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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 5

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1I saw in the right hand of the One who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides, and sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ 3But there was no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth able to open the scroll to look inside it. 4And because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and look inside, I wept bitterly. 5One of the elders said to me: ‘Do not weep; the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the shoot growing from David's stock, has won the right to open the scroll and its seven seals.’

6Then I saw a Lamb with the marks of sacrifice on him, standing with the four living creatures between the throne and the elders a 5:6 standing … elders: or standing in the middle of the throne, inside the circle of living creatures and the circle of elders. . He had seven horns and seven eyes, the eyes which are the seven spirits of God sent to every part of the world. 7The Lamb came and received the scroll from the right hand of the One who sat on the throne. 8As he did so, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each of the elders had a harp; they held golden bowls full of incense, the prayers of God's people, 9and they were singing a new song:

‘You are worthy to receive the scroll and break its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you bought for God people of every tribe and language, nation and race. 10You have made them a royal house of priests for our God, and they shall reign on earth.’

11As I looked I heard, all round the throne and the living creatures and the elders, the voices of many angels, thousands on thousands, myriads on myriads. 12They proclaimed with loud voices:

‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth, wisdom and might, honour and glory and praise!’

13Then I heard all created things, in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and in the sea, crying:

‘Praise and honour, glory and might, to him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb for ever!’

14The four living creatures said, ‘Amen,’ and the elders prostrated themselves in worship.

Notes:

a 5:6 standing … elders: or standing in the middle of the throne, inside the circle of living creatures and the circle of elders.

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