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Revelation 14:5

And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Celibacy;   Chastity;   Continence;   Deceit;   Holiness;   Obedience;   Righteous;   Song;   Speaking;   Throne;   Vision;   Thompson Chain Reference - Faultless;   Faultlessness;   Guileless;   Innocence;   Innocence-Guilt;   Mouth of the Righteous;   Silence-Speech;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Deceit;   Sincerity;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Lie;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Christians, Names of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Order;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Bartholomew;   Cuttings;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Predestination;   Revelation, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Atonement (2);   Deceit, Deception, Guile;   Mouth Lips;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Lamb;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Forehead;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ascension;   Fault;   Guile;   Revelation of John:;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for April 11;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

In their mouth was found no guile - When brought before kings and rulers they did not dissemble, but boldly confessed the Lord Jesus.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And in their mouth was found no guile - No deceit, fraud, hypocrisy. They were sincerely and truly what they professed to be - the children of God. This is the last characteristic which is given of them as redeemed, and it is not necessary to say that this is always represented as one of the characteristics of the true children of God. See the notes on John 1:47.

For they are without fault before the throne of God - The word here rendered “without fault” - ἄμωμοι amōmoi- means, properly, “spotless, without blemish,” 1 Peter 1:19. See the notes on Colossians 1:22. This cannot be construed as meaning that they were by nature pure and holy, but only that they were pure as they stood before the throne of God in heaven - “having washed their robes, and made them pure in the blood of the Lamb.” See the notes on Revelation 7:14. It will be certainly true that all who stand there will be, in fact, pure, for nothing impure or unholy shall enter there, Revelation 21:27.

The “design” of this portion of the chapter was evidently to comfort those to whom the book was addressed, and, in the same way, to comfort all the children of God in times of persecution and trial. Those living in the time of John were suffering persecution, and, in the previous chapters, he had described more fearful trials yet to come on the church. In these trials, therefore, present and prospective, there was a propriety in fixing the thoughts on the final triumph of the redeemed - that glorious state in heaven where all persecution shall cease, and where all the ransomed of the Lord shall stand before his throne. What could be better suited than this view to sustain the souls of the persecuted and the sorrowful? And how often since in the history of the church in the dark times of religious declension and of persecution - has there been occasion to seek consolation in this bright view of heaven? How often in the life of each believer, when sorrows come upon him like a flood, and earthly consolation is gone, is there occasion to look to that blessed world where all the redeemed shall stand before God; where all tears shall be wiped away from every face; and where there shall be the assurance that the last pang has been endured, and that the soul is to be happy forever?

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And in their mouth was found no guile,.... Or "a lie", as the Complutensian edition, the Alexandrian copy, the Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions read; by which may be meant idolatry, for idols and idolatrous practices are often called lies, and lying vanities; see Jeremiah 16:19; and the sense is, that the superstition and idolatry of the church of Rome were not among them: or it may design false doctrine, and the meaning be, that they did not speak lies in hypocrisy, as the followers of antichrist do; nor were they given up to believe a lie, as they are: the generality of copies read, "no guile"; which is expressive of the sincerity of their words; there was no deceit nor hypocrisy in them; they did not speak with flattering lips to men, nor did they draw nigh to God with their mouths, when their hearts were far from him; they were Israelites indeed, like Nathanael, in whom was no guile; though not in so strict a sense, in which this phrase is used of Christ, 1 Peter 1:22;

for they are without fault before the throne of God; not as considered in themselves, as if they were entirely free from sin, and never committed any; though it might be true of them, that in general they were of unblemished lives and conversations, that is, not guilty of any notorious and scandalous crimes; but rather the sense is, that they were without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, as being washed in the blood of Christ, and so cleansed from all sin, and as being justified by his righteousness from all iniquity; and so were before the throne of God, and in the sight of divine justice, unblamable and unreproveable; see Judges 24, Colossians 1:22; the phrase, "before the throne of God", is left out in the Alexandrian copy, and in the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, and in the Complutensian edition.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

guile — So Andreas in one copy. But A, B, C, Origen, and Andreas in other copies read, “falsehood.” Compare with English Version reading Psalm 32:2; Isaiah 53:9; John 1:47.

for — So B, Syriac, Coptic, Origen, and Andreas read. But A and C omit.

without faultGreek, “blameless”: in respect to the sincerity of their fidelity to Him. Not absolutely, and in themselves blameless; but regarded as such on the ground of His righteousness in whom alone they trusted, and whom they faithfully served by His Spirit in them. The allusion seems to be to Psalm 15:1, Psalm 15:2. Compare Revelation 14:1, “stood on Mount Sion.”

before the throne of God — A, B, C, Syriac, Coptic, Origen, and Andreas omit these words. The oldest Vulgate manuscript supports them.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Was found no lie (ουχ ευρετη πσευδοςouch heurethē pseudos). First aorist passive indicative of ευρισκωheuriskō In 1 Peter 2:23 this passage (Isaiah 53:9) is quoted with δολοςdolos (deceit, guile) instead of πσευδοςpseudos (lie), but the difference is not great.

