Revelation 1:14
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New International Version
The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.

New Living Translation
His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire.

English Standard Version
The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,

Berean Study Bible
The hair of His head was white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like a blazing fire.

Berean Literal Bible
Now His head and His hairs are white like wool, white as snow; and His eyes are like a flame of fire;

New American Standard Bible
His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.

King James Bible
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His head and hair were white like wool--white as snow--and His eyes like a fiery flame.

International Standard Version
His head and his hair were white like wool, in fact, as white as snow. His eyes were like flames of fire,

NET Bible
His head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame.

New Heart English Bible
His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And his head and his hair were white as wool and like snow, and his eyes were like flames of fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His head and his hair were white like wool-like snow. His eyes were like flames of fire.

New American Standard 1977
And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire;

Jubilee Bible 2000
His head and his hairs were white like white wool, as the snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire

King James 2000 Bible
His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

American King James Version
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

American Standard Version
And his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his head and his hairs were white, as white wool, and as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire,

Darby Bible Translation
his head and hair white like white wool, as snow; and his eyes as a flame of fire;

English Revised Version
And his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Webster's Bible Translation
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Weymouth New Testament
His head and His hair were white, like white wool--as white as snow; and His eyes resembled a flame of fire.

World English Bible
His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire.

Young's Literal Translation
and his head and hairs white, as if white wool -- as snow, and his eyes as a flame of fire;
Study Bible
John's Vision on Patmos
13and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe, with a golden sash around His chest. 14The hair of His head was white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like a blazing fire. 15His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters.…
Cross References
Daniel 7:9
"I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.

Daniel 10:6
His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.

Revelation 2:18
To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like a blazing fire and whose feet are like polished bronze.

Revelation 19:12
He has eyes like blazing fire, and many royal crowns on His head. He has a name written on Him that only He Himself knows.
Treasury of Scripture

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

and his hairs.

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days …

Matthew 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

and his eyes.

Revelation 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said …

Revelation 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; …

Daniel 10:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance …

(14) His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow.--The whiteness here is thought by some to be the token of the transfiguration in light of the glorified person of the Redeemer. "It is the glorious white which is the colour and livery of heaven." This doubtless is true; but it appears to me a mistake to say that there is no hint here of age. It is argued that the white hair of age is a token of decay, and that no such token would have place here; but surely this is straining a point, and making a mere emblem an argument. Age and youth alike have their glories; the glory of young men is their strength; the hoary head, too, the token of experience, dignity, authority, is the glory of age. Physically, white hair may be a sign of decay; typically it never is, else the effort to produce the appearance of it in the persons of monarchs and judges would never have been made. The white head is never in public sentiment other than the venerable sign of ripe knowledge, mature judgment, and solid wisdom; and as such it well betokens that full wisdom and authority which is wielded by the Ancient of Days, who, though always the same in the fresh dew of youth, is yet from everlasting, the captain of salvation, perfect through suffering, radiant in the glorious youthhood of heaven, venerable in that eternal wisdom and glory which He had with the Father before the world. (Comp. Daniel 7:9.) "He was one," Saadias Gaon beautifully says, "with the appearance of an old man, and like an old man full of mercies. His white hair, His white garments, indicated the pure, kind intentions He had to purify His people from their sins."

His eyes were as a flame of fire.--Comp. Revelation 19:12; Daniel 10:6. The eyes of the Lord, which are in every place, beholding the evil and the good, are here described as like unto fire, to express not merely indignation (He had looked once on the Jewish rulers in indignation) against evil, but determination to consume it; for our God is a consuming fire, purging away sin from those who forsake sin, and consuming in their sin those who refuse to be separated from it. (See Revelation 20:9; Daniel 7:9-10; Jude 1:7.)

