Revelation 19:16
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New International Version
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.

New Living Translation
On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

English Standard Version
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

New American Standard Bible
And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

King James Bible
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

International Standard Version
On his robe that covers his thigh he has a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

NET Bible
He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: "King of kings and Lord of lords."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he has on his garment over his thigh the name written: “The King of Kings and The Lord of Power.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On his clothes and his thigh he has a name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

King James 2000 Bible
And he has on his robe and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

American King James Version
And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

American Standard Version
And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KINGS OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he hath on his garment, and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Darby Bible Translation
And he has upon his garment, and upon his thigh, a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

English Revised Version
And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Weymouth New Testament
And on His outer garment and on His thigh He has a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

World English Bible
He has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

Young's Literal Translation
and he hath upon the garment and upon his thigh the name written, 'King of kings, and Lord of lords.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:11-21 Christ, the glorious Head of the church, is described as on a white horse, the emblem of justice and holiness. He has many crowns, for he is King of kings, and Lord of lords. He is arrayed in a vesture dipped in his own blood, by which he purchased his power as Mediator; and in the blood of his enemies, over whom he always prevails. His name is The Word of God; a name none fully knows but himself; only this we know, that this Word was God manifest in the flesh; but his perfections cannot be fully understood by any creature. Angels and saints follow, and are like Christ in their armour of purity and righteousness. The threatenings of the written word he is going to execute on his enemies. The ensigns of his authority are his name; asserting his authority and power, warning the most powerful princes to submit, or they must fall before him. The powers of earth and hell make their utmost effort. These verses declare important events, foretold by the prophets. These persons were not excused because they did what their leaders bade them. How vain will be the plea of many sinners at the great day! We followed our guides; we did as we saw others do! God has given a rule to walk by, in his word; neither the example of the most, nor of the chief, must influence us contrary thereto: if we do as the most do, we must go where the most go, even into the burning lake.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written. What this means is doubtful. The following suggestions have been made:

(1) The name, written at length, is written partly upon the vesture and partly upon the thigh itself, where the garment would (in an equestrian figure) fall away from the thigh (Alford).

(2) The name is written on the vesture, even (καί) on that part of it which covers the thigh (De Wette, Dusterdieck, Hengstenberg).

(3) On the thigh, as the place where the sword usually hangs.

(4) A reference to the custom of engraving the name of the artist upon the thigh of a statue (Cic., 'Verr.,' 4:43; see Wetstein). KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. As in Revelation 17:14 (but inverted), where, as here, it portrays the victorious career of Christ over the "kings of the earth."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,.... This name, afterwards expressed, is said to be written on his vesture, in allusion to the custom of persons of note and eminence having their names interwoven in their garments, and which was sometimes done in letters of gold, as Zeuxis had (t); and it is expressive of the conspicuousness of Christ's kingdom, which now will come with observation; his judgments, the administrations of his kingly office, will be manifest, and he will reign before his ancients gloriously: and its being said to be written on his thigh may mean either that it was upon that part of his garment which covered his thigh; or else that it was also on his sword, which he sometimes girt upon his thigh. Mr. Daubuz has given an instance out of Victor Vitensis, of Clementianus, a monk, who had written on his thigh,

""a manichee" disciple of Jesus Christ.''

And this being done in Africa, he supposes it to be a Phoenician custom continued. It may here denote the perpetuity of Christ's name, power, and dominion, which will continue to the latest posterity, Psalm 72:17 which spring from the thigh; and it may denote the subjection of his people to him, signified by the putting the hand under the thigh, Genesis 24:2. And this name is

King of kings and Lord of lords; which will well suit him now when he shall be openly King over all the earth; See Gill on Revelation 17:14.

(t) Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 35. c. 9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. "His name written on His vesture and on His thigh," was written partly on the vesture, partly on the thigh itself, at the part where in an equestrian figure the robe drops from the thigh. The thigh symbolizes Christ's humanity as having come, after the flesh, from the loins of David, and now appearing as the glorified "Son of man." On the other hand, His incommunicable divine name, "which no man knew," is on His head (Re 19:12), [Menochius].

KING OF KINGS—Compare Re 17:14, in contrast with Re 19:17, the beast being in attempted usurpation a king of kings, the ten kings delivering their kingdom to him.

Revelation 19:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Rider on the White Horse
15From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.

Psalm 89:27
And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.

Matthew 25:40
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

1 Timothy 6:15
which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

Revelation 1:5
and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,

Revelation 2:17
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

Revelation 17:14
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

Revelation 19:12
His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
Treasury of Scripture

And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

on his vesture.

Revelation 19:12,13 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; …

KING.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

Psalm 72:11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

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

Daniel 2:47 The king answered to Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your …

Philippians 2:9-11 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is …

1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, …

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