Without blemish (αμωμοιamōmoi). Alpha privative and μωμοςmōmos (blemish, spot). As Christ the Paschal Lamb is (1 Peter 1:19; Hebrews 9:14), so the followers of the Lamb are to be in the end (Philippians 2:15).

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Vincent's Word Studies

Guile ( δόλος )

Read ψεῦδος lieWithout fault ( ἄμωμοι )

Rev., blemish. See on 1 Peter 1:19.

Before the throne of God

Omit.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

And in their month there was found no guile — Part for the whole. Nothing untrue, unkind, unholy.

They are without fault — Having preserved inviolate a virgin purity both of soul and body.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Ver. 5. And in their mouth] Children they are that will not lie, Isaiah 63:8, neither is a deceitful tongue found in their mouth, Zephaniah 3:13. They will rather die than lie. The officers of Merindol answered the bishop that moved them to abjure, that they marvelled much that he would go about to persuade them to lie to God and the world; affirming that they punished their children very sharply when they took them with a lie, even as if they had committed a robbery, for the devil is a liar. (Acts and Mon. fol. 866.)

For they are without fault] 1. By imputation; 2. By inchoation.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here St. John closes the description of the fore-mentioned followers of the Lamb,

1. With the character of their integrity; like the Lamb, no guile is found in their mouth, as there was none in his, 1 Peter 2:22 they were free from that hypocrisy which was found amongst anti-christ's followers, who profess to worship God, but adore their idols; sincerity and uprightness of heart towards God and man was found with them.

2. They are said to be without fault before God; which may be understood comparatively; they have no such faults as antichrist's followers are guilty of; they worship God aright, and are approved by him: or, if absolutely, we must understand it of their glorification in heaven, where all the saints are without spot, and blameless before the throne of God, perfectly like unto God and the Lamb, as well in purity as in immortality.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 14:5. ψεῦδος) δόλος,(155) the text according to Andreas in Cod. Reuchl., which Erasmus follows, and in the Augustan. But the text in Andreas himself, as edited by Sylburgius, and Copt, (according to Wolf, who however defends the word δόλος), together with all the copies, is ψεῦδος. That expression of Peter, οὔτε εὑρέθη δόλος ἐν τῷ στό΄ατι αὐτοῦ, plainly refers to Isaiah 53:9. But the phrase of the Apocalypse, although it supports itself, has something parallel in Malachi 2:6, respecting the priest: νό΄ος ἀληθείας ἦν ἐν τῷ στό΄ατι αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀδικία οὐχ εὐρέθη ἐν χείλεσιν αὐτοῦ. The word ψεῦδος, with its derivatives and compounds, is of very frequent occurrence in all the writings of John.— ἄ΄ω΄οι εἰσὶν) ἐνώπιον τοῦ θρόνου τοῦ θεοῦ(156) was first added by the more recent Latin editions. See App. Crit. Ed. ii. on this passage. This interpolation is unsuitable to the passage. For the description of these first-fruits is beautifully fashioned like a canticle; and so these two clauses have a kind of rhythm, πάρθενοι γὰρ εἰσιν· ἄμωμοι εἰσίν· where, as we remark in passing, the particle γὰρ appears to be extended from the preceding to the latter clause. Moreover, they are virgins, with reference to their following the Lamb; they are ἄμωμοι, not with reference to their being before the throne of God, but with reference to the fact, that they are redeemed, as first-fruits to God and the Lamb. Why should I enlarge on this? No one in Greece, Asia, Syria, or Africa, nor do I hesitate to add Italy and ancient Armenia, has in this passage read the clause, before the throne of God. They had not the editions which are in common use at the present day; they had the genuine reading.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Not that any liveth and sinneth not against God, but it is to be understood comparatively; they are without fault in comparison of the rest of the world, they have not in them the guile of hypocrisy, they are sincere. Or, possibly by

guile is here understood a lie. All idolaters are liars, Romans 1:25, and idols are called lies, Jeremiah 16:19 Amos 2:4. Mr. Mede expoundeth this text by Zephaniah 3:13. The words may either more generally signify the holiness of these persons, in opposition to profaneness and hypocrisy; or more particularly, their freedom and purity from antichristian superstitions and idolatry.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

нет лукавства Эти 144 000 высказывают Божью правду тщательно и точно, не преувеличивая и не преуменьшая (ср. Зах. 3:13).

