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Revelation 15:6

and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their chests with golden sashes.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Colors;   Girdle;   Linen;   Plague;   Seven;   Temple;   Thompson Chain Reference - Girdle;   The Topic Concordance - Wrath;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Girdles;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Linen;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Jesus Christ;   Order;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Linen;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Dress;   Moses;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Clothes;   Colours;   Day of Christ;   Girdle;   Gold ;   Linen ;   Moses ;   Plague;   Trade and Commerce;   Type;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Girdle;   Tabernacle, the;   Temple, the;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Girdle,;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Breast;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Flax;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Altar;   Gold;   Print;   Retribution;   Revelation of John:;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The seven angels came out of the temple - To show that they were sent from God himself.

Clothed in pure and white linen - Habited as priests. For these habits see Exodus 28:6, Exodus 28:8; and see the note on Revelation 1:13.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And the seven angels - See the notes on Revelation 15:1.

Came out of the temple - Were seen to come from the temple; that is, from the immediate presence of God.

Having the seven plagues - See the notes on Revelation 15:1. Each one entrusted with a single “plague” to be executed upon the earth. The meaning here is, that they were designated or appointed to execute those plagues in judgments. The symbols of their office - the golden vials - were given to them afterward, Revelation 15:7.

Clothed in pure and white linen - The emblem of holiness - the common representation in regard to the heavenly inhabitants. See the notes on Revelation 3:4; Revelation 7:13. Compare Matthew 17:2; Luke 9:29; Mark 16:5.

And having their breasts girded with golden girdles - See the notes on Revelation 1:13. The meaning is, that they were attired in a manner befitting their rank and condition.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

and there came out from the temple the seven angels that had the seven plagues, arrayed with precious stone, pure and bright, and girt about their breasts with golden girdles.

And there came out ... the seven angels ... All was in readiness for the judgment to be executed. The appearance of these angels seems to be significant, as indicated by the golden girdles resembling the apparel of Christ himself (Revelation 1:13), apparently conveying that they were wearing the livery of their Master and therefore engaged in his business, just as a jockey wears the colors of the owner in a horse race. The judgment belongs to Christ.

Arrayed with precious stone ... This is an additional description of the apparel of the angels. It is translated, "clothed in pure and white linen" in the KJV, which is undoubtedly correct. The way this change came about is interesting:

The word for linen is found in the Vatican and Sinaiticus manuscripts, and a very similar word meaning precious stone occurs in the Alexandrinus and the Codex Ephraemi manuscripts.[34] But the scholars of the ASV preferred precious stone, on the basis of the critical "law" that "the more difficult reading is likely to be the original."[35] But after ASV was published, the Chester Beatty Papyrus was found to support the KJV rendition.[36] On account of this, the RSV went back to the KJV translation.

It would be difficult indeed to find a better example of just how arbitrary and undependable the so-called "Lectio Difficilior" actually is. It has been invoked to justify a whole family of unjustifiable renditions. See "Excursus on New Testament Criticism" in my Commentary on James, 1,2 Peter 1,2, 3John and Jude, pp. 282-290.

[34] A. Plummer, op. cit., p. 383.

[35] F. F. Bruce, A New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1969), p. 656.

[36] Martin Rist, op. cit., p. 480.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the seven angels came out of the temple,.... By which it appears, that they are such who are of, or belong to the church of Christ; and are either ministers, or members of churches, who will be the executioners of God's wrath upon the beast, and his followers; some copies, and the Complutensian edition, read, "out of heaven":

having the seven plagues; that is, they were appointed to inflict them, and were preparing and furnishing for it, and quickly had orders to do it:

clothed in pure and white linen; in which habit angels have been used to appear, as at our Lord's resurrection and ascension, and is by some thought to be expressive of the purity and holiness of angels; but rather saints are meant, who appear in the habit of priests, being all made kings and priests; and denotes their being clothed with the pure and spotless robe of Christ's righteousness, which is fine linen, clean and white, and the righteousness of the saints, Revelation 19:8 and also their spiritual joy in their present situation, and in the view of the destruction of antichrist, their sackcloth being put off, in which they, the witnesses, before appeared. So the linen garment of the high priest was, as Philo the Jew saysF14De Somniis, p. 597. , made of "fine linen", καθαρωτατος, "most pure". The Alexandrian copy, and some copies of the Vulgate Latin version, and some exemplars mentioned by Andreas Caesariensis, an ancient commentator on this book, read, "clothed with a stone, pure and white"; as if they were arrayed in garments of stone, which is not likely; unless reference is had to the stone asbestos, of an iron colour, found, as Pliny saysF15Nat. Hist. l. 37. c. 10. , in the mountains of Arcadia, of which linen was made, called "asbestinum", and of that garments; which were so far from being consumed by fire, that they became clean and brighter by it; or to the Carystian stone, which the inhabitants of Carystus used to comb, spin, and weave, and make carpets ofF16Pancirol, rer. memorab. par. 1. tit. 4. & Salmuth in ib. Plin. l. 19. c. 1. Turueb. Adversar. l. 23. c. 1. Schotti Thaumaturg, l. 2. sect. 10. p. 118. .

And having their breasts girded with golden girdles; such an one as Christ himself was girded with, Revelation 1:13 and this some understand of the love, which the breasts of angels are filled with towards the saints, and their readiness to perform all good offices to them, and to execute the judgments of God upon their enemies, whenever they have orders: but since these angels come out of the temple, and members of Gospel churches seem designed, rather this is to be understood either of the grace of faith, which is much more precious than of gold that perisheth, which receives the righteousness of Christ, puts it on, and girds it about the believer; or of love, the love of God and Christ, which encompass the saints about, and constrain them, and engage them in fervent love to them, and one another: or of the girdle of truth, Ephesians 6:14 which is near and close to them, and which keeps them close to Christ; nor can they depart totally and finally from him, or that; or in general, this may denote their strength and readiness for what service they shall be called to; see Luke 12:35.

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Geneva Study Bible

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the 10 seven plagues, clothed in 11 pure and white linen, and having their breasts 12 girded with golden girdles.

(10) That is, commandments to inflict those seven plagues, by way of metonymy.

(11) Which was in old time a sign of the kingly or princely dignity.

(12) This girding was a sign of diligence, and the girdle of gold was a sign of sincerity and trustworthiness in taking in charge the commandments of God.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

having — So B reads. But A and C, read “who have”: not that they had them yet (compare Revelation 15:7), but they are by anticipation described according to their office.

linen — So B reads. But A, C, and Vulgate, “a stone.” On the principle that the harder reading is the one least likely to be an interpolation, we should read, “a stone pure (‹and‘ is omitted in A, B, C, and Andreas), brilliant” (so the Greek): probably the diamond. With English Version, compare Acts 1:10; Acts 10:30.

golden girdles — resembling the Lord in this respect (Revelation 1:13).

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

There came out (εχηλτανexēlthan). Second aorist active indicative of εχερχομαιexerchomai with αν̇an rather than ον̇on Proleptic and prophetic aorist.

The seven angels (οι επτα αγγελοιhoi hepta aggeloi). Those in Revelation 15:1.

The seven plagues (τας επτα πληγαςtas hepta plēgas). The bowls are not given them till Revelation 15:7.

Arrayed (ενδεδυμενοιendedumenoi). Perfect passive participle of ενδυωenduō precious stone pure and bright (λιτον καταρον λαμπρονlithon katharon lampron). Accusative case retained with verb of clothing as so often, literally “with a stone pure bright.” For both adjectives together see Revelation 19:8, Revelation 19:14. Some MSS. read λινονlinon (linen). For λιτονlithon see Revelation 17:4; Revelation 18:16; Ezekiel 28:13.

