Revelation 4-8 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Heavenly Worship

4 1  After these things I saw, and lo, a door opened in the heaven, and the first voice that I heard 'is' as of a trumpet speaking with me, saying, 'Come up hither, and I will shew thee what it behoveth to come to pass after these things;' 2  and immediately I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne was set in the heaven, and upon the throne is 'one' sitting, 3  and He who is sitting was in sight like a stone, jasper and sardine: and a rainbow was round the throne in sight like an emerald. 4  And around the throne 'are' thrones twenty and four, and upon the thrones I saw the twenty and four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and they had upon their heads crowns of gold; 5  and out of the throne proceed do lightnings, and thunders, and voices; and seven lamps of fire are burning before the throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God, 6  and before the throne 'is' a sea of glass like to crystal, and in the midst of the throne, and round the throne, 'are' four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind; 7  and the first living creature 'is' like a lion, and the second living creature 'is' like a calf, and the third living creature hath the face as a man, and the fourth living creature 'is' like an eagle flying.

8  And the four living creatures, each by itself severally, had six wings, around and within 'are' full of eyes, and rest they have not day and night, saying, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is coming;' 9  and when the living creatures do give glory, and honour, and thanks, to Him who is sitting upon the throne, who is living to the ages of the ages, 10  fall down do the twenty and four elders before Him who is sitting upon the throne, and bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11  'Worthy art Thou, O Lord, to receive the glory, and the honour, and the power, because Thou—Thou didst create the all things, and because of Thy will are they, and they were created.'

The Unopened Book and the Lamb

5 1  And I saw upon the right hand of Him who is sitting upon the throne a scroll, written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2  and I saw a strong messenger crying with a great voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose the seals of it?' 3  and no one was able in the heaven, nor upon the earth, nor under the earth, to open the scroll, nor to behold it. 4  And I was weeping much, because no one was found worthy to open and to read the scroll, nor to behold it, 5  and one of the elders saith to me, 'Weep not; lo, overcome did the Lion, who is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, to open the scroll, and to loose the seven seals of it;

6  and I saw, and lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb hath stood as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God, which are sent to all the earth, 7  and he came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who is sitting upon the throne. 8  And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, having each one harps and golden vials full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints, 9  and they sing a new song, saying, 'Worthy art thou to take the scroll, and to open the seals of it, because thou wast slain, and didst redeem us to God in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation, 10  and didst make us to our God kings and priests, and we shall reign upon the earth.' 11  And I saw, and I heard the voice of many messengers round the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders—and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands— 12  saying with a great voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing!' 13  and every creature that is in the heaven, and in the earth, and under the earth, and the things that are upon the sea, and the all things in them, heard I saying, 'To Him who is sitting upon the throne, and to the Lamb, 'is' the blessing, and the honour, and the glory, and the might—to the ages of the ages!' 14  and the four living creatures said, 'Amen!' and the twenty-four elders fell down and they bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages.

The Seals

6 1  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as it were a voice of thunder, 'Come and behold!' 2  and I saw, and lo, a white horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a bow, and there was given to him a crown, and he went forth overcoming, and that he may overcome.

3  And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' 4  and there went forth another horse—red, and to him who is sitting upon it, there was given to him to take the peace from the land, and that one another they may slay, and there was given to him a great sword. 5  And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' and I saw, and lo, a black horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a balance in his hand, 6  and I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, 'A measure of wheat for a denary, and three measures of barley for a denary,' and 'The oil and the wine thou mayest not injure.' 7  And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' 8  and I saw, and lo, a pale horse, and he who is sitting upon him—his name is Death, and Hades doth follow with him, and there was given to them authority to kill, (over the fourth part of the land,) with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and by the beasts of the land.