непорочны Не просто безгрешны, а священны (см. Еф. 1:4; 5:27; Кол. 1:22).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Without fault; having been sanctified and presented spotless before God. Judges 1:24.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Furthermore, they spoke the truth even though deception abounded ( Revelation 13:14; cf. Isaiah 53:9; Zephaniah 3:13; John 8:44; 1 Peter 2:22). In short, they were blameless, that Isaiah, perfectly acceptable to God as firstfruit sacrifices (cf. Philippians 2:15; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19; Jude 1:24).

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

was . . . guile = was not found (the) lie, as the texts.

without fault. See Ephesians 1:4.

before . . . God. The texts omit.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Guile. So Andreas; but 'Aleph (') A B C, Origen, Andreas, in other copies, read, 'falsehood.' Compare Psalms 32:2; Isaiah 53:9; John 1:47.

For. So 'Aleph (') B, Syriac, Coptic, Origen, Andreas; but A C, Vulgate, omit.

Without fault, [ amoomoi (Greek #299)] - 'blameless;' in sincere fidelity to Him. Not in themselves, but on the ground of His righteousness in whom alone they trusted, and whom they faithfully served by His Spirit in them (Psalms 15:1-2 : cf. Revelation 14:1, 'stood on mount Sion').

Before the throne of God. So oldest Vulgate; but 'Aleph (') A B C, Syriac, Coptic, Origen, Andreas, omit.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
in
Psalms 32:2; 34:13; 55:11; Proverbs 8:8; Isaiah 53:9; Zephaniah 3:13; Matthew 12:34; John 1:47; 1 Peter 3:10
without
Song of Solomon 4:7; Daniel 6:4; Hosea 10:2; Luke 23:4; Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:22; Jude 1:24
Reciprocal: Psalm 125:4 - upright;  Malachi 2:6 - law;  Mark 10:14 - for;  Romans 8:4 - That;  1 Peter 2:1 - guile;  1 Peter 2:22 - guile

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Walter Scott's Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 14:5. — "In their mouths was no lie found." Truthfulness in word characterised them. Their confession of Christ as the real Messiah was a true one (1 John 2:21-27),in contrast to the mass given over to believe a lie in the reception and acknowledgment of the false Messiah, the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:11; 1 John 2:22).

5. — "They are blameless." Thus ends the beautifully descriptive character of the 144,000 on mount Zion. The Authorised Version substitutes guile for "lie," and adds "without fault before the throne of God." This is a serious interpolation. The meaning and force of the simple statement, "they are blameless," is that they were so in practical ways and conduct generally. They refused to conform to the persecuting and blaspheming edicts of the Beast, they neither wondered after the Beast nor worshipped him. The seductions, too, of Antichrist, by which the mass were deceived, were avoided with holy loathing. In these respects "they were blameless." Were the absolute holiness of God, the claims of His throne and nature in question, none on earth could stand and say, "I am blameless in myself." This the passage does not assert, but is simply God's estimate of their practical conduct when under the Beast.

REVIEW.

The opening vision is that of the Lamb standing on mount Zion immediately preparatory to His assumption of royal power as King of Israel. With Him is associated a defined number of Jews who have emerged out of the great Tribulation. They publicly bear the Name of the Lamb and His Father's Name, and are thus, in light of the full blaze of millennial glory, openly owned of God. Then a voice is heard "out of," or proceeding from, Heaven, grandly majestic and loud and powerful. It is one voice in which the harp and song of many are expressed. These singers and harpers are in Heaven. Who are they? They are as a company distinct from the elders, the raised dead and changed living of 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. Theharpist choir are the brethren of those on mount Zion. They had laid down their lives rather than succumb to the Beast and his minister who dominated the conscience of the mass. They are here seen as raised in vision only; actually the whole scene is an anticipative millennial one. Their brethren on earth, once their companions in confession and sorrow, alone can learn the song of Heaven. How near is Heaven to earth in those days! How interested and how real the fellowship of saints in Heaven with those on earth! It is the day of Hosea 2:21-22, and the day of John 1:51.