Girt (περιεζωσμενοιperiezōsmenoi). Perfect passive participle of περιζωννυωperizōnnuō See Revelation 1:13 for both participles. For στητοςstēthos (breast) see Luke 18:13.

With golden girdles (ζωνας χρυσαςzōnas chrusās). Accusative case after the perfect passive participle περιεζωσμενοιperiezōsmenoi as in Revelation 1:13.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Linen ( λίνον )

The Rev. follows the reading λίθον stoneafter the analogy of Ezekiel 28:13, “Every precious stone was thy covering.” The idea is that of raiment studded with precious stones. See on Revelation 2:17.

White ( λαυπρὸν )

Mostly applied in the New Testament to clothing, as Luke 23:11; Acts 10:30; James 2:2. Also to the water of life (Revelation 22:1), and the morning-star (Revelation 22:16). Rev., bright.

Girt round their breasts

As the Lord in the vision of Revelation 1:13; where, however, μαστοῖς papsis used instead of στήθη breastsi0.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

And the seven angels came out of the temple — As having received their instructions from the oracle of God himself. St. John saw them in heaven, verse1, Revelation 15:1 before they went into the temple. They appeared in habits like those the high priest wore when he went into the most holy place to consult the oracle. In this was the visible testimony of God's presence.

Clothed in pure white linen — Linen is the habit of service and attendance.

Pure — unspotted, unsullied.

White — Or bright and shining, which implies much more than bare innocence.

And having their breasts girt with golden girdles — In token of their high dignity and glorious rest.

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Scofield's Reference Notes

angels

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Ver. 6. Clothed in pure] Habited as holy priests.

With golden girdles] Here an interpreter gives this note, that they which are lewd and vicious, though never so wise, political, rich, and valiant, shall not be God’s instruments to plague Antichrist and his kingdom. (Mr Bernard.) This their priestly apparel showeth also how that these angels come forth in the Church’s cause, and for her sake, without any by and sinister respect. They are all of them sincere professors of the truth of Christ, their breasts girded with the golden girdles of truth.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

And the seven angels; the seven ministers of God’s vengeance on antichrist, to whom the vials were given.

Came out of the temple; that is, out of the tabernacle of the testimony; for in Moses’s tabernacle there was only this inward court for the priests, the people worshipped without. They came (as the high priest was wont) out of the oracle to bring God’s answer to all his saints’ prayers.

Having the seven plagues: the answer was seven plagues, that is, that God had employed them to bring seven plagues successively upon the antichristian party, and all the enemies of his church, till by them they should be consumed.

Clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles; these angels came in the habit of high priests, when they went in to inquire of God, or came out with an answer from God.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

семь язв Последние, наиболее суровые суды Божии, описанные в гл. 16 (см. пояснение к ст. 1).

льнянуюзолотыми поясами Ткань означает святость и чистоту (19:14). Это пояса от плеча к поясу, которые надеты на каждом ангеле. Пояса символизируют богатство, знатность и незапятнанную славу.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Came out of the temple; expressive of their being commissioned and sent of God.

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Foy E. Wallace's Commentary on the Book of Revelation

2. And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles--15:6. The attire of the seven angels for the execution of the plagues of judgment was described, as "clothed in pure and white linen" and as having "golden girdles." This linen was not ordinary cloth, but was represented in another figure as "arrayed with precious stone, pure and bright"--they were garments with the composition of solid precious jewels. The golden girdle was like that of the son of man in chapter one. It is the symbolism of the glory and power of the Lord himself, and it signified the unlimited exercise of power to exeaute the will of the Lamb and the judgments of God.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The seven angels now came out from God"s presence (cf. Revelation 15:1). Each of them had received a plague (judgment) from God. Beale regarded these seven judgments as figurative of complete, severe judgment and not seven literal woes. [Note: Beale, pp803,812.] The angels" clean linen garments represent holiness and righteousness (cf. Revelation 19:8; Revelation 19:14), and their golden sashes mark them as on a punitive mission (cf. Revelation 1:18). Their clothing befits their purpose, which is to purify the earth. [Note: Thomas, Revelation 8-22, pp242-43.]

