Revelation 10:2
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New International Version
He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,

New Living Translation
And in his hand was a small scroll that had been opened. He stood with his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land.

English Standard Version
He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land,

Berean Study Bible
He held in his hand a small scroll, which lay open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land.

Berean Literal Bible
and having in his hand a little scroll being open. And he placed his right foot upon the sea, and the left upon the earth.

New American Standard Bible
and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;

King James Bible
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he had a little scroll opened in his hand. He put his right foot on the sea, his left on the land,

International Standard Version
He held a small, opened scroll in his hand. Setting his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,

NET Bible
He held in his hand a little scroll that was open, and he put his right foot on the sea and his left on the land.

New Heart English Bible
He had in his hand a little open scroll. He set his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he had a small scroll opened in his hand and he placed his right foot on the Sea, but the left on The Earth;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He held a small, opened scroll in his hand. He set his right foot on the sea and his left on the land.

New American Standard 1977
and he had in his hand a little book which was open. And he placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he had in his hand a little open book, and he set his right foot upon the sea and his left foot upon the land

King James 2000 Bible
And he had in his hand a little scroll open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

American King James Version
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

American Standard Version
and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left upon the earth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
and having in his hand a little opened book. And he set his right foot on the sea, and the left upon the earth,

English Revised Version
and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left upon the earth;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Weymouth New Testament
In his hand he held a small scroll unrolled; and, planting his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,

World English Bible
He had in his hand a little open book. He set his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land.

Young's Literal Translation
and he had in his hand a little scroll opened, and he did place his right foot upon the sea, and the left upon the land,
Study Bible
The Angel and the Small Scroll
1Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head. His face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. 2He held in his hand a small scroll, which lay open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land. 3Then he cried out in a loud voice like the roar of a lion. And when he cried out, the seven thunders sounded their voices.…
Cross References
Revelation 5:1
Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One seated on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.

Revelation 10:5
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven.

Revelation 10:8
Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, "Go, take the small scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel standing on the sea and on the land."
Treasury of Scripture

And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

a little.

Revelation 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; …

Revelation 5:1-5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book …

Revelation 6:1,3 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as …

Ezekiel 2:9,10 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent to me; and, see, a roll …

he set.

Revelation 10:5,8 And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted …

Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, …

Psalm 65:5 By terrible things in righteousness will you answer us, O God of …

Proverbs 8:15,16 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice…

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Philippians 2:10,11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, …

Verse 2. - And he had in his hand a little book open. Ἔχων, "having," is read in א, A, B, C, P; εἴχεν, "he had," in a few cursives, the Vulgate, Andreas, Arethas, Primasius. The meaning is the same. The word βιβλαρίδιον, "little book," is a diminutive of βιβλίον (Revelation 5:1), which is itself a diminutive of βίβλος. This form of the word is found nowhere else; the corresponding usual form is βιβλιδαρίον. The book is probably little in comparison with that in Revelation 5:1. The latter contained all God's purposes, and the seer was not permitted to read it - only part was indicated to him. This book contains only a small portion of God's methods of dealing with man, and St. John is commanded to receive the whole. The contents are indicated in ver. 11 and the following chapter. The book is open, as a sign that what is contained therein is to be revealed. Bede thinks the New Testament is signified by it; Wordsworth sees in it the spiritual power of Rome; Hengstenberg considers that it contains the judgment of the degenerate Church. And he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth. Thus it is indicated that the revelation which is to follow affects the whole world, and is not partial in its operation, as were the judgments set forth under the earlier trumpets. Wordsworth (following Hengstenberg) sees in the earth an emblem of worldly power, and in the sea a symbol of the agitation and turbulence of nations. And he had in his hand a little book open,.... By which is meant not the Bible, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament; or the book of the Gospel, the substance of which lies in a little room, and is no other than the preaching of Christ, and him crucified, as God's way of salvation; and which is now more open and manifest, and more clearly made known unto the sons of men, under the Gospel dispensation, than it was before, and especially since the time of the Reformation, to which this book, and the prophecies of it, may have respect; but the same book is here designed, which in Revelation 5:1 is represented as in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, as shut and sealed; but the lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb in the midst of the throne, having taken it out of his hand, unloosed its seals, and opened it; and whereas we never read of his laying this book down, or of his delivering it to any other, he may be well supposed to be this mighty angel, who held it open in his hand: it may be said to be "a little book", because now not only many of the scenes and visions in it were exhibited, upon the opening of the seals; but because, at the time this vision refers to, many of its prophecies were accomplished, so that the bulk of it was greatly reduced; and it may be represented as "open", because the seals of it were unloosed, and the things in it revealed; and it is to be observed, that as the several seals of this book, and the opening of them, refer to the state of the empire, both as Pagan and as Christian, as has been seen; so the little book itself, clear of these seals, sets forth the state and condition of the church in the empire, under its different revolutions and appearances:

and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth; which signifies that he was Lord and possessor of both, of the whole terraqueous globe, being the Maker and supporter of it; and that his Gospel should be spread all over the world, both on the continent and in the islands of the sea; and that his kingdom should be from sea to sea, and from the rivers to the ends of the earth; that the abundance of the sea should be converted to him, or the maritime parts of the world should be subject to the sceptre of his grace and government; and that the earth, and the uttermost parts of it, should be his possession, though it was now almost wholly in the hands of the Turk and pope; and it may be observed, that he set his foot upon both earth and sea, out of which the two beasts arise, Revelation 13:1, which shall be destroyed by him. 2. he had—Greek, "Having."

in his hand—in his left hand: as in Re 10:5 (see on [2699]Re 10:5), he lifts up his right hand to heaven.

a little book—a roll little in comparison with the "book" (Re 5:1) which contained the whole vast scheme of God's purposes, not to be fully read till the final consummation. This other, a less book, contained only a portion which John was now to make his own (Re 10:9, 11), and then to use in prophesying to others. The New Testament begins with the word "book" (Greek, "biblus"), of which "the little book" (Greek, "biblaridion") is the diminutive, "the little bible," the Bible in miniature.

upon the sea … earth—Though the beast with seven heads is about to arise out of the sea (Re 13:1), and the beast with two horns like a lamb (Re 13:11) out of the earth, yet it is but for a time, and that time shall no longer be (Re 10:6, 7) when once the seventh trumpet is about to sound; the angel with his right foot on the sea, and his left on the earth, claims both as God's, and as about soon to be cleared of the usurper and his followers.10:1-7 The apostle saw another representation. The person communicating this discovery probably was our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, or it was to show his glory. He veils his glory, which is too great for mortal eyes to behold; and throws a veil upon his dispensations. A rainbow was upon his head; our Lord is always mindful of his covenant. His awful voice was echoed by seven thunders; solemn and terrible ways of discovering the mind of God. We know not the subjects of the seven thunders, nor the reasons for suppressing them. There are great events in history, perhaps relating to the Christian church, which are not noticed in open prophecy. The final salvation of the righteous, and the final success of true religion on earth, are engaged for by the unfailing word of the Lord. Though the time may not be yet, it cannot be far distant. Very soon, as to us, time will be no more; but if we are believers, a happy eternity will follow: we shall from heaven behold and rejoice in the triumphs of Christ, and his cause on earth.
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