Revelation 6:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?"

New Living Translation
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?"

English Standard Version
for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

New American Standard Bible
for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

King James Bible
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because the great day of Their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?"

International Standard Version
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to endure it?"

NET Bible
because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because the great day of his anger has come, and who is able to stand?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because the frightening day of their anger has come, and who is able to endure it?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand before him?

King James 2000 Bible
For the great day of his wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?

American King James Version
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

American Standard Version
for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?

Darby Bible Translation
because the great day of his wrath is come, and who is able to stand?

English Revised Version
for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?

Webster's Bible Translation
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who will be able to stand?

Weymouth New Testament
for the day of His anger--that great day--has come, and who is able to stand?"

World English Bible
for the great day of his wrath has come; and who is able to stand?"

Young's Literal Translation
because come did the great day of His anger, and who is able to stand?
Parallel Commentaries
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 17. - For the great day of his wrath is come. Of their wrath, which is read in the Revised Version, is found in א, C, 38, Vulgate, Syriae; but αὐτοῦ, "his," is supported by A, B, F, Coptic, Andreas, Arethas, Primasius. The article is repeated, making the term almost a proper name - the day, the great [day]. Alford remarks that this of itself should be sufficient to keep commentators right in confining their interpretation of this seal to the last judgment (cf. Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1, 2; Acts 2:20; Jude 1:6). And who shall be able to stand? Who is able (Revised Version). Thus Malachi 3:2, "Who shall stand when he appeareth?" And Nahum 1:6. Thus, then, the question in ver. 10, "How long?" is answered; not by limiting the length of time, but by a renewed assurance of an awful termination of the course of the world, at the appearance of the Judge. The dread attending that end is vividly portrayed, and the fear of the wicked, with their conscience-stricken inquiry, "Who is able to stand?" an answer to which is required for the edification of the faithful. And, therefore, the seer immediately describes the preservation of the righteous from amidst the destruction of the wicked, and their raptured praises, a joyous contrast with the despairing fate of those whose doom has just been narrated.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the great day of his wrath is come,.... The Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions read, "of their wrath"; both of him that sits upon the throne, and of the Lamb, against the Heathen gods and Heathen persecutors, in answer to the cry of the martyrs in Revelation 6:9.

And who shall be able to stand? against either of them, or in their presence, and so as to bear their wrath and displeasure; all which expresses guilt, shame, fear, and despair.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Literally, "the day, the great (day)," which can only mean the last great day. After the Lord has exhausted all His ordinary judgments, the sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts, and still sinners are impenitent, the great day of the Lord itself' shall come. Mt 24:6-29 plainly forms a perfect parallelism to the six seals, not only in the events, but also in the order of their occurrence: Mt 24:3, the first seal; Mt 24:6, the second seal; Mt 24:7, the third seal; Mt 24:7, end, the fourth seal; Mt 24:9, the fifth seal, the persecutions and abounding iniquity under which, as well as consequent judgments accompanied with gospel preaching to all nations as a witness, are particularly detailed, Mt 24:9-28; Mt 24:29, the sixth seal.

to stand—to stand justified, and not condemned before the Judge. Thus the sixth seal brings us to the verge of the Lord's coming. The ungodly "tribes of the earth" tremble at the signs of His immediate approach. But before He actually inflicts the blow in person, "the elect" must be "gathered "out.

Revelation 6:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sixth Seal: Terror
16and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
Cross References
1 Samuel 6:20
And the people of Beth Shemesh asked, "Who can stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God? To whom will the ark go up from here?"

Psalm 2:12
Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 76:7
It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry?

Psalm 110:5
The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.

Psalm 130:3
If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

Isaiah 63:4
It was for me the day of vengeance; the year for me to redeem had come.

Jeremiah 30:7
How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.

Joel 1:15
Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Joel 2:1
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand--

Joel 2:11
The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

Nahum 1:6
Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.

Zephaniah 1:14
The great day of the LORD is near-- near and coming quickly. The cry on the day of the LORD is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.

Malachi 3:2
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap.

Luke 21:36
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

Revelation 16:14
They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
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