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 15:6. The seven angels that have the seven plagues now issue from the temple, that is, from the innermost shrine of the heavenly sanctuary. Their clothing, according to the later and more correct reading of the Greek, has seemed to many to be absurd: they are clothed with a stone pure and lustrous. But the same idea meets us in Ezekiel 28:13 (‘every precious stone was thy covering’), and we have already seen with how much freedom the Apocalyptic Seer employs the figures of his book (comp. on the ‘white stone’ of chap. Revelation 2:17). Probably, too, it is not necessary to think of a clothing with actual stones however beaten out. The conditions may be sufficiently fulfilled by the thought of a garment covered and sparkling with precious stones (comp. chap. Revelation 17:4). The girding is that of chap. Revelation 1:13, so that we can hardly be wrong in supposing that priestly garments are alluded to, and that the precious stones worn by the high priest are thought of as multiplied till they constituted a garment for the whole body. The seven angels thus issue from the temple to be priests of destruction instead of salvation (comp. chap. Revelation 14:6).

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

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Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

The seven angels of vers one now step out of the temple, obviously coming from the presence of God. They are dressed in white, and, like the Lord (Revelation 1:13), have the breasts girt with a golden girdle.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

out of. App-104.

in . . . linen. The texts read "with precious stone pure and bright".

having, &c. = girt about (Greek. peri. App-104) the breasts.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Having. So 'Aleph (') B but A C, 'who have:' not that they had them yet (cf. Revelation 15:7), but by anticipation described according to their office.

Linen. So B 'Aleph ('), 'linens;' but A C, Vulgate [ lithon (Greek #3037)], 'a stone.' The principle, that the harder reading is least likely to be an interpolation, favours 'a stone pure, (and is omitted in 'Aleph (') A B C, Andreas) brilliant' [ lampron (Greek #2986)], probably the diamond (cf. Acts 1:10; Acts 10:30).

Golden girdles - resembling the Lord (Revelation 1:13).

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) And the seven angels . . .—Better, And there came out the seven angels who had the seven plagues from the temple, clothed in linen, pure, glistening, and girt about their breasts with golden girdles. The temple is the inner shrine, or sanctuary; it was this which was measured (Revelation 11:1); it was out of this that the angel with the sharp sickle came for the vintage of the earth (Revelation 14:7); out of this now came the seven angels with the seven plagues. It is well to remember this, for these plagues are not, like the judgments of the trumpet, calls to repentance; they are plagues on those who have refused to return, who have rejected the sanctuary, the tabernacle of witness, which the Lord pitched among men, and who have refused, like obstinate builders, the stone which has become the head of the corner. Out of the rejected temple the angels of wrath come; it is ever true that out of rejected mercies the heaviest of plagues are forged. The angels are clad in a garb resembling that of Christ (Revelation 1:13); they are come forth to do His bidding; they are clothed in raiment which indicates their righteous errand. (Comp. Revelation 19:8; Acts 1:10; Acts 10:30.) Instead of linen, some MSS. have “a stone:” the angels, according to this, were “clad in a stone, pure, brilliant.” There is a parallel thought in Ezekiel, who describes the splendour of the King of Tyre: “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond,” &c. (Ezekiel 28:13).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
the seven angels
1
clothed
1:13; Exodus 28:5-8; Ezekiel 44:17,18; Luke 24:4
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 5:12 - arrayed;  Proverbs 14:3 - the mouth;  Ezekiel 9:2 - and one;  Daniel 10:5 - loins;  Daniel 12:6 - man;  Mark 13:27 - shall he;  Revelation 14:17 - came;  Revelation 16:1 - the seven;  Revelation 16:17 - there;  Revelation 17:1 - one

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

Much of what is said and is to happen in many of the chapters to come has been considered before. It will pertain to God's judgments against the corruptions of Rome and for her mistreatment of the faithful servants of Christ. Seven angels were clothed in white linen which means purity and the golden girdles signify the splendor of the place.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 15:6

Revelation 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

And the seven angels came out of the Temple;

that Isaiah, the Church of God. { Ephesians 2:21} For Christ, his holy angels, and his faithful ministers, are all present in the Churches of Saints. { 1 Corinthians 11:10}

Having the seven plagues, as Revelation 15:1 clothed in pure and white linen.

