the book and break its locks. It is because You were killed. Your blood has bought men for God from every family and from every language and from every kind of people and from every nation. 10 You have made them to be a holy nation of religious leaders to work for our God. They will be the leaders on the earth.”

11 I looked again. I heard the voices of many thousands of angels. They stood around the throne and around the four living beings and the leaders. 12 They said with a loud voice, “The Lamb Who was killed has the right to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and shining-greatness and thanks.”

13 Then I heard every living thing in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea and all that are in them. They were saying, “Thanks and honor and shining-greatness and all power are to the One Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb forever.” 14 The four living beings kept saying, “Let it be so!” And the twenty-four leaders fell down and worshiped.

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