The Scroll and the Lamb

Revelation 5

1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a a scroll written inside and on the back, b sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, c "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?" 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open 1 and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, d the Lion of the tribe of e Judah, f the Root of David, has g prevailed to open the scroll h and 2 to loose its seven seals."

6 And I looked, 3 and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood i a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and j seven eyes, which are k the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand l of Him who sat on the throne. 8 Now when He had taken the scroll, m the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the n prayers of the saints.

9 And o they sang a new song, saying:
p "You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And q have redeemed us to God r by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made 4 us s kings 5 and t priests to our God;
And 6 we shall reign on the earth."

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:
"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"
13 And u every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
v "Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him w who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and 7 ever!"
14 Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the 8 twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped 9 Him who lives forever and ever.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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