As the ministers of the sanctuary were. { Leviticus 6:10; Leviticus 16:14; Exodus 39:27-29} They had also golden girdles; that Isaiah, girt about with truth. { Ephesians 6:14}

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Revelation 15:6. And the seven angels went out of the temple, who had the seven plagues, clothed in pure white linen, and girt about their breast with golden girdles.

The angels have the seven plagues even before the seven vials are given to them. This is to be inferred, not merely from the words, "who had the seven plagues," but also from their going forth out of the tent of testimony.

This implies, that they had already been intrusted with the work of vengeance.

In the clothing of the angels their mission is represented, the work which they had to accomplish. Even because they are angels, they come into consideration only in respect to their mission, and the clothing cannot, as in the case of Christ (in ch. Revelation 1:13), of Michael (Daniel 10:5), refer to the person, but only to the business.

The linen clothing is not mentioned as "the attire of waiting and serving," but on account of its shining whiteness. In ch. Revelation 19:8, the righteous deeds of the saints are denoted by pure and bright clothing. So here, the righteous deeds of the angels and indirectly of God—comp. Revelation 15:4. To the pure corresponds in Revelation 15:3 the "just and true are thy ways;" to the white, glittering, the "great and wonderful are thy works;"comp. the difference between washing and making white at ch. Revelation 7:14. The sea of the divine judgments and deeds of righteousness is compared in ch. Revelation 4:6 to glass and to crystal: as a sea of glass, like to crystal. To the glass, denoting blamelessness, corresponds here the pure; to the crystal, denoting terribleness, awfulness, glory, the white. The pure and white also holds in respect to the gold. It is employed here on account of its glittering purity, as in ch. Revelation 1:13, comp. ch. Revelation 21:18, "and the city is pure gold, like unto clear glass." In Job 37:22 the bright pure splendour of the sun is called figuratively gold, and to it is compared God's frightful majesty.

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Hengstenberg, Ernst. "Commentary on Revelation 15:6". Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/revelation-15.html.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Seven angels—The number, sacredly assigned, of the divine ministers of judgment on Babylon.

The temple—The very citadel of Christ’s capital: the inmost residence of the hostile forces against the antichristic citadel.

Having the seven plagues—Said here to designate their assigned ministries, though the seven’ vials are not given them until the next verse.

Clothed—Arrayed in the priestly vestments, for theirs is a holy office, the bloody sacrifice of the enemies of God.

Pure and white linen— The sacred antithesis of the “scarlet” of the harlot. The rendering here then would be, Decked with a clear and brilliant stone.

Golden girdlesGirdles, to signify preparedness for their ministry; golden, to show its rich and royal nature. Note on Revelation 1:13.

 

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

Revelation 15:6. These heavenly beings are magnificent creatures, robed in gold and light (a Hellenic conception, Dieterich, 38 f.) and linen (to denote their honourable and sacred office: so the scribe of judgment, Ezekiel 9:2, and the angel in Daniel 10:5; Daniel 12:6). Plutarch (de Iside, 3, 4) explains that the linen surplice was affected by Egyptian votaries of Isis for religious reasons; e.g., the bright smiling colour of flax, its freedom from lice, and the smooth, cleanly material it yielded.

 

 

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The Bible Study New Testament

6. The seven angels. These angels come out of the temple. The way they are dressed shows they are God’s angels.

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Revelation 15:6". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/revelation-15.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.