Revelation 9:13
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New International Version
The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God.

New Living Translation
Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice speaking from the four horns of the gold altar that stands in the presence of God.

English Standard Version
Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God,

New American Standard Bible
Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

King James Bible
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sixth angel blew his trumpet. From the four horns of the gold altar that is before God, I heard a voice

International Standard Version
When the sixth angel blew his trumpet, I heard a voice from the four horns of the gold altar in front of God.

NET Bible
Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the horns on the golden altar that is before God,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
After these things, the sixth Angel sounded, and I heard one voice from the four horns of the altar of gold, which is before God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the sixth angel blew his trumpet, I heard a voice from the four horns of the gold altar in front of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before the presence of God,

King James 2000 Bible
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

American King James Version
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

American Standard Version
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet: and I heard a voice from the four horns of the great altar, which is before the eyes of God,

Darby Bible Translation
And the sixth angel sounded [his] trumpet: and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which [is] before God,

English Revised Version
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Webster's Bible Translation
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Weymouth New Testament
The sixth angel blew his trumpet; and I heard a single voice speaking from among the horns of the golden incense altar which is in the presence of God.

World English Bible
The sixth angel sounded. I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Young's Literal Translation
And the sixth messenger did sound, and I heard a voice out of the four horns of the altar of gold that is before God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:13-21 The sixth angel sounded, and here the power of the Turks seems the subject. Their time is limited. They not only slew in war, but brought a poisonous and ruinous religion. The antichristian generation repented not under these dreadful judgments. From this sixth trumpet learn that God can make one enemy of the church a scourge and a plague to another. The idolatry in the remains of the eastern church and elsewhere, and the sins of professed Christians, render this prophecy and its fulfilment more wonderful. And the attentive reader of Scripture and history, may find his faith and hope strengthened by events, which in other respects fill his heart with anguish and his eyes with tears, while he sees that men who escape these plagues, repent not of their evil works, but go on with idolatries, wickedness, and cruelty, till wrath comes upon them to the utmost.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice; I heard one voice, perhaps in contradistinction to the four horns next mentioned. From the four horns of the golden altar which is before God; the golden altar before God. The balance of authority seems in favour of retaining τεσσάρων, "four," although the Revisers omit it. It is inserted in B, P, Andreas, Arethas, Primasius, etc., but emitted in א A, Syriac, Coptic, Bede, etc. Many commentators (eg. Vitringa, Hengstenberg) lay special stress upon it; and some represent the horns as the four Gospels, which speak with one voice. The voice issues from the altar, as in Revelation 6:10; Revelation 16:7. The voice, issuing from the resting place of the souls of the martyrs, denounces the impending woe. The altar is the golden altar of incense (Revelation 8:3) which is before (the throne of) God, and which, in the earthly temple, stood before the veil (Exodus 40:26). This altar had four "horns" projecting at the corners (Exodus 30:2; see also Smith's 'Dictionary of the Bible,' art. "Altar").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the sixth angel sounded,.... His trumpet:

and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar, which is before God; the allusion is not to the altar of burnt offering, which was covered with brass, but to the altar of incense covered with gold; and hence here, and elsewhere, it is called "the golden altar", and was a figure of the intercession of Christ; for on this altar incense was offered, which was typical of the prayers of the saints offered by Christ, through his mediation: the matter of this altar was shittim wood, a wood that is incorruptible, and of long duration, denoting the perpetuity of Christ's intercession; and its being covered with gold expresses the glory and excellency of it; its form was foursquare, as is the city of the new Jerusalem, and shows that Christ's intercession avails for all his people in the four parts of the world: and on it were "four horns", which some think represent the four evangelists, or the Gospel sent into the four parts of the world, and which is the power of God unto salvation; and for the contempt of which, in the eastern empire, the judgments signified under this trumpet came upon it; though rather these may point at the large extent and fulness of Christ's intercession, for all his people, in the four corners of the earth, as well as his power to protect and defend them, and to scatter and destroy his and their enemies. This altar is said to be "before God", in a visionary way, as the altar of incense was before the vail, and the mercy seat, and by the ark of the testimony, Exodus 30:1; suggesting that Christ continually appears in the presence of God for all the saints. Now from hence was a "voice heard" by John, and which seems to be the voice of Christ, the advocate and intercessor. In the Greek text it is, "one voice"; not the voice of many angels round about the throne, nor of the souls under the altar, but of the one and only Mediator between God and man, the Lord Jesus Christ; and this was a voice, not supplicating, but commanding, being addressed to one of his ministering spirits.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. a voice—literally, "one voice."

from—Greek, "out of."

the four horns—A, Vulgate (Amiatinus manuscript), Coptic, and Syriac omit "four." B and Cyprian support it. The four horns together gave forth their voice, not diverse, but one. God's revelation (for example, the Gospel), though in its aspects fourfold (four expressing world-wide extension: whence four is the number of the Evangelists), still has but one and the same voice. However, from the parallelism of this sixth trumpet to the fifth seal (Re 6:9, 10), the martyrs' cry for the avenging of their blood from the altar reaching its consummation under the sixth seal and sixth trumpet, I prefer understanding this cry from the four corners of the altar to refer to the saints' prayerful cry from the four quarters of the world, incensed by the angel, and ascending to God from the golden altar of incense, and bringing down in consequence fiery judgments. Aleph omits the whole clause, "one from the four horns."

Revelation 9:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sixth Trumpet
13Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."…
Cross References
Exodus 30:2
It is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high --its horns of one piece with it.

Exodus 30:10
Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering for the generations to come. It is most holy to the LORD."

Revelation 8:2
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

Revelation 8:3
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God's people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.
Treasury of Scripture

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

the sixth. See on ver.

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to …

a voice. See on ch.

Revelation 8:3-5 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; …

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which …

Hebrews 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

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