The Lamb Takes the Scroll
1And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne #Ezek. 2:9, 10a scroll written inside and on the back, #Is. 29:11; Dan. 12:4sealed with seven seals. 2Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, #Rev. 4:11; 5:9“Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
4So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, #Gen. 49:9the Lion of the tribe of #Heb. 7:14Judah, #Is. 11:1, 10; Rom. 15:12; Rev. 22:16the Root of David, has #Rev. 3:21prevailed to open the scroll #Rev. 6:1and to loose its seven seals.”
6And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood #Is. 53:7; (John 1:29; 1 Pet. 1:19)a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and #Zech. 3:9; 4:10seven eyes, which are #Rev. 1:4; 3:1; 4:5the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand #Rev. 4:2of Him who sat on the throne.
Worthy Is the Lamb
8Now when He had taken the scroll, #Rev. 4:8–10; 19:4the 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 #Ps. 141:2; Rev. 8:3prayers of the saints. 9And #Rev. 14:3they sang a new song, saying:
#Rev. 4:11“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And #John 1:29have redeemed us to God #(Heb. 9:12; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19)by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10And have made us #Ex. 19:6kings and #Is. 61:6priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
11Then 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, 12saying 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!”
13And #Phil. 2:10; Rev. 5:3every 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:
#1 Chr. 29:11; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 6:16; 1 Pet. 4:11“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him #Rev. 4:2, 3; 6:16; 20:11who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
14Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.