Revelation 5:2
New International Version
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"

New Living Translation
And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: "Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?"

English Standard Version
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

Berean Study Bible
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”

Berean Literal Bible
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to break its seals?"

New American Standard Bible
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?"

King James Bible
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Christian Standard Bible
I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"

Contemporary English Version
I saw a mighty angel ask with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"

Good News Translation
And I saw a mighty angel, who announced in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"

International Standard Version
I also saw a powerful angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"

NET Bible
And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?"

New Heart English Bible
I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to break its seals?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I saw another mighty Angel preaching with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I saw a powerful angel calling out in a loud voice, "Who deserves to open the scroll and break the seals on it?"

New American Standard 1977
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I saw a strong angel preaching with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book and to loose its seals?

King James 2000 Bible
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to loose the seals thereof?

American King James Version
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

American Standard Version
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I saw a strong angel, proclaiming with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Darby Bible Translation
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who [is] worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?

English Revised Version
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Webster's Bible Translation
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose its seals?

Weymouth New Testament
And I saw a mighty angel who was exclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and break its seals?"

World English Bible
I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?"

Young's Literal Translation
and I saw a strong messenger crying with a great voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose the seals of it?'
Study Bible
The Scroll with Seven Seals
1Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One seated on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look inside it.…
Cross References
Revelation 5:1
Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One seated on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.

Revelation 10:1
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head. His face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.

Revelation 18:21
Then a mighty angel picked up a stone the size of a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying: "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be cast down, never to be seen again.

Treasury of Scripture

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

a strong.

Psalm 103:20
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Who.

Revelation 5:5
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Isaiah 29:11,12
And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: …

Isaiah 41:22,23
Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come…







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

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.

a mighty
ἰσχυρὸν (ischyron)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2478: Strong (originally and generally of physical strength); mighty, powerful, vehement, sure. From ischus; forcible.

angel
ἄγγελον (angelon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 32: From aggello; a messenger; especially an 'angel'; by implication, a pastor.

proclaiming
κηρύσσοντα (kēryssonta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2784: To proclaim, herald, preach. Of uncertain affinity; to herald, especially divine truth.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

a loud
μεγάλῃ (megalē)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

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

“Who is
Τίς (Tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

worthy
ἄξιος (axios)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 514: Worthy, worthy of, deserving, comparable, suitable. Probably from ago; deserving, comparable or suitable.

to break
λῦσαι (lysai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3089: A primary verb; to 'loosen'.

the
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Neuter 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

seals
σφραγῖδας (sphragidas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 4973: Probably strengthened from phrasso; a signet; by implication, the stamp impressed, literally or figuratively.

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

open
ἀνοῖξαι (anoixai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 455: To open. From ana and oigo; to open up.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter 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.

scroll?”
βιβλίον (biblion)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 975: A papyrus roll. A diminutive of biblos; a roll.
(2) And I saw a strong (better, mighty) angel proclaiming with (or, in) a loud voice, Who is worthy . . .--We must not let the word "worthy" pass as though it were simply equivalent to "strong enough." It seems to imply moral fitness (comp. Romans 1:4), which is the true strength in the heavenly world. It was not lack of intellectual capacity so much as the taint of moral unworthiness which hindered the reading of the book. This is in harmony with what we have noticed before. "To commune with God, there is need of no subtle thought, no foreign tongue, no newest philosophy: ' the pure in heart shall see Him:' and Fox and Bunyan can more truly make Him known than 'masters of sentences' and ' angelic doctors.'" Those who are willing to do God's will know of God's doctrine. This thought corresponds, too, with the stress which is laid (in Revelation 5:5) on the victory of Christ. It is not simply as divine Son of God, but also as victorious Saviour and King of His people, that He opens the book: His worthiness has been established in conflict and temptation (John 14:30; Hebrews 2:9; Hebrews 4:15).

Verse 2. - And I saw (see on ver. 1). A strong angel; ἰσχυρόν, rendered "mighty" in Revelation 10:1. Possibly, as De Wette and others think, so called because of higher rank - De Lyra says Gabriel; but probably on account of the great voice, which sounded "as a lion roareth" (Revelation 10:3). Proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? with a great voice. "Worthy" is ἄξιος, fit morally, as in John 1:27. 5:1-7 The apostle saw in the hand of Him that sat upon the throne, a roll of parchments in the form usual in those times, and sealed with seven seals. This represented the secret purposes of God about to be revealed. The designs and methods of Divine Providence, toward the church and the world, are stated, fixed, and made a matter of record. The counsels of God are altogether hidden from the eye and understanding of the creature. The several parts are not unsealed and opened at once, but after each other, till the whole mystery of God's counsel and conduct is finished in the world. The creatures cannot open it, nor read it; the Lord only can do so. Those who see most of God, are most desirous to see more; and those who have seen his glory, desire to know his will. But even good men may be too eager and hasty to look into the mysteries of the Divine conduct. Such desires, if not soon answered, turn to grief and sorrow. If John wept much because he could not look into the book of God's decrees, what reason have many to shed floods of tears for their ignorance of the gospel of Christ! of that on which everlasting salvation depends! We need not weep that we cannot foresee future events respecting ourselves in this world; the eager expectation of future prospects, or the foresight of future calamities, would alike unfit us for present duties and conflicts, or render our prosperous days distressing. Yet we may desire to learn, from the promises and prophecies of Scripture, what will be the final event to believers and to the church; and the Incarnate Son has prevailed, that we should learn all that we need to know. Christ stands as Mediator between God and both ministers and people. He is called a Lion, but he appears as a Lamb slain. He appears with the marks of his sufferings, to show that he pleads for us in heaven, in virtue of his satisfaction. He appears as a Lamb, having seven horns and seven eyes; perfect power to execute all the will of God, and perfect wisdom to understand it, and to do it in the most effectual manner. The Father put the book of his eternal counsels into the hand of Christ, and Christ readily and gladly took it into his hand; for he delights to make known the will of his Father; and the Holy Spirit is given by him to reveal the truth and will of God.
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