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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Revelation 5:6-14

Here, I. The apostle beholds this book taken into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to its being unsealed and opened by him. Here Christ is described, 1. By his place and station: In the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and of the elders. He was on the same throne with the Father; he was nearer to him than either the elders or ministers of the churches. Christ, as man and Mediator, is subordinate to God the Father, but is nearer to him than all the creatures; for in him... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Revelation 5:7-14

5:7-14 And the Lamb came and received the roll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. When it had received the roll, the four living creatures fell before the Lamb and so did the twenty-four elders, each of whom had a harp and golden bowls laden with incenses, which are the prayers of God's dedicated people. And they sang a new song and this is what they sang: Worthy are you to receive the roll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and so at the price of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Revelation 5:7

And he came ,.... He drew nigh to the throne of God, he engaged his heart to approach unto him, and came up even to his seat, which a mere creature, without a Mediator, cannot do: and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne ; See Gill on Revelation 5:1 ; it being given unto him, as in Revelation 1:1 ; and a commission and authority to open it, and make it manifest to others, and to accomplish the several events, in the several periods of time, it points... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Revelation 5:7

He came and took the book - This verse may be properly explained by John, John 1:18 . No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath Declared him. With Jesus alone are all the counsels and mysteries of God. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 5:1-7

The sealed book. The homily must be based upon the interpretation. For our guidance we take the view which regards this sealed book as a title deed, the background of the figure being found in Jeremiah 32:6-16 . It is the title deed of the purchased possession—the redeemed inheritance—which noone has a right to touch or open but him to whom it belongs; concerning whom it may be said, "The right of redemption is thine to buy it." Concerning "the Lamb," this is recognized by the song of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 5:1-14

Continuation of vision. In the preceding homily we noted that the apostle records five songs. We have already referred to two of them. We now have the three remaining ones before us. 1 . The third song is the new song—of redemption. Creation being effected, what is to be done with it? Of what events is earth to be the scene and the witness? and what are the developments which Providence has in store? See. In the right hand of him who sits upon the throne there is a book—a roll,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 5:1-14

The adoration of the Lamb. The theophany of Revelation 4:1-11 . is continued in this. We are permitted to see more of the high court of heaven, and to witness the purpose of its session, the centre of its adoration, and the transactions in which its members share. We have surveyed the throne and him that sat thereon, the rainbow above the throne, the crystal sea, the burning torches, the elders and the cherubim, and their worship of God. But now the vision is enlarged, and we behold the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 5:7

And he came and took the book; or, and he came and he hath taken it. "Hath taken" is perfect ( εἴληφε ), while "came" is the aorist ( ἦλθε ). If the differ-once is intentionally significant, it renders the description somewhat more vivid. (For the consideration of the question how the Lamb could do this, see on Revelation 5:6 .) Wordsworth contrasts the spontaneous act of the Lamb in taking the book of his own accord as his right, with the call to St. John to take the little... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Revelation 5:7

And he came and took the book out of the right hand ... - As if it pertained to him by virtue of rank or office. There is a difficulty here, arising from the incongruity of what is said of a lamb, which it is not easy to solve. The difficulty is in conceiving how a lamb could take the book from the hand of Him who held it. To meet this several solutions have been proposed:(1) Vitringa supposes that the Messiah appeared as a lamb only in some such sense as the four living beings Revelation 4:7... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Revelation 5:6-7

Revelation 5:6-7. And I beheld, and lo, &c. Upon this I observed, in my vision, a new representation; in, or on, the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures Within the circle which they made round him; and in the midst of the elders Making a larger circle round him and them; stood a Lamb Αρνιον εστηκος , a lamb standing. He no more falls on his face; the days of his weakness and mourning are ended! He is now in a posture of readiness to execute all his offices of... read more

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