Revelation 4:7
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English Standard Version
the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.

King James Bible
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

American Standard Version
And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face as of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the first living creature was like a lion: and the second living creature like a calf: and the third living creature, having the face, as it were, of a man: and the fourth living creature was like an eagle flying.

English Revised Version
And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face as of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the first living being was like a lion, and the second living being like a calf, and the third living being had a face as a man, and the fourth living being was like a flying eagle.

Weymouth New Testament
The first living creature resembled a lion, the second an ox, the third had a face like that of a man, and the fourth resembled an eagle flying.

Revelation 4:7 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

Lion, calf, man, eagle

From this passage is derived the familiar symbolism of the four Evangelists; Mark seated on a lion, Luke on a steer, Matthew on a man, and John on an eagle. These are varied however. Irenaeus attributes the lion to John, and the eagle to Mark. Augustine the lion to Matthew, the man to Mark.

Lion

See on 1 Peter 5:8.

Calf (μόσχῳ)

Compare Luke 15:23. In the Septuagint for an ox or steer. Exodus 22:1; Ezekiel 1:10.

Eagle (ἀετῷ)

See on Matthew 24:28.

Revelation 4:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the first beast.

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and round about the throne...

Genesis 49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion...

Numbers 2:2 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house...

*etc:

Numbers 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey...

Numbers 24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesses you...

Proverbs 28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof...

Ezekiel 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side...

Ezekiel 10:14,21 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man...

like a calf.

Ezekiel 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side...

1 Corinthians 9:9,10 For it is written in the law of Moses, You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the corn. Does God take care for oxen...

as.

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

a flying.

Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies...

2 Samuel 1:23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles...

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary...

Ezekiel 1:8,10 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings...

Ezekiel 10:14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man...

Daniel 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth...

Obadiah 1:4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, there will I bring you down, said the LORD.

Cross References
Ezekiel 1:10
As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.

Ezekiel 10:14
And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was a human face, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

Revelation 6:3
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!"

Revelation 6:5
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.

Revelation 6:7
When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!"

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