Revelation 6:14
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New International Version
The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

New Living Translation
The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.

English Standard Version
The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

New American Standard Bible
The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

King James Bible
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the sky separated like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island was moved from its place.

International Standard Version
The sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.

NET Bible
The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Heavens were parted like scrolls being rolled up, and every hill and all the islands were moved from their places.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up. Every mountain and island was moved from its place.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

King James 2000 Bible
And the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

American King James Version
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

American Standard Version
And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the heaven departed as a book folded up: and every mountain, and the islands were moved out of their places.

Darby Bible Translation
And the heaven was removed as a book rolled up, and every mountain and island were removed out of their places.

English Revised Version
And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and isle were moved out of their places.

Weymouth New Testament
The sky too passed away, as if a scroll were being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

World English Bible
The sky was removed like a scroll when it is rolled up. Every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Young's Literal Translation
and heaven departed as a scroll rolled up, and every mountain and island -- out of their places they were moved;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:12-17 When the sixth seal was opened, there was a great earthquake. The foundations of churches and states would be terribly shaken. Such bold figurative descriptions of great changes abound in the prophecies of Scripture; for these events are emblems, and declare the end of the world and the day of judgment. Dread and terror would seize on all sorts of men. Neither grandeur, riches, valour, nor strength, can support men at that time. They would be glad to be no more seen; yea, to have no longer any being. Though Christ be a Lamb, he can be angry, and the wrath of the Lamb is exceedingly dreadful; for if the Redeemer himself, who appeases the wrath of God, be our enemy, where shall we find a friend to plead for us? As men have their day of opportunity, and their seasons of grace, so God has his day of righteous wrath. It seems that the overthrow of the paganism of the Roman empire is here meant. The idolaters are described as hiding themselves in their dens and secret caves, and vainly seeking to escape ruin. In such a day, when the signs of the times show those who believe in God's word, that the King of kings is approaching, Christians are called to a decided course, and to a bold confession of Christ and his truth before their fellowmen. Whatever they may have to endure, the short contempt of man is to be borne, rather than that shame which is everlasting.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up. The scroll - the parchment book or roll, which is spread out to read, and, when read, roiled up and put away. The passage is apparently founded upon Isaiah 34:4. "The host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll," etc. And every mountain and island were moved out of their places (cf. Isaiah 40:4, "Every mountain and hill shall be made low;" also Jeremiah 3:23, "Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains"). The enumeration of seven objects in vers. 12-14 seems to denote the all extending nature of God's judgment.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together,.... The manner of writing formerly was on rolls of parchment; hence the word volume is used for a book, which, when rolled up, the writing within could not be seen, not a syllable nor letter of it. In like manner the Roman empire, as Pagan, which was like a large sheet, or rather like the expanse or firmament of the heaven, stretched out over all the earth, was now, as to the Paganism of it, rolled up together, so that there were no more Heathen gods, nor Heathen priests; no more idolatry, and idolatrous worship of that kind were to be seen, and not so much as the names of Heathen gods to be heard of in the empire.

And every mountain and island were moved out of their places; by "every mountain" may be meant the places of idolatrous worship, which were usually upon mountains; see Jeremiah 3:6; which were now shut up, or demolished, or used for Christian worship; and "every island" being moved also may show, that Paganism was not only rooted out of the provinces of the empire upon the continent, but out of the islands also; and the ecclesiastical history of these times informs us, that there were Christian churches in the isles, which enjoyed the Gospel free of persecution and distress; as in the isles of Cyprus, Crete, the Cyclades, Sardinia, Siciiy, Corsica, and in ours of England, Scotland, and Ireland (o). Mr. Daubuz thinks, that as "mountains" design the temples of idols, "islands" signify the revenues of them, which were now taken away, and applied to other uses.

(o) Centuriator. Magdeburg. Cent. 4. c. 2. p. 5, 8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. departed—Greek, "was separated from" its place; "was made to depart." Not as Alford, "parted asunder"; for, on the contrary, it was rolled together as a scroll which had been open is rolled up and laid aside. There is no "asunder one from another" here in the Greek, as in Ac 15:39, which Alford copies.

mountain … moved out of … places—(Ps 121:1, Margin; Jer 3:23; 4:24; Na 1:5). This total disruption shall be the precursor of the new earth, just as the pre-Adamic convulsions prepared it for its present occupants.

Revelation 6:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sixth Seal: Terror
13and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;…
Cross References
Isaiah 34:4
All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

Isaiah 54:10
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Jeremiah 4:24
I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying.

Ezekiel 38:20
The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground.

Nahum 1:5
The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Revelation 16:20
Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.

Revelation 20:11
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.

Revelation 21:1
Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
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And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

the heaven.

Psalm 102:26 They shall perish, but you shall endure: yes, all of them shall wax …

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Revelation 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

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Jeremiah 3:23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the …

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