The Lamb takes the scroll
1Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one seated on the throne. It had writing on the front and the back, and it was sealed with seven seals. 2I saw a powerful angel, who proclaimed in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or look inside it. 4So I began to weep and weep, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look inside it. 5Then one of the elders said to me, "Don’t weep. Look! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has emerged victorious so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."
6Then, in between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, I saw a Lamb, standing as if it had been slain. It had seven horns and seven eyes, which are God’s seven spirits, sent out into the whole earth. 7He came forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one seated on the throne. 8When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each held a harp and gold bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9They took up a new song, saying,
"You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals,
because you were slain,
and by your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
10You made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they will rule on earth."
11Then I looked, and I heard the sound of many angels surrounding the throne, the living creatures, and the elders. They numbered in the millions—thousands upon thousands. 12They said in a loud voice,
"Worthy is the slaughtered Lamb
to receive power, wealth, wisdom, and might,
and honor, glory, and blessing."
13And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea—I heard everything everywhere say,
"Blessing, honor, glory, and power belong
to the one seated on the throne
and to the Lamb
forever and always."
14Then the four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshipped.