Revelation 1:12
New International Version
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,

New Living Translation
When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands.

English Standard Version
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,

Berean Study Bible
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,

Berean Literal Bible
And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,

New American Standard Bible
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands;

King James Bible
And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Christian Standard Bible
Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,

Contemporary English Version
When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands.

Good News Translation
I turned around to see who was talking to me, and I saw seven gold lampstands,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands,

International Standard Version
Then I turned to see who was talking to me, and when I turned I saw seven gold lamp stands.

NET Bible
I turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, and when I did so, I saw seven golden lampstands,

New Heart English Bible
I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I turned to know that voice which spoke with me, and when I turned around, I saw seven menorahs of gold;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I turned toward the voice which was talking to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lamp stands.

New American Standard 1977
And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden lampstands

King James 2000 Bible
And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden lampstands;

American King James Version
And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

American Standard Version
And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And having turned I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks:

Darby Bible Translation
And I turned back to see the voice which spoke with me; and having turned, I saw seven golden lamps,

English Revised Version
And I turned to see the voice which spake with me. And having turned I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Webster's Bible Translation
And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Weymouth New Testament
I turned to see who it was that was speaking to me; and then I saw seven golden lampstands,

World English Bible
I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands.

Young's Literal Translation
And I did turn to see the voice that did speak with me, and having turned, I saw seven golden lamp-stands,
Study Bible
John's Vision on Patmos
11saying, “Write in a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” 12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe, with a golden sash around His chest.…
Cross References
Exodus 25:37
Make seven lamps and set them up on the lampstand so that they illuminate the area in front of it.

Exodus 37:23
He also made its seven lamps, its wick trimmers, and trays of pure gold.

Zechariah 4:2
"What do you see?" he asked. "I see a solid gold lampstand," I replied, "with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven spouts to each of the lamps.

Revelation 1:19
Therefore write down the things you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that will happen after this.

Revelation 1:20
This is the mystery of the seven stars you saw in My right hand and of the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Revelation 2:1
To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.

Revelation 4:1
After this I looked and saw a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had previously heard speak to me like a trumpet was saying, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after these things."

Treasury of Scripture

And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

see.

Ezekiel 43:5,6
So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house…

Micah 6:9
The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

I saw.

Revelation 1:13,20
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle…

Revelation 2:1
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Exodus 25:37
And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.







Lexicon
Then
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

I turned
ἐπέστρεψα (epestrepsa)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1994: From epi and strepho; to revert.

to see
βλέπειν (blepein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

voice
φωνὴν (phōnēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5456: Probably akin to phaino through the idea of disclosure; a tone; by implication, an address, saying or language.

that
ἥτις (hētis)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3748: Whosoever, whichsoever, whatsoever.

was speaking
ἐλάλει (elalei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

with
μετ’ (met’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

me.
ἐμοῦ (emou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

having turned,
ἐπιστρέψας (epistrepsas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1994: From epi and strepho; to revert.

I saw
εἶδον (eidon)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

seven
ἑπτὰ (hepta)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2033: Seven. A primary number; seven.

golden
χρυσᾶς (chrysas)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5552: Golden, made of gold, adorned with gold. From chrusos; made of gold.

lampstands,
λυχνίας (lychnias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3087: A lamp-stand. From luchnos; a lamp-stand.
(12) Seven golden candlesticks.--Comp. the vision in Zechariah 4:2-11. It has been observed that there is a difference in the two visions. In Zech., as in Exodus 25:31-32, the seven branches are united, so as to form one candlestick; here there are said to be seven candlesticks; and from this supposed difference it is argued that we have a hint of the variety of the Christian churches, as distinguished from the singleness of the Jewish church. But is it not more probable that what St. John saw was the old familiar seven-branched candlestick, identical in form with that which has been rendered familiar to all by the Arch of Titus, but that as the mention of the seven churches was then fresh in his mind, his eye fell rather upon the seven limbs and seven lights than on the whole candlestand, especially if, as Prof. Plumptre suggests, the figure of the Christ concealed part of the main stem? Thus to his view the separate individuality of the churches, and their real union in Him who was the Light, would rather be symbolised. Thus, too, the external teachings of the earlier symbols are not disturbed: the new revelation illumines the types and shadows of the older. "These symbols were intended to raise them out of symbols; the truths were to throw light on the parables, rather than the parables on the truths. Men were to study the visions of an earlier day by the revelations of that day" (Maurice, Apocalypse, p. 22).

Verse 12. - To see the voice. As in Genesis 3:8, "the voice" is put for the speaker. This is the right method in studying the Revelation; we must, like St. John, "turn to see the voice." We must look, not to the events about which it seems to us to speak, but to him who utters it. The book is "the Revelation," not of the secrets of history, but "of Jesus Christ." Seven golden candlesticks. The word λυχνία occurs in Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; Luke 11:33; Hebrews 9:2; and seven times in this book. In Exodus 20:37 we have seven λύχνοι on one λυχνία, seven lamps on one lamp stand. So also in Zechariah 4:2. It is by no means certain that a similar figure is not meant here; the seven-branched candlestick familiar to all who know the Arch of Titus. If the Christ stood "in the midst of the candlesticks," his form would appear as that which united the seven branches. But it is perhaps more natural to understand seven separate lamp stands, each with its own lamp; and these, in contrast with the seven-branched stand of the temple, may represent the elastic multiplicity of the Christian Churches throughout the world in contrast with the rigid unity of the Jewish Church of Jerusalem. 1:12-20 The churches receive their light from Christ and the gospel, and hold it forth to others. They are golden candlesticks; they should be precious and pure; not only the ministers, but the members of the churches; their light should so shine before men, as to engage others to give glory to God. And the apostle saw as though of the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in the midst of the golden candlesticks. He is with his churches always, to the end of the world, filling them with light, and life, and love. He was clothed with a robe down to the feet, perhaps representing his righteousness and priesthood, as Mediator. This vest was girt with a golden girdle, which may denote how precious are his love and affection for his people. His head and hairs white like wool and as snow, may signify his majesty, purity, and eternity. His eyes as a flame of fire, may represent his knowledge of the secrets of all hearts, and of the most distant events. His feet like fine brass burning in a furnace, may denote the firmness of his appointments, and the excellence of his proceedings. His voice as the sound of many waters, may represent the power of his word, to remove or to destroy. The seven stars were emblems of the ministers of the seven churches to which the apostle was ordered to write, and whom Christ upheld and directed. The sword represented his justice, and his word, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, Heb 4:12. His countenance was like the sun, when it shines clearly and powerfully; its strength too bright and dazzling for mortal eyes to behold. The apostle was overpowered with the greatness of the lustre and glory in which Christ appeared. We may well be contented to walk by faith, while here upon earth. The Lord Jesus spake words of comfort; Fear not. Words of instruction; telling who thus appeared. And his Divine nature; the First and the Last. His former sufferings; I was dead: the very same whom his disciples saw upon the cross. His resurrection and life; I have conquered death, and am partaker of endless life. His office and authority; sovereign dominion in and over the invisible world, as the Judge of all, from whose sentence there is no appeal. Let us listen to the voice of Christ, and receive the tokens of his love, for what can he withhold from those for whose sins he has died? May we then obey his word, and give up ourselves wholly to him who directs all things aright.
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