9  And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony that they held, 10  and they were crying with a great voice, saying, 'Till when, O Master, the Holy and the True, dost Thou not judge and take vengeance of our blood from those dwelling upon the land?' 11  and there was given to each one white robes, and it was said to them that they may rest themselves yet a little time, till may be fulfilled also their fellow-servants and their brethren, who are about to be killed—even as they. 12  And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and lo, a great earthquake came, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood, 13  and the stars of the heaven fell to the earth—as a fig-tree doth cast her winter figs, by a great wind being shaken— 14  and heaven departed as a scroll rolled up, and every mountain and island—out of their places they were moved; 15  and the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich, and the chiefs of thousands, and the mighty, and every servant, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains, 16  and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, 'Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him who is sitting upon the throne, and from the anger of the Lamb,' 17  because come did the great day of His anger, and who is able to stand?

The 144,000 Sealed

7 1  And after these things I saw four messengers, standing upon the four corners of the land, holding the four winds of the land, that the wind may not blow upon the land, nor upon the sea, nor upon any tree; 2  and I saw another messenger going up from the rising of the sun, having a seal of the living God, and he did cry with a great voice to the four messengers, to whom it was given to injure the land and the sea, saying, 3  'Do not injure the land, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we may seal the servants of our God upon their foreheads.' 4  And I heard the number of those sealed, (144 thousands were sealed out of all the tribes of the sons of Israel): 5  of the tribe of Judah 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad 12 thousand were sealed; 6  of the tribe of Asher 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh 12 thousand were sealed; 7  of the tribe of Simeon 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar 12 thousand were sealed; 8  of the tribe of Zebulun 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin 12 thousand were sealed.

The White-robed Multitude

9  After these things I saw, and lo, a great multitude, which to number no one was able, out of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands, 10  and crying with a great voice, saying, 'The salvation 'is' to Him who is sitting upon the throne—to our God, and to the Lamb!' 11  And all the messengers stood around the throne, and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell upon their face, and bowed before God, 12  saying, 'Amen! the blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the honour, and the power, and the strength, 'are' to our God—to the ages of the ages! Amen!'

13  And answer did one of the elders, saying to me, 'These, who have been arrayed with the white robes—who are they, and whence came they?' 14  and I have said to him, 'Sir, thou hast known;' and he said to me, 'These are those who are coming out of the great tribulation, and they did wash their robes, and they made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb; 15  because of this are they before the throne of God, and they do service to Him day and night in His sanctuary, and He who is sitting upon the throne shall tabernacle over them; 16  they shall not hunger any more, nor may the sun fall upon them, nor any heat, 17  because the Lamb that 'is' in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and wipe away shall God every tear from their eyes.'

The Seventh Seal

8 1  And when he openeth the seventh seal, there came silence in the heaven about half-an-hour, 2  and I saw the seven messengers who before God have stood, and there were given to them seven trumpets, 3  and another messenger did come, and he stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given to him much perfume, that he may give 'it' to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar that 'is' before the throne, 4  and go up did the smoke of the perfumes to the prayers of the saints out of the hand of the messenger, before God; 5  and the messenger took the censer, and did fill it out of the fire of the altar, and did cast 'it' to the earth, and there came voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

The Trumpets

6  And the seven messengers who are having the seven trumpets did prepare themselves that they may sound;

7  and the first messenger did sound, and there came hail and fire, mingled with blood, and it was cast to the land, and the third of the trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up. 8  And the second messenger did sound, and as it were a great mountain with fire burning was cast into the sea, and the third of the sea became blood, 9  and die did the third of the creatures that 'are' in the sea, those having life, and the third of the ships were destroyed. 10  And the third messenger did sound, and there fell out of the heaven a great star, burning as a lamp, and it did fall upon the third of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters, 11  and the name of the star is called Wormwood, and the third of the waters doth become wormwood, and many of the men did die of the waters, because they were made bitter. 12  And the fourth messenger did sound, and smitten was the third of the sun, and the third of the moon, and the third of the stars, that darkened may be the third of them, and that the day may not shine—the third of it, and the night in like manner. 13  And I saw, and I heard one messenger, flying in the mid-heaven, saying with a great voice, 'Wo, wo, wo, to those dwelling upon the land from the rest of the voices of the trumpet of the three messengers who are about to sound.'

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