Revelation 10:3
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New International Version
and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.

New Living Translation
And he gave a great shout like the roar of a lion. And when he shouted, the seven thunders answered.

English Standard Version
and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded.

Berean Study Bible
Then he cried out in a loud voice like the roar of a lion. And when he cried out, the seven thunders sounded their voices.

Berean Literal Bible
And he cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars. And when he cried out, the seven thunders sounded their voice.

New American Standard Bible
and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.

King James Bible
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he cried out with a loud voice like a roaring lion. When he cried out, the seven thunders spoke with their voices.

International Standard Version
he shouted in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he shouted, the seven thunders spoke with voices of their own.

NET Bible
Then he shouted in a loud voice like a lion roaring, and when he shouted, the seven thunders sounded their voices.

New Heart English Bible
He shouted with a loud voice, as a lion roars. When he shouted, the seven thunders uttered their voices.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he shouted with a loud voice like a roaring lion, and when he shouted, seven thunders spoke with their voices.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he shouted in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he shouted, the seven thunders spoke with voices of their own.

New American Standard 1977
and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And cried out with a loud voice as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.

King James 2000 Bible
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

American King James Version
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

American Standard Version
and he cried with a great voice, as a lion roareth: and when he cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he cried with a loud voice as when a lion roareth. And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Darby Bible Translation
and cried with a loud voice as a lion roars. And when he cried, the seven thunders uttered their own voices.

English Revised Version
and he cried with a great voice, as a lion roareth: and when he cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices.

Webster's Bible Translation
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Weymouth New Testament
he cried out in a loud voice which resembled the roar of a lion. And when he had cried out, each of the seven peals of thunder uttered its own message.

World English Bible
He cried with a loud voice, as a lion roars. When he cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices.

Young's Literal Translation
and he cried with a great voice, as a lion doth roar, and when he cried, speak out did the seven thunders their voices;
Study Bible
The Angel and the Small Scroll
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. 4When the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to put it in writing. But I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”…
Cross References
Psalm 29:3
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters.

Isaiah 31:4
For thus says the LORD to me, "As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey, Against which a band of shepherds is called out, And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise, So will the LORD of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill."

Ezekiel 10:5
Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks.

Hosea 11:10
They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west.

Revelation 4:5
From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and rolls of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.
Treasury of Scripture

And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

loud.

Proverbs 19:12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as …

Isaiah 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: …

Isaiah 31:4 For thus has the LORD spoken to me, Like as the lion and the young …

Isaiah 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy …

Jeremiah 25:30 Therefore prophesy you against them all these words, and say to them, …

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; …

Amos 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from …

Amos 3:8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, …

seven.

Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, …

Revelation 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and …

Revelation 15:1,7 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels …

(3) And cried with a loud voice . . .--Better, and he cried with a loud voice, even as a lion roareth. Another token of the presence of Christ with the Church. The voice is the voice of a courage and strength derived from Him who is the "Lion of the tribe of Judah."

And when he had cried . . .--Translate, and when he cried, the seven thunders (notice, not seven thunders," but "the seven thunders") spake their own voices. The thunders are called the seven thunders to bring them before us as another order of sevens, and into harmony with the seven seals, the seven trumpets, the seven vials. Thus we have four sets of sevens. It was not a seven-fold peal of thunder, but seven thunders, which spake forth distinctly their own voices. This marked language brings the seven thunders, though their utterances are never revealed, into prominence as a portion of the Apocalyptic system. But what were these thunders? Were they more terrible judgments still? and did the sealing of them signify the shortening of the days of judgment, as Christ had said (Matthew 24:22)? It may be so. One thing seems certain--the guesses which have been hazarded (such as that they are identical with the trumpets; that they are the seven crusades) can hardly be admitted. Whatever they were, they were perfectly intelligible to the Evangelist. He was on the point of writing down their utterances. Will this fact help us to understand the general object of their introduction here?

Verse 3 - And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth; and be cried with a great voice, as a lion roareth (Revised Version). What the angel cried we are apparently not told. Probably the whole incident is intended merely to set forth the powerful and terrible nature of the messenger who is to deliver God's message. The figure is a very common one with the prophetical writers (cf. Isaiah 42:13; Jeremiah 25:30; Hosea 11:10; Joel 3:16; Amos 1:2; Amos 3:8). And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices; and when he cried, the seven, etc. (Revised Version). This, again, is a repetition of the idea contained in the preceding clause. The Jews were accustomed to call thunder the seven voices, and to regard it as the voice of the Lord (cf. the repetition in Psalm 29.), in the same way that they regarded lightning as the fire of God (Job 1:16). We have, therefore, most probably, a national idea of the Jews, made use of to express the simple fact of the loud and mighty character of the utterance of the angel (cf. the note on Euphrates in Revelation 9:14). If this be so, it is unnecessary to seek for any more subtle interpretation of the seven thunders, as that they represent the seven crusades (Vitringa), etc. And cried with a loud voice,.... That all might hear, and to show earnestness and affection, and that it was a matter of great importance, as well as to denote the certainty of it; what he said is not expressed, but seems to be the book of prophecy, or what regarded the state of his church and kingdom, in the several periods of time to the blowing of the seventh trumpet, when the kingdoms of this world shall become his: and this voice of his was

as when a lion roareth; loud and terrible; and indeed it was the voice of the lion of the tribe of Judah, which was heard far and near, throughout the whole world, by his people, and is terrible to his enemies:

and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices; which some understand of the ministers of the Gospel in the times of the Reformation, who were "Boanergeses", sons of thunder, and think that they are the same with the angels in Revelation 14:6, &c. or rather these may signify the denunciations of God's judgments, and of his wrath, both upon the eastern and western antichrist, the Turk and pope, signified by the seven vials, hereafter to be poured out, mentioned in Revelation 16:1. 3. as … lion—Christ, whom the angel represents, is often so symbolized (Re 5:5, "the Lion of the tribe of Juda").

seven thunders—Greek, "the seven thunders." They form part of the Apocalyptic symbolism; and so are marked by the article as well known. Thus thunderings marked the opening of the seventh seal (Re 8:1, 5); so also at the seventh vial (Re 16:17, 18). Wordsworth calls this the prophetic use of the article; "the thunders, of which more hereafter." Their full meaning shall be only known at the grand consummation marked by the seventh seal, the seventh trumpet (Re 11:19), and the seventh vial.

uttered their—Greek, "spake their own voices"; that is, voices peculiarly their own, and not now revealed to men.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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