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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Revelation 5

Verse 1

saw. App-133 .

in = upon. Greek. epi . App-101 .

sat. See Revelation 4:2 .

book. See Revelation 1:11 .

backside = back. Like a papyrus sheet.

sealed = having been sealed up. Greek. katasphragizo, intensive of sphragizo, to affix a seal. Only here. Occ Job 9:7 ; Job 37:7 (Septuagint)

seven. See App-10 and App-197 .

Verse 2

strong = mighty. Greek. ischuros. Compare App-172 .

proclaiming. App-121 .

loud = great.

worthy. See App-197 .

loose. See Revelation 5:5 ; Revelation 9:14 , Revelation 9:15 ; Revelation 20:3 , Revelation 20:7 .

Verse 3

no man = no one. Greek. oudeis.

heaven = the heaven. See Revelation 3:12 .

nor, neither. Greek. oude.

earth. App-129 .

under. Greek. hupokato. Occurs nine times (four in Rev.)

neither. Greek. oute.

look. App-133 .:5.

Verse 4

wept = was weeping.

and to read. Texts omit.

Verse 5

elders. See Revelation 4:4 .

unto = to.

behold. App-133 .:2.

Lion. See Genesis 49:8-10 .

of = which is of ( App-104 .)

tribe. Greek. phule . Same as "kindred", Revelation 5:9 .

hath. Omit.

prevailed. i.e. at Calvary. Same word as "overcome" in Rev 2 and Revelation 3:0 .

to loose. The texts omit.

Verse 6

beheld. Same word as "saw", verses: Revelation 1:2 .

and lo. Omit.

beasts. The zoa of Revelation 4:6 .

stood . . . Lamb = a Lamb standing.

Lamb = little Lamb. Greek. arnion. See John 21:15 and App-197 .

it had = having.

horns. A symbol indicating His power. Compare 2 Samuel 22:3 ; &c.

Spirits. See Revelation 1:4 .

God. App-98 .

sent forth. App-174 .

Verse 7

took = hath taken.

the book. The texts read "it".

out of. App-104 .

upon. App-104 .

Verse 8

had taken = took.

every . . . them = each one.

harps. The texts read "a harp". Greek. kithara.

vials = bowls. Greek. phiale. Word characteristic of Rev. Occurs twelve times ( App-10 ).

odours = incense. Greek. thumiama.

are. i.e. symbolize.

prayers. App-134 .

saints = the saints. Greek. hagios. See Acts 9:13 .

Verse 9

new song. See Revelation 14:3 .

new. See Matthew 9:17 .

hast redeemed = didst purchase.

redeemed. Greek. agorazo. Always "buy", except here and Revelation 14:3 , Revelation 14:4 (redeem).

us. Most texts omit "us", and find object in Revelation 5:10 , "them".

by. Greek. en . App-104 .

kindred = tribe, Revelation 5:5 .

Verse 10

hast made = madest.

us. See Revelation 5:9 .

unto = to, or for.

kings = a kingdom, with all the texts.

priests. i.e. a priestly kingdom. See Revelation 1:6 and Hebrews 12:28 .

we. All texts read "they".

Verse 11

ten . . . thousand = myriads of myriads. Hebraism for countless numbers. See Daniel 7:10 .

Verse 12

loud = great.

power = the power. App-172 .

and. The repeated "ands" in verses: Revelation 5:12 , Revelation 5:13 form a remarkable Polysyndeton ( App-6 ). In Revelation 5:12 the sevenfold ( App-10 ) ascription is noticed. Compare Revelation 4:11 .

strength. App-172 .

glory. See p. 1511.

Verse 13

creature = created thing. Greek. ktisma. Only here; Revelation 8:9 . 1 Timothy 4:4 .James 1:18 .

such as are. Omit.

in. The texts read "on"

Blessing, &c. The fourfold ( App-10 ) ascription by the whole creation. Prefix the def. art. to each tem.

power. App-172 .

for . . . ever. As Revelation 1:6 .

Verse 14

four and twenty. The texts omit.

worshipped. See Revelation 3:9 .

Him . . . ever. The texts omit.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Revelation 5". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/revelation-5.html. 1909-1922.