1Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. The scroll had writing on both sides. It was kept closed with seven seals. 2And I saw a powerful angel. He called in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3But there was no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth who could open the scroll or look inside it. 4I cried and cried because there was no one who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5But one of the elders said to me, “Do not cry! The Lion# Here refers to Christ. from the tribe of Judah has won the victory. He is David’s descendant. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6Then I saw a Lamb standing in the center of the throne with the four living things around it. The elders were also around the Lamb. The Lamb looked as if he had been killed. He had seven horns and seven eyes. These are the seven spirits of God that were sent into all the world. 7The Lamb came and took the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. 8After he took the scroll, the four living things and the 24 elders bowed down before the Lamb. Each one of them had a harp. Also, they were holding golden bowls full of incense. These bowls of incense are the prayers of God’s holy people. 9And they all sang a new song to the Lamb:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were killed;
and with the blood of your death you bought men for God
from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
10You made them to be a kingdom of priests for our God.
And they will rule on the earth.”
11Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels. The angels were around the throne, the four living things, and the elders. There were thousands and thousands of angels—there were 10,000 times 10,000. 12The angels said in a loud voice:
“The Lamb who was killed is worthy
to receive power, wealth, wisdom and strength,
honor, glory, and praise!”
13Then I heard every living thing in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. I heard every thing in all these places, saying:
“All praise and honor and glory and power
forever and ever
to the One who sits on the throne
and to the Lamb!”
14The four living things said, “Amen!” And the elders bowed down and worshiped.