Revelation 5:2
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New International Version
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"

New Living Translation
And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: "Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?"

English Standard Version
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

New American Standard Bible
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?"

King James Bible
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"

International Standard Version
I also saw a powerful angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"

NET Bible
And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I saw another mighty Angel preaching with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I saw a powerful angel calling out in a loud voice, "Who deserves to open the scroll and break the seals on it?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I saw a strong angel preaching with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book and to loose its seals?

King James 2000 Bible
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to loose the seals thereof?

American King James Version
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

American Standard Version
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I saw a strong angel, proclaiming with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Darby Bible Translation
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who [is] worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?

English Revised Version
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Webster's Bible Translation
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose its seals?

Weymouth New Testament
And I saw a mighty angel who was exclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and break its seals?"

World English Bible
I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?"

Young's Literal Translation
and I saw a strong messenger crying with a great voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose the seals of it?'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-7 The apostle saw in the hand of Him that sat upon the throne, a roll of parchments in the form usual in those times, and sealed with seven seals. This represented the secret purposes of God about to be revealed. The designs and methods of Divine Providence, toward the church and the world, are stated, fixed, and made a matter of record. The counsels of God are altogether hidden from the eye and understanding of the creature. The several parts are not unsealed and opened at once, but after each other, till the whole mystery of God's counsel and conduct is finished in the world. The creatures cannot open it, nor read it; the Lord only can do so. Those who see most of God, are most desirous to see more; and those who have seen his glory, desire to know his will. But even good men may be too eager and hasty to look into the mysteries of the Divine conduct. Such desires, if not soon answered, turn to grief and sorrow. If John wept much because he could not look into the book of God's decrees, what reason have many to shed floods of tears for their ignorance of the gospel of Christ! of that on which everlasting salvation depends! We need not weep that we cannot foresee future events respecting ourselves in this world; the eager expectation of future prospects, or the foresight of future calamities, would alike unfit us for present duties and conflicts, or render our prosperous days distressing. Yet we may desire to learn, from the promises and prophecies of Scripture, what will be the final event to believers and to the church; and the Incarnate Son has prevailed, that we should learn all that we need to know. Christ stands as Mediator between God and both ministers and people. He is called a Lion, but he appears as a Lamb slain. He appears with the marks of his sufferings, to show that he pleads for us in heaven, in virtue of his satisfaction. He appears as a Lamb, having seven horns and seven eyes; perfect power to execute all the will of God, and perfect wisdom to understand it, and to do it in the most effectual manner. The Father put the book of his eternal counsels into the hand of Christ, and Christ readily and gladly took it into his hand; for he delights to make known the will of his Father; and the Holy Spirit is given by him to reveal the truth and will of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - And I saw (see on ver. 1). A strong angel; ἰσχυρόν, rendered "mighty" in Revelation 10:1. Possibly, as De Wette and others think, so called because of higher rank - De Lyra says Gabriel; but probably on account of the great voice, which sounded "as a lion roareth" (Revelation 10:3). Proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? with a great voice. "Worthy" is ἄξιος, fit morally, as in John 1:27.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,.... This was not the uncreated angel, Jesus Christ; for he is after spoken of as the lion of the tribe of Judah, and as the Lamb in the midst of the throne, but a created one; though who he was, whether Gabriel, as some say, because his name signifies the strong or mighty One of God, is not material to be known; angels are said to be mighty, and to excel in strength: this is called so here, chiefly with respect to his voice, which he, by reason of his great strength, exerted so loudly, as to be heard by all the creatures in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth however, this was not John the Baptist, but if a minister of the Gospel, rather some one since, making the following proclamation:

who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? suggesting, that if there was any such person, that he was desired to come, and do it; and it seems, that he must not only be one of power and ability, but of dignity and authority, a person of greatness and worth, from whence his ability arises; as he ought to be that can engage his heart to draw nigh to God, and take a book out of his right hand, this mysterious book of the Revelation, as it was indeed while sealed; and open and explain it to others, unseal it or exhibit it, as it afterwards was in the following scenes and visions, and gave a view of all that is contained in it; and not only so, but fulfil and accomplish all the prophecies in it; and who can, or is worthy to do all this, but he that sits at the right hand of God, and who is God as well as man? and this proclamation was made to stir up an earnest desire in John, and all the saints he represents, to know what was in this book; and to show the impotence of all creatures to make any discovery of it; and to illustrate, and set off with a greater foil, the glory, excellency, ability, and worth of Jesus Christ. There seems to be an allusion to the president of the temple calling to the priests under him, to attend to the several parts of service assigned them, saying unto them, , "whosoever is worthy, let him" do so and so (c).

(c) Misna Tamid, c. 1. sect. 4. & c. 5. sect. 4. 5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. strong—(Ps 103:20). His voice penetrated heaven, earth, and Hades (Re 10:1-3).

Revelation 5:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Book with Seven Seals
1I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?" 3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.…
Cross References
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 10:1
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.

Revelation 18:21
Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.
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