Revelation 4:9
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New International Version
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,

New Living Translation
Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever),

English Standard Version
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

New American Standard Bible
And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever,

King James Bible
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever,

International Standard Version
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

NET Bible
And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when these four beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him who sits upon the throne and to The One Living to the eternity of eternities, amen,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, to the one who lives forever and ever,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when those animals give glory and honour and praise to the one that is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever,

King James 2000 Bible
And when those living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him that sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

American King James Version
And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever,

American Standard Version
And when the living creatures shall give glory and honor and thanks to him that sitteth on the throne, to him that liveth for ever and ever,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when those living creatures gave glory, and honour, and benediction to him that sitteth on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever;

Darby Bible Translation
And when the living creatures shall give glory and honour and thanksgiving to him that sits upon the throne, who lives to the ages of ages,

English Revised Version
And when the living creatures shall give glory and honour and thanks to him that sitteth on the throne, to him that liveth for ever and ever,

Webster's Bible Translation
And when those living beings give glory, and honor, and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

Weymouth New Testament
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who is seated on the throne, and lives until the Ages of the Ages,

World English Bible
When the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to him who sits on the throne, to him who lives forever and ever,

Young's Literal Translation
and when the living creatures do give glory, and honour, and thanks, to Him who is sitting upon the throne, who is living to the ages of the ages,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:9-11 All true believers wholly ascribe their redemption and conversion, their present privileges and future hopes, to the eternal and most holy God. Thus rise the for-ever harmonious, thankful songs of the redeemed in heaven. Would we on earth do like them, let our praises be constant, not interrupted; united, not divided; thankful, not cold and formal; humble, not self-confident.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - And when those beasts give; or, and as often as the living belongs shall give. The expression has a frequentative force, and also points to a continued repetition of the act in the future; perhaps a contrast to the past, since before the redemption the Church, as being of the whole world, could not join in the adoration. Glory and honour and thanks. The Eucharistic hymn recognizes the glory and honour which are the inseparable attributes of God, and renders the thanks due to him from his creation. To him that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever; or, to him sitting on the throne. The Triune God (see on ver. 2). "Who liveth forever and ever" declares that attribute which was ascribed to God, in the song of the living beings, by the words, "which was, and is, and is to come" (see on ver. 8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when these beasts give glory,.... When they give God the glory of all his perfections, covenant, and promises, and of all the gifts and grace bestowed on them, and of the success of their ministry; and in it glorify Father, Son, and Spirit, who bear their respective parts in the business of salvation; and ascribe to each their due glory in election, redemption, and sanctification:

and honour; in the several parts of religious worship performed by them; and not with their lips only, but with their hearts also:

and thanks; for all blessings, temporal and spiritual, bestowed on them, and on the saints: even

to him that sat on the throne; God the Father, Revelation 4:3;

who liveth for ever and ever; he who is the living God, and will always continue so.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9-11. The ground of praise here is God's eternity, and God's power and glory manifested in the creation of all things for His pleasure. Creation is the foundation of all God's other acts of power, wisdom, and love, and therefore forms the first theme of His creatures' thanksgivings. The four living creatures take the lead of the twenty-four elders, both in this anthem, and in that new song which follows on the ground of their redemption (Re 5:8-10).

when—that is, whensoever: as often as. A simultaneous giving of glory on the part of the beasts, and on the part of the elders.

give—"shall give" in one oldest manuscript.

for ever and ever—Greek, "unto the ages of the ages."

Revelation 4:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Worship of the Creator
8And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME." 9And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:40
I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,

Psalm 47:8
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.

Isaiah 6:1
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Daniel 4:34
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

Daniel 12:7
The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, "It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed."

Revelation 1:18
I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Revelation 4:2
At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.

Revelation 4:8
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come."

Revelation 5:1
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.

Revelation 6:16
They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

Revelation 7:15
Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

Revelation 10:6
And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay!

Revelation 15:7
Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.

Revelation 21:5
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
Treasury of Scripture

And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever,

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Revelation 5:13,14 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under …

Revelation 7:11,12 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders …

who.

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

Revelation 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell …

Revelation 10:6 And swore by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, …

Revelation 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven golden …

Exodus 15:18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even to death.

Hebrews 7:8,25 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receives them, …

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