Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Revelation 7:6

from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand,
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Asher;   Israel;   Manasseh;   Naphtali;   Vision;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Seals;  
Dictionaries:
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Order;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Naphtali;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Aser;   Nephthalim;   Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Revelation, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Apocalypse;   Asher ;   Israel;   Seal ;   Tribes ;   Type;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Asher, Aser ;   Dan;   Genealogies;   Israel ;   Manasseh ;   Naphtali ;   Sealing;   Smith Bible Dictionary - A'ser;   Dan;   Manas'ses;   Neph'thalim;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Aser;   Manasseh (1);   Manasses;   Revelation of John:;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Dan;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand,.... "Asher", which the Septuagint pronounce "Aser", as here, signifies "blessed", Genesis 30:13; as all the sealed ones are, blessed with all spiritual blessings, with grace here, and glory hereafter.

Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand; the name of this tribe signifies "wrestlings", Genesis 30:8; and may design the wrestlings of saints, both with God in prayer, and with their enemies, sin, Satan, and the world, and also their strivings together for the faith of the Gospel.

Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand; this word signifies "forgetting", Genesis 41:51; and shows that the followers of Christ should forget the things that are behind, their sinful lusts and pleasures, the onions and garlic in Egypt, and their former company and acquaintance, their own people, and their father's house, and all their labours and sufferings for the sake of Christ.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Revelation 7:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-7.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

Ver. 6. Of the tribe of Natphthali] Who is first reckoned among those by Rachel’s side, because at Capernaum in this tribe Christ inhabited. Any relation to him ennobleth. Bethlehem, though it be the least, is yet not the least among the princes of Judah, for that out of her came the governor of Israel, Matthew 2:6; cf. Micah 5:2.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Revelation 7:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/revelation-7.html. 1865-1868.

Sermon Bible Commentary

Revelation 7:6

The Servants of God Sealed.

I. The passage from the book of Revelation selected as the Epistle for All Saints' Day, while it carries our thought onward to the glories of the world to come, is a most striking reminiscence of old Hebrew history. The constitution of the twelve tribes, the names of the sons of Jacob, come into view once more, as it were, on the threshold of eternity, even as the memory of childhood often grows wonderfully fresh again when an old man is about to pass into the other world.

II. We must not fail to notice the great comfort contained in the word "sealed." The expression seems clearly to imply two things: first, that those who bear this seal are recognised by God as belonging to Him; and secondly, that they are safe. As regards the safety of the saints, it is difficult for us to imagine any being endowed with free-will and subject to moral responsibility to be exempt from the possibility of failing; but if we were to follow speculation in such a matter, it would lead to no results. It seems to be clearly revealed to us that part of the blessedness of the saints will consist in their security.

III. Look at the broad, general fact that in the enumeration before us the tribe of Dan is omitted. Of what does this remind us? Surely of this: that in the great gathering of the saints at the last some who have had rich opportunities will not be there. Even in the course of Christian Church history hitherto, communities which were once full of hope have been quite or almost obliterated, just as rivers which in their earlier course flowed full and strong have been lost and become feeble in the sands. And as with communities, so with separate souls: those who have been equal in privilege will not be together in the end.

IV. Asher was an obscure and insignificant tribe, yet of Asher, as well as of Joseph, or Benjamin, or Judah, were sealed twelve thousand. Spiritual blessings do not depend on earthly fame and greatness, or on any questions of mere numerical proportion.

J. S. Howson, Our Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, p. 161.


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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on Revelation 7:6". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/revelation-7.html.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 7:6. νεφθαλίμ· ΄ανασσῆ, Napthali: Manasseh) Dan is omitted, because that tribe had now long ago fallen away to the single family of Hussim, as the Hebrews say; and this family itself seems to have perished by wars before the times of Esdras. For in the Chronicles, where the posterity of the patriarchs is mentioned, Dan is omitted. And perhaps this is predicted in Amos 8:14. John of Antioch relates that a few survived of the tribe of Dan, and that they fled into Phœnicia.—Grotius. It is not so much that Dan is omitted, as that his small numbers, concealed under Manasseh, are joined with Napthali, whose brother he was by the same mother. [For Napthali alone, unless this is here tacitly implied, throughout the whole, series, would not have his brother by the same mother mentioned in connection with him. As for the rest, Levi, in this enumeration, occupies his own place again, and two portions are given to Joseph, the one in his own name, the other under the name of Manasseh.—V. g.]

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Revelation 7:6". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/revelation-7.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Revelation 7:4"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Revelation 7:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/revelation-7.html. 1685.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Aser
Luke 2:36
Reciprocal: Genesis 48:5 - Reuben;  Genesis 48:19 - I know it;  Numbers 1:34 - Manasseh;  Matthew 8:11 - That

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 7:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-7.html.

Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

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Knollys, Hanserd. "Commentary on Revelation 7:6". "Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hkc/revelation-7.html.