Revelation 10:11
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New International Version
Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings."

New Living Translation
Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings."

English Standard Version
And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”

Berean Study Bible
And they told me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples and nations and tongues and kings."

Berean Literal Bible
And they say to me, "It is necessary for you to prophesy again concerning many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings."

New American Standard Bible
And they said to me, "You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings."

King James Bible
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings."

International Standard Version
Then the seven thunders told me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings."

NET Bible
Then they told me: "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings."

New Heart English Bible
They told me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to me, “A time is given to you again to prophesy unto the nations and peoples and languages and many Kings.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The seven thunders told me, "Again you must speak what God has revealed in front of many people, nations, languages, and kings."

New American Standard 1977
And they said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again as to many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto me, you must prophesy again about many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

American King James Version
And he said to me, You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

American Standard Version
And they say unto me, Thou must prophesy again over many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to me: Thou must prophesy again to many nations, and peoples, and tongues, and kings.

Darby Bible Translation
And it was said to me, Thou must prophesy again as to peoples and nations and tongues and many kings.

English Revised Version
And they say unto me, Thou must prophesy again over many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and languages, and kings.

Weymouth New Testament
And a voice said to me, "You must prophesy yet further concerning peoples, nations, languages, and many kings."

World English Bible
They told me, "You must prophesy again over many peoples, nations, languages, and kings."

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith to me, 'It behoveth thee again to prophesy about peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings -- many.'
Study Bible
The Angel and the Small Scroll
10So I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it; and it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned bitter. 11And they told me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”
Cross References
Ezekiel 37:4
Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.'

Ezekiel 37:9
Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life."'"

Revelation 5:9
And they sang a new song: "Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

Revelation 10:10
So I took the small scroll from the angel's hand and ate it; and it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned bitter.

Revelation 11:1
Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers there.

Revelation 11:9
For three and a half days all peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will view their bodies and will not permit them to be laid in a tomb.

Revelation 17:10
There are also seven kings. Five are fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.

Revelation 17:12
The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive one hour of authority as kings, along with the beast.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to me, You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Thou.

Revelation 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall …

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting …

Revelation 17:15 And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, …

Jeremiah 1:9,10 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD …

Jeremiah 25:15-30 For thus said the LORD God of Israel to me; Take the wine cup of …

(11) And he . . .--Better, And they (not "he," as in the English version, but they say: an equivalent for "It was said,") say to me, Thou must again prophesy concerning (or, with regard to) peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings many. He is told that the bitterness will arise in connection with his prophecies with regard to peoples and kings. This carries us on to the vision in the next chapter, where the two witnesses stand so solitary, and prophesy so mightily, yet so vainly, among men. He will have to tell the story of churches and peoples, priests and princes, unmindful of their high calling and their allegiance to their true king, and of their hatred of God's mightiest and purest witnesses. The end, indeed, will come. The Church will be victorious. The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of Christ: but it will be through persecutions, apostasies, judgments. This is the sad vision he must describe. The interposed visions will answer the question, "What has the Church been doing?" but it will show how she has done that work, distressed by heresies, crippled by worldliness, trodden down by enemies, and, worse than enemies, foes veiled as friends. But this very vision will lead to the unfolding of the more truly spiritual aspects of the Church's work, and of that conflict in which she contends with the multiform spirit and power of evil. Thus will he prophesy of peoples and kings many.

Verse 11. - And he said unto me. Λὲγουσιν, "they say," is read in א, A, B, and thirty cursives, and is adopted in the Revised Version. λέγει, "he saith," is found in P and seventeen cursives. Λέγουσιν leaves the speakers quite indefinite, amounting, in fact, to no more than" it was said" (Alford); cf. τρέφωσιν in Revelation 12:6; also Daniel 7:5. 13. Thou must prophesy again. Thou retest, because it is laid upon thee by God's command. It is to be done again, because the seer has already to some extent set forth God's will in the earlier part of the book; and he is now required to proceed with the delivery of his message. "Prophesy" (as in Revelation 11:3) has rather its literal than its derived meaning. It is the telling forth of God's purposes, and may refer to past as well as present or future events. The sentence refers to the announcements made in the following part of the Apocalypse (vide infra). Bede and others take it to mean the Gospel of St. John, which was, perhaps, afterwards composed (see Introduction). Victorinus thinks it points to the period of St. John's return from Patmos to Ephesus, where the Apocalypse may have been published. Before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings; concerning many peoples, etc. (ἐπί, with dative). These are the objects of the prophecy, not the audience. This serves to explain the reference in the preceding sentence. The message is not delivered to, but about peoples, etc. The fourfold enumeration seems to point to the breadth of the signification - it embraces the whole of mankind (cf. Revelation 5:9). This is the end of what is called by many writers the first episode; the second follows. The incident is often alluded to as the "new commission" of St. John; but it seems less a new commission than a solemn re-enactment of the command delivered in Revelation 1.



And he said unto me,.... That is, the angel, from whom John received the little book; the Alexandrian copy reads, "they said unto me": both the voice of God the Father from heaven, that bid him take the book, and the angel that bid him eat it:

thou must prophesy again before many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings; which is to be understood not of John's preaching again to many people, and nations, after his return from his exile at Patmos, as he had done before his banishment thither; and much less of his prophesying along with Enoch and Elias, towards the end of the world, grounded upon two fabulous notions, the one that Enoch and Elias will appear in person before the coming of Christ, and the other, that John died not, but is still alive somewhere, and will continue till Christ's second coming; but rather of his delivering more prophecies out of the open little book; not "before", as we render it, but either "concerning" many people, nations, tongues, and kings, as the Syriac version renders it: or "against" them, that is, those people, multitudes, nations, and tongues, over which the whore of Babylon reigns, or has reigned, and the ten kings, and kings of the earth she rules over, Revelation 17:12. Moreover, this may not so much design John's prophesying in person, as the prophesying: of the witnesses or ministers of the word in the several periods of time, whom John personated and represented; and of whom mention is made in the next chapter, to which this seems to be a transition. 11. he said—A, B, and Vulgate read, "they say unto me"; an indefinite expression for "it was said unto me."

Thou must—The obligation lies upon thee, as the servant of God, to prophesy at His command.

again—as thou didst already in the previous part of this book of Revelation.

before, etc.—rather as Greek (epilaois), "concerning many peoples," etc., namely, in their relation to the Church. The eating of the book, as in Ezekiel's case, marks John's inauguration to his prophetical office—here to a fresh stage in it, namely, the revealing of the things which befall the holy city and the Church of God—the subject of the rest of the book. 10:8-11 Most men feel pleasure in looking into future events, and all good men like to receive a word from God. But when this book of prophecy was thoroughly digested by the apostle, the contents would be bitter; there were things so awful and terrible, such grievous persecutions of the people of God, such desolations in the earth, that the foresight and foreknowledge of them would be painful to his mind. Let us seek to be taught by Christ, and to obey his orders; daily meditating on his word, that it may nourish our souls; and then declaring it according to our several stations. The sweetness of such contemplations will often be mingled with bitterness, while we compare the Scriptures with the state of the world and the church, or even with that of our own hearts.
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