Bible: Rev 5:1-14

The Opening of the Scroll

5:1 Then 1  I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back 2  and sealed with seven seals. 3  5:2 And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals? 5:3 But 4  no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 5:4 So 5  I began weeping bitterly 6  because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5:5 Then 7  one of the elders said 8  to me, “Stop weeping! 9  Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; 10  thus he can open 11  the scroll and its seven seals.”

5:6 Then 12  I saw standing in the middle of the throne 13  and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. 14  He had 15  seven horns and seven eyes, which 16  are the seven 17  spirits of God 18  sent out into all the earth. 5:7 Then 19  he came and took the scroll 20  from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne, 5:8 and when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground 21  before the Lamb. Each 22  of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 23  5:9 They were singing a new song: 24 

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals

because you were killed, 25 

and at the cost of your own blood 26  you have purchased 27  for God

persons 28  from every tribe, language, 29  people, and nation.

5:10 You have appointed 30  them 31  as a kingdom and priests 32  to serve 33  our God, and they will reign 34  on the earth.”

5:11 Then 35  I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their 36  number was ten thousand times ten thousand 37  – thousands times thousands – 5:12 all of whom 38  were singing 39  in a loud voice:

“Worthy is the lamb who was killed 40 

to receive power and wealth

and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and praise!

5:13 Then 41  I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: 42 

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power 43  forever and ever!

5:14 And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground 44  and worshiped.

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