Revelation 6:4
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English Standard Version
And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

King James Bible
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

American Standard Version
And another horse came forth, a red horse: and to him that sat thereon it was given to take peace from the earth, and that they should slay one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there went out another horse that was red: and to him that sat thereon, it was given that he should take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another, and a great sword was given to him.

English Revised Version
And another horse came forth, a red horse: and to him that sat thereon it was given to take peace from the earth, and that they should slay one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat upon him to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword.

Weymouth New Testament
And another horse came out--a fiery-red one; and power was given to its rider to take peace from the earth, and to cause men to kill one another; and a great sword was given to him.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Red (πυῤῥός)

From πῦρ fire. Flame-colored. Compare 2 Kings 3:22; Zechariah 1:8. Only here and Revelation 12:3.

To take peace from the earth

Compare Matthew 10:34; Matthew 24:7.

Kill (σφάξωσιν)

See on Revelation 5:6.

Sword (μάχαιρα)

Compare Matthew 10:34. In Homer, a large knife or dirk, worn next the sword-sheath, and used to slaughter animals for sacrifice. Thus, "The son of Atreus, having drawn with his hands the knife (μάχαιραν) which hung ever by the great sheath of his sword, cut the hair from the heads of the lambs.... He spake, and cut the lambs' throats with the pitiless brass" ("Iliad," iii., 271-292). It is used by the surgeon Machaon to cut out an arrow ("Iliad," xi., 844). Herodotus, Aristophanes, and Euripides use the word in the sense of a knife for cutting up meat. Plato, of a knife for pruning trees. As a weapon it appears first in Herodotus: "Here they (the Greeks) defended themselves to the last, such as still had swords, using them (vii., 225) Later of the sabre or bent sword, contrasted with the ξίφος or straight sword. Aristophanes uses it with the adjective μιᾷ single, for a razor, contrasted with μάχαιρα διπλῆ, the double knife or scissors. This and ῥομφαία (see on Luke 2:35) are the only words used in the New Testament for sword. Θίφος (see above) does not occur. In Septuagint μάχαιρα of the knife of sacrifice used by Abraham (Genesis 22:6,Genesis 22:10).

Revelation 6:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

horse.

Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns...

Revelation 17:3,6 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit on a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy...

Zechariah 1:8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding on a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom...

Zechariah 6:2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

power.

Revelation 13:10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword...

Exodus 9:16,17 And in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to show in you my power...

Isaiah 37:26,27 Have you not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass...

Ezekiel 29:18-20 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald...

Daniel 2:37,38 You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory...

Daniel 5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew...

John 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except it were given you from above...

and there.

Psalm 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is your sword:

Isaiah 10:5,6 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation...

Ezekiel 30:24,25 And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh's arms...

Cross References
Zechariah 1:8
"I saw in the night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen, and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.

Zechariah 6:2
The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,

Matthew 10:34
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 24:6
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.

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