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Revelation 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse

Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come[a].” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

The Second Seal—War

When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come[b].” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

The Third Seal—Famine

When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come[c].” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A [d]quart of wheat for a [e]denarius, and three [f]quarts of barley for a [g]denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

The Fourth Seal—Death

When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come[h].” I looked, and behold, an [i]ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with [j]pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O [k]Lord, holy and true, [l]will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

The Sixth Seal—Terror

12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the [m]commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the [n]presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 6:1 One early ms reads and see
  2. Revelation 6:3 One early ms reads and see
  3. Revelation 6:5 One early ms reads and see
  4. Revelation 6:6 Gr choenix; i.e. a dry measure almost equal to a qt
  5. Revelation 6:6 The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages
  6. Revelation 6:6 Gr choenix; i.e. a dry measure almost equal to a qt
  7. Revelation 6:6 The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages
  8. Revelation 6:7 One early ms reads and see
  9. Revelation 6:8 Or sickly pale
  10. Revelation 6:8 Or death
  11. Revelation 6:10 Or Master
  12. Revelation 6:10 Lit do You not judge and avenge
  13. Revelation 6:15 I.e. chiliarchs, in command of one thousand troops
  14. Revelation 6:16 Lit face
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Revelation 6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The First Seal on the Scroll

Then I saw[a] the Lamb open one of the seven[b] seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”[c][d] I looked, and there was a white horse. The horseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a victor to conquer.[e]

The Second Seal

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”[f][g] Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered[h] to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him.

The Third Seal

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!”[i][j] And I looked, and there was a black horse. The horseman on it had a set of scales in his hand. Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”

The Fourth Seal

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”[k][l] And I looked, and there was a pale green[m] horse. The horseman on it was named Death, and Hades was following after him. Authority was given to them[n] over a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague, and by the wild animals of the earth.

The Fifth Seal

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the people[o] slaughtered because of God’s word and the testimony they had.[p] 10 They cried out with a loud voice: “Lord,[q] the One who is holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?” 11 So a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer until the number would be completed of their fellow slaves and their brothers, who were going to be killed just as they had been.

The Sixth Seal

12 Then I saw Him open[r] the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair; the entire moon[s] became like blood; 13 the stars[t] of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a high wind; 14 the sky separated like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island was moved from its place.

15 Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the military commanders, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of Their[u] wrath has come! And who is able to stand?”

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 6:1 Lit saw when
  2. Revelation 6:1 Other mss omit seven
  3. Revelation 6:1 Other mss add and see
  4. Revelation 6:1 Or Go!
  5. Revelation 6:2 Lit went out conquering and in order to conquer
  6. Revelation 6:3 Other mss add and see
  7. Revelation 6:3 Or Go!
  8. Revelation 6:4 Or was granted; lit was given
  9. Revelation 6:5 Other mss add and see
  10. Revelation 6:5 Or Go!
  11. Revelation 6:7 Other mss add and see
  12. Revelation 6:7 Or Go!
  13. Revelation 6:8 Or a greenish gray
  14. Revelation 6:8 Other mss read him
  15. Revelation 6:9 Lit souls
  16. Revelation 6:9 Other mss add about the Lamb
  17. Revelation 6:10 Or Master
  18. Revelation 6:12 Lit I saw when He opened
  19. Revelation 6:12 Or the full moon
  20. Revelation 6:13 Perhaps meteors
  21. Revelation 6:17 Other mss read His
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