Revelation 6:3
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New International Version
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!"

New Living Translation
When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, "Come!"

English Standard Version
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”

New American Standard Bible
When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come."

King James Bible
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!"

International Standard Version
When the lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Go!"

NET Bible
Then when the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come!"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second Beast which said, “Come.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Go!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second animal, which said, Come and see.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, Come and see.

American King James Version
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

American Standard Version
And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature, saying: Come, and see.

Darby Bible Translation
And when it opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come [and see].

English Revised Version
And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living being say, Come and see.

Weymouth New Testament
And when the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come."

World English Bible
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come!"

Young's Literal Translation
And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, 'Come and behold!'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-8 Christ, the Lamb, opens the first seal: observe what appeared. A rider on a white horse. By the going forth of this white horse, a time of peace, or the early progress of the Christian religion, seems to be intended; its going forth in purity, at the time when its heavenly Founder sent his apostles to teach all nations, adding, Lo! I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. The Divine religion goes out crowned, having the Divine favour resting upon it, armed spiritually against its foes, and destined to be victorious in the end. On opening the second seal, a red horse appeared; this signifies desolating judgments. The sword of war and persecution is a dreadful judgment; it takes away peace from the earth, one of the greatest blessings; and men who should love one another, and help one another, are set upon killing one another. Such scenes also followed the pure age of early Christianity, when, neglectful of charity and the bond of peace, the Christian leaders, divided among themselves, appealed to the sword, and entangled themselves in guilt. On opening the third seal, a black horse appeared; a colour denoting mourning and woe, darkness and ignorance. He that sat on it had a yoke in his hand. Attempts were made to put a yoke of superstitious observances on the disciples. As the stream of Christianity flowed further from its pure fountain, it became more and more corrupt. During the progress of this black horse, the necessaries of life should be at excessive prices, and the more costly things should not be hurt. According to prophetic language, these articles signified that food of religious knowledge, by which the souls of men are sustained unto everlasting life; such we are invited to buy, Isa 55:1. But when the dark clouds of ignorance and superstition, denoted by the black horse, spread over the Christian world, the knowledge and practice of true religion became scarce. When a people loathe their spiritual food, God may justly deprive them of their daily bread. The famine of bread is a terrible judgment; but the famine of the word is more so. Upon opening the fourth seal, another horse appeared, of a pale colour. The rider was Death, the king of terrors. The attendants, or followers of this king of terrors, hell, a state of eternal misery to all who die in their sins; and in times of general destruction, multitudes go down unprepared into the pit. The period of the fourth seal is one of great slaughter and devastation, destroying whatever may tend to make life happy, making ravages on the spiritual lives of men. Thus the mystery of iniquity was completed, and its power extended both over the lives and consciences of men. The exact times of these four seals cannot be ascertained, for the changes were gradual. God gave them power, that is, those instruments of his anger, or those judgments: all public calamities are at his command; they only go forth when God sends them, and no further than he permits.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And when he had opened the second seal; he opened (Revised Version). The tense is aorist. The circumstances described accompanied the act of opening, as in the case of the other seals. I heard the second beast say, Come and see; I heard the second living being say, Come. (On the four living beings as representing creation, see on Revelation 4:6.) For the omission of "and see," and the discussion of the question to whom the words are addressed, see above, on ver. 1. As there stated, some believe the second living being here specified to be the ox, which, on account of its sacrificial character invites the prophet to behold the result of the war which is personified by this vision. Wordsworth, interpreting the living beings to mean the Gospels, here sees a reference to St. Luke's Gospel, which depicts the sufferings of Christ, and considers that the ox here summons St. John to witness the persecution of the martyrs.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when he had opened the second seal,.... Of the sealed book; that is, the Lamb, as before:

I heard the second beast say, come and see; this living creature was the ox, whose situation was on the west side of the throne, as the standard of Ephraim, on which was an ox, was on the west of the camp of Israel; no mention is made of the noise of thunder, as before, the voice of the ox being lower than that of the lion; and this perhaps may point out a decrease in the Gospel ministry; to fix on any particular person, as, with Grotius, the Evangelist Matthew, because he says, Matthew 24:7, nation shall rise against nation, which carries in it some likeness to what is said at the opening of this seal; or, as with Brightman, Justin Martyr, whose second apology was not regarded by the emperor, is mere conjecture; the ministers of the Gospel are intended who lived under this seal, who, though they might not be strong and courageous like the lion, or their predecessors, yet were like the ox, laborious in preaching, and patient in suffering; and these are represented in this vision as inviting John to behold and observe the following hieroglyphic.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. and see—omitted in the three oldest manuscripts, A, B, C, and Vulgate.

Revelation 6:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Second Seal: War
3When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come." 4And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
Cross References
Matthew 27:66
So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Revelation 4:7
The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.

Revelation 8:1
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
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