Revelation 6:5
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English Standard Version
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.

King James Bible
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

American Standard Version
And when he opened the first seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a black horse; and he that sat thereon had a balance in his hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying: Come, and see. And behold a black horse, and he that sat on him had a pair of scales in his hand.

English Revised Version
And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a black horse; and he that sat thereon had a balance in his hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third living being say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo, a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

Weymouth New Testament
When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come." I looked, and a black horse appeared, its rider carrying a balance in his hand.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Come and see

Omit and see.

Black

The color of mourning and famine. See Jeremiah 4:28; Jeremiah 8:21; Malachi 3:14, where mournfully is, literally, in black.

Pair of balances (ζυγὸν)

Rev., a balance. Properly, anything which joins two bodies; hence a yoke (Matthew 11:29; Acts 15:10). The cross-beam of the loom, to which the warp was fixed; the thwarts joining the opposite sides of a ship; the beam of the balance, and hence the balance itself. The judgment of this seal is scarcity, of which the balance is a symbol, representing the time when food is doled out by weight. See Leviticus 26:26; Ezekiel 4:16.

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he had. See on ver.

Revelation 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying...

Revelation 4:6,7 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and round about the throne...

Revelation 5:5,9 And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book...

a black.

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

had.

Leviticus 26:26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven...

Lamentations 5:10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

Ezekiel 4:10,16 And your meat which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shall you eat it...

Cross References
Ezekiel 4:16
Moreover, he said to me, "Son of man, behold, I will break the supply of bread in Jerusalem. They shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and they shall drink water by measure and in dismay.

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

Zechariah 6:6
The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go after them, and the dappled ones go toward the south country."

Matthew 24:7
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Revelation 4:7
the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.

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