Revelation 8:4
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New International Version
The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God from the angel's hand.

New Living Translation
The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God's holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out.

English Standard Version
and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

New American Standard Bible
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.

King James Bible
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up in the presence of God from the angel's hand.

International Standard Version
The smoke from the incense and the prayers of the saints went up from the angel's hand to God.

NET Bible
The smoke coming from the incense, along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the smoke of the incense went up with the prayers of The Holy Ones from the hand of the Angel before God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The smoke from the incense went up from the angel's hand to God along with the prayers of God's people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

King James 2000 Bible
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

American King James Version
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

American Standard Version
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel.

Darby Bible Translation
And the smoke of the incense went up with the prayers of the saints, out of the hand of the angel before God.

English Revised Version
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God out of the angel's hand.

Weymouth New Testament
And the smoke of the incense rose into the presence of God from the angel's hand, and mingled with the prayers of His people.

World English Bible
The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.

Young's Literal Translation
and go up did the smoke of the perfumes to the prayers of the saints out of the hand of the messenger, before God;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-6 The seventh seal is opened. There was profound silence in heaven for a space; all was quiet in the church, for whenever the church on earth cries through oppression, that cry reaches up to heaven; or it is a silence of expectation. Trumpets were given to the angels, who were to sound them. The Lord Jesus is the High Priest of the church, having a golden censer, and much incense, fulness of merit in his own glorious person. Would that men studied to know the fulness that is in Christ, and endeavoured to be acquainted with his excellency. Would that they were truly persuaded that Christ has such an office as that of Intercessor, which he now performs with deep sympathy. No prayers, thus recommended, was ever denied hearing and acceptance. These prayers, thus accepted in heaven, produced great changes upon earth. The Christian worship and religion, pure and heavenly in its origin and nature, when sent down to earth and conflicting with the passions and worldly projects of sinful men, produced remarkable tumults, here set forth in prophetical language, as our Lord himself declared, Lu 12:49.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand; and the smoke of the incense with the prayers of the saints went up, etc. (Revised Version). The prayers, accompanied by the incense, and typically purified by it, are received by God. He hears the prayers; and the judgments against the wicked, which follow in the trumpet visions, constitute the answer to them. This makes more probable the view that the following visions are judgments against the world, and not (like the seals) trials to the Church.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the smoke of the incense,.... For the incense being put, as it was used to be, upon burning coals of fire, caused a smoke to arise like a cloud, Leviticus 16:13; so that the whole house, or temple, was filled with it (d):

which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God out of the angel's hand; alluding to the incense the priest took in his hand, and cast upon the burning coals; and shows how that by the smoke of the incense, or the virtue of Christ's mediation, the imperfections of the prayers of the saints are covered; and how they are it perfumed and made acceptable to God; and so are said to ascend up before him, and to be regarded by him, as the prayers of Cornelius were, Acts 10:4; now all this is expressive of the wonderful affection of Christ for his church and people, and care of them; that before the angels sound their trumpets, and bring on wars and desolations into the empire, Christ is represented as interceding for them, and presenting their prayers both for deliverance for themselves, and vengeance on their enemies.

(d) Misn. Yoma, c. 5. sect. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. the smoke … which came with the prayers … ascended up—rather, "the smoke of the incense FOR (or 'given TO': 'given' being understood from Re 8:3) the prayers of the saints ascended up, out of the angel's hand, in the presence of Gods" The angel merely burns the incense given him by Christ the High Priest, so that its smoke blends with the ascending prayers of the saints. The saints themselves are priests; and the angels in this priestly ministration are but their fellow servants (Re 19:10).

Revelation 8:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Seventh Seal
3Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. 5Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Cross References
Numbers 7:62
one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;

Psalm 141:2
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

Acts 10:4
Cornelius stared at him in fear. "What is it, Lord?" he asked. The angel answered, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.
Treasury of Scripture

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

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Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting …

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