Verse 14. - His head. From the garments of the great High Priest, St. John passes on to himself. What he had seen as a momentary foretaste of glory at the Transfiguration, he sees now as the abiding condition of the Christ. In Daniel 7:9 "the Ancient of days" has "the hair of his head like pure wool." This snowy whiteness is partly the brightness of heavenly glory, partly the majesty of the hoary head. The Christ appears to St. John as a son of man, but also as a "Divine Person invested with the attributes of eternity." As a flame of fire. "The Lord thy God is a consuming fire" (Deuteronomy 4:24). "I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins" (Jeremiah 17:10). The flame purifies the conscience and kindles the affections. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow,.... In allusion to the white head and hairs of old men, said to be hoary, or like the hoar frost, and compared to an almond tree in bloom, Ecclesiastes 12:5; and here to wool and snow for whiteness; see Ezekiel 27:18; and according to the Jews (p), , "white wool", is the wool of a lamb just born, about which a cloth is bound, that it may not be defiled; now these metaphors are expressive of the antiquity of Christ, who is the everlasting Father, and whose goings forth were of old, even from everlasting; and of his senile gravity and prudence, for with the Ancient is wisdom; he is the wisdom of God, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid; and also of his glory and majesty, being the brightness of his Father's glory; and likewise of his true and proper deity, since this description is the same with that of the Ancient of days in Daniel 7:9; for by his head is not here meant either God the Father, who is sometimes called the head of Christ, 1 Corinthians 11:3, nor his divine nature, which is the chief and principal in him, nor his headship over the church; nor do his hairs intend his elect, which grow upon him, and are nourished by him, and are so called for their number, weakness, and purity:

and his eyes were as a flame of fire: see Daniel 10:6; which may design the omniscience of Christ, which reaches to all persons, and things, and is very searching and penetrating, and discovers and brings to light things the most dark and obscure; and also Christ's eyes of love upon his own people, which have both heat and light; Christ's love never waxes cold, and, being shed abroad in the hearts of his people, warms theirs; and in the light of his gracious countenance do they see light; and his love, like flames of fire, melts their souls into a true and genuine repentance for sin: or else, rather his eyes of wrath and vengeance, as set upon his enemies, are here meant: which will be fierce and furious, bring swift and sudden destruction on them, before which there is no standing, and from which there is no fleeing. It is said of Augustus Caesar, that he had fiery eyes (q),

(p) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 54. 1. Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Sabbat, c. 5. sect. 2.((q) Servius in Virgil. Aeneid. l. 8. p. 13. 55. 14.—Greek, "But," or "And."

like wool—Greek, "like white wool." The color is the point of comparison; signifying purity and glory. (So in Isa 1:18). Not age, for hoary hairs are the sign of decay.

eyes … as … flame—all-searching and penetrating like fire: at the same time, also, implying consuming indignation against sin, especially at His coming "in flaming fire, taking vengeance" on all the ungodly, which is confirmed as the meaning here, by Re 19:11, 12.1:12-20 The churches receive their light from Christ and the gospel, and hold it forth to others. They are golden candlesticks; they should be precious and pure; not only the ministers, but the members of the churches; their light should so shine before men, as to engage others to give glory to God. And the apostle saw as though of the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in the midst of the golden candlesticks. He is with his churches always, to the end of the world, filling them with light, and life, and love. He was clothed with a robe down to the feet, perhaps representing his righteousness and priesthood, as Mediator. This vest was girt with a golden girdle, which may denote how precious are his love and affection for his people. His head and hairs white like wool and as snow, may signify his majesty, purity, and eternity. His eyes as a flame of fire, may represent his knowledge of the secrets of all hearts, and of the most distant events. His feet like fine brass burning in a furnace, may denote the firmness of his appointments, and the excellence of his proceedings. His voice as the sound of many waters, may represent the power of his word, to remove or to destroy. The seven stars were emblems of the ministers of the seven churches to which the apostle was ordered to write, and whom Christ upheld and directed. The sword represented his justice, and his word, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, Heb 4:12. His countenance was like the sun, when it shines clearly and powerfully; its strength too bright and dazzling for mortal eyes to behold. The apostle was overpowered with the greatness of the lustre and glory in which Christ appeared. We may well be contented to walk by faith, while here upon earth. The Lord Jesus spake words of comfort; Fear not. Words of instruction; telling who thus appeared. And his Divine nature; the First and the Last. His former sufferings; I was dead: the very same whom his disciples saw upon the cross. His resurrection and life; I have conquered death, and am partaker of endless life. His office and authority; sovereign dominion in and over the invisible world, as the Judge of all, from whose sentence there is no appeal. Let us listen to the voice of Christ, and receive the tokens of his love, for what can he withhold from those for whose sins he has died? May we then obey his word, and give up ourselves wholly to him who directs all things aright.
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