|New International Version (© 2011)|
They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.
King James Bible
And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
American Standard Version
And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to war.
Young's Literal Translation
and they had breastplates as breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings is as the noise of chariots of many horses running to battle;
Revelation 9:9 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They had breastplates - of iron - They seemed to be invulnerable, for no force availed against them.
The sound of their wings - Their hanging weapons and military trappings, with the clang of their shields and swords when they make their fierce onsets. This simile is borrowed from Joel 2:5-7.
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Revelation 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone...
Job 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
Job 41:23-30 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved...
Joel 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall on the sword, they shall not be wounded.
Job 39:25 He said among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Isaiah 9:5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
Joel 2:5-7 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble...
Nahum 2:4,5 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches...
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Jeremiah 47:3 at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds, at the noise of enemy chariots and the rumble of their wheels. Parents will not turn to help their children; their hands will hang limp.
Joel 2:5 With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
Revelation 9:17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.