Then we get the ground (twice stated) on which these saved ones stood in holy and royal fellowship with the Lamb. They had been purchased at what a cost, even the blood of the Lamb. Then we have their practical conduct (not the inward state), which is equally true in principle of every child of God. (1) Separation, thorough and unqualified,from the wickedness and idolatry of their surroundings. They maintained virgin purity from evil and virgin affection for Christ. (2) Obedience and Discipleship are marked features. They followed the Lamb wheresoever He went at a time and in a crisis when all save the elect wandered after the Beast. Following the Lamb is a characteristic truth. They followed Him in His rejection;they equally follow Him in His glory. The word translated "follow" is in the present tense. (3) Truthfulness,in word and confession, is another feature of the practical character of these saints. When Christendom as a whole had been given over to believe the devil's lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11) these godly Jewish saints clung to the truth of Holy Scripture in its teachings as to the true Messiah and Prophet. (4) Blamelessness in outward conduct and ways before men, not "before the throne of God" (an interpolation), is a fitting and condensed epitome of their practical character and life. They were the firstfruits of the harvest gathered out of Israel, a joy to God and to the Lamb.

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E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

Guile means deceit and these faithful disciples had no desire nor occasion to try deceiving anyone. That evil trait was one of the prominent ones of the "man of sin." Fault means blemish or spot in one's conduct or manner of life. Hence this verse represents persons who are correct in both word and deed. That would indicate that their hearts were right also because "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" ( Matthew 12:34). and from the heart come "murders, adulteries," etc. ( Matthew 15:19). These saints were free from all these products of an evil heart so we may conclude they were pure in heart. That explains why they were allowed to be before the throne of God, for Matthew 5:8 says the pure in heart shall see God. These brave soldiers of the cross had been strengthened in their fight of faith by the very trials that were intended to destroy them.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 14:5

Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

And in their mouth was found no guile.

They will declare plainly that they are for the universal headship of Christ; and he alone may be acknowledged King of Saints, King of Zion, and King of Nations; as the holy scripture of truth doth testify of him. { Revelation 15:3; Psalm 149:1-2; Jeremiah 10:7-10}

And in their mouth was found no guile.

These bare their witness openly, and their testimony plainly, against the universal headship of the Bishop of Rome, and his dominion over kings and emperors: And overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. And they loved not their lives unto death.

For they are without fault before the throne of God.

By fault here, we may understand dissimulation, pretending one thing, and intending another. They were single hearted saints, who had their conversation in this world, in simplicity and godly sincerity, and not in fleshly wisdom. { 2 Corinthians 1:12}

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5.No guile—Greek, no lie. Contrast with the “great wonders” of the second beast, “the false prophet,” who “deceiveth them that dwell on the earth,” (Revelation 13:13-14,) “with all signs and lying wonders,” “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness,” “that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 1:9-11. And the work of the reappearing dragon is to “deceive the nations,” Revelation 20:3; Revelation 20:8. The song of this holy throng bodes no good to the powers of darkness. And still clearer omens now appear in the mid-sky.

 

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

Revelation 14:5. , “unblemished” (a ritual term), possibly contains a sacrificial tinge, like in some of the inscriptions (= gift to deity), cf. Thieme’s Inschriften von Magnesia, 26. These adherents are redeemed. But in another aspect their qualities of purity and guilelessness form a sweet sacrifice to God. A Christian not only may be redeemed but may sacrifice himself in the interests of the Redeemer.— . In view of Revelation 21:8; Revelation 21:27, Revelation 22:15 it is superfluous to think of prophets or teachers specially (Weinel, 146–148) in this connexion, although the gifts of utterance and prophecy were particularly associated with asceticism (En. lxxxiii., cviii., etc.) in the early church of the first century; e.g., “the whole yoke of the Lord” in Did. vi. may refer to celibacy (in which case would be equivalent to here). Cf. the discussion of reasons, in a Babylonian incantation (Zimmern, die Beschwörungstafeln Shurpu, 5, 6), why the sufferer was punished. “Has he for ‘no’ said ‘yes’, | For ‘yes’ said ‘no’?’ Was he frank in speaking | but false in heart? | Wasit ‘yes’ with his mouth | but ‘no’ in his heart?” The Assyrian idiom for loyalty is “true speech in the mouth of the people,” neither rebellious nor seditious talk.

 

 

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