Revelation 14:16
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New International Version
So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

New Living Translation
So the one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the whole earth was harvested.

English Standard Version
So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Berean Study Bible
So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

Berean Literal Bible
And the One sitting upon the cloud put forth His sickle upon the earth, and the earth was harvested.

New American Standard Bible
Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

King James Bible
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

International Standard Version
The one who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was harvested.

NET Bible
So the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

New Heart English Bible
He who sat on the cloud thrust his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he who sat on the cloud thrust his sickle unto The Earth and The Earth was reaped.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who sat on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the harvesting of the earth was completed.

New American Standard 1977
And He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he that was seated on the cloud thrust in his sickle upon the earth; and the earth was reaped.

King James 2000 Bible
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

American King James Version
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

American Standard Version
And he that sat on the cloud cast his sickle upon the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that sat on the cloud thrust his sickle into the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Darby Bible Translation
And he that sat on the cloud put his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

English Revised Version
And he that sat on the cloud cast his sickle upon the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Weymouth New Testament
Then He who sat on the cloud flung His sickle on the earth, and the earth had its harvest reaped.

World English Bible
He who sat on the cloud thrust his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who is sitting upon the cloud did put forth his sickle upon the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Study Bible
The Harvest of the Earth
15Then another angel came out of the temple, calling in a loud voice to the One seated on the cloud, “Swing Your sickle and reap, because the time has come to harvest; for the crop of the earth is ripe.” 16So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. 17Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.…
Cross References
Revelation 14:15
Then another angel came out of the temple, calling in a loud voice to the One seated on the cloud, "Swing Your sickle and reap, because the time has come to harvest; for the crop of the earth is ripe."

Revelation 14:17
Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.
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Verse 16. - And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. "Cast his sickle;" not the same verb as that in ver. 15, but which, nevertheless, has the same signification (cf. the use of this verb in John 20:25, 27). There are two gatherings described in this place:

(1) the harvest of the earth by the Son of man;

(2) the gathering of the vintage by the angel.

On the whole, it seems probable that the first refers to the selection by Christ of the faithful at the end of the world, while the secured describes the ingathering of the wicked for punishment immediately afterwards. This agrees with the general tenor of the whole chapter, viz, a portrayal of the opposite fates in store for the faithful and the wicked. The description thus corresponds with the account of the end of the world given in Revelation 7, with which chapter this one has so much in common (see on the first verses of the present chapter). In Revelation 7. the saints are first selected and sealed, before the wicked meet their doom. Thus, also, the judgment is described by our Lord in his parables of the wheat and the tares, and the sheep and the goats. This accounts also for the first gathering being presided over by the Son of man, while the second is conducted by an angel. The punishment in connection with the vintage seems to distinguish it from the first harvest. This also corresponds to the announcements of the former angels, who first preach the everlasting gospel, and afterwards denounce those who serve the beast (vers. 6-11). And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth,.... He put forth, and made use of that power which he had in his hand, in answer to the entreaty of the angel, the time being fully come which was fixed for this great event:

and the earth was reaped; and the harvest of it was got in; reaping and harvest sometimes are used in an ill sense, and design the wrath of God, and his judgments inflicted upon men; see Isaiah 17:5. Hence some think, that both this and the vintage following intend the judgments of God upon antichrist, and that they are contemporary with the pouring out of the fifth and sixth vials upon the beast and his followers; and the rather, since the destruction of Babylon, literally taken, is expressed in such language, Jeremiah 51:33 though these seem to have respect to times after the fall of the Romish Babylon, before declared in Revelation 14:8 and most interpreters refer the harvest to the last judgment at the end of the world; and which sense is greatly countenanced, and to be illustrated by the parable of the tares and wheat, in Matthew 13:30 sometimes these phrases are used in a good sense, and intend the gathering in of souls by the preaching of the Gospel; as there are the appointed weeks of the harvest, so there is a time fixed for the calling and conversion of God's elect; and when this time is come, and especially to any number of them in any particular place, it is an harvest, as in Galilee and Samaria in the times of Christ, Matthew 9:37 the reapers are the ministers of the Gospel; such were the apostles of Christ, John 4:36 and the sickle is the Gospel, by which not only men are cut to the heart, and cut down, and removed from their old bottom, and principles and practices, but are gathered to Christ, and into his churches; and when large numbers are brought in, it is an harvest time, as in the times of Christ and his apostles; see Isaiah 9:1 hence some interpreters think that the harvest here has respect to the Reformation, which followed upon the preaching of Luther, Calvin, and others, when a large harvest of souls were gathered in, in Germany, France, England, and elsewhere; but rather it may be thought to refer to the conversion of the Jews, and the bringing in the fulness of the Gentiles in the latter day, in the spiritual reign of Christ, to which the preceding visions belong, as we have seen; the earth will be reaped indeed, and a great harvest it will be, when a nation shall be born at once, and the vast multitudes of the Gentiles shall be brought in, as in Isaiah 66:8 and the rather this may be judged to be the meaning of it, since the passage from whence these phrases are borrowed respects the bringing again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, Joel 3:1 though it seems best to understand it of the Lord's wheat harvest at the end of the world, when the wheat of the earth shall be reaped, and gathered into Christ's barn, or garner, or into his and his Father's kingdom; this reaping of the earth is the removing of the saints out of it, not by death, but by the resurrection of them from the dead; for when Christ shall come in the clouds of heaven, and sit on the white cloud, or throne, the dead in him will rise first, and the living saints will be changed, and both will be caught up together, to meet the Lord in the air; so that the earth will be reaped, and be clear of them, and there will be none left in it but the wicked of the world; and what will become of them is declared in the following verses, under the representation of a vintage. 16. thrust in—Greek, "cast."14:14-20 Warnings and judgments not having produced reformation, the sins of the nations are filled up, and they become ripe for judgments, represented by a harvest, an emblem which is used to signify the gathering of the righteous, when ripe for heaven, by the mercy of God. The harvest time is when the corn is ripe; when the believers are ripe for heaven, then the wheat of the earth shall be gathered into Christ's garner. And by a vintage. The enemies of Christ and his church are not destroyed, till by their sin they are ripe for ruin, and then he will spare them no longer. The wine-press is the wrath of God, some terrible calamity, probably the sword, shedding the blood of the wicked. The patience of God towards sinners, is the greatest miracle in the world; but, though lasting, it will not be everlasting; and ripeness in sin is a sure proof of judgment at hand.
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