Revelation 4:7

“And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the first beast was like a Lion, and the second beast like a Calfe, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying Egle.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The first creature {was} like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature {was} like a flying eagle.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the first creature `was' like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face as of a man, and the fourth creature `was' like a flying eagle.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the first beast was like a lion, and the second like an ox, and the third had a face like a man, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.
- Basic English Bible

and the first living creature like a lion, and the second living creature like a calf, and the third living creature having the face as of a man, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle.
- Darby Bible

And the first living being was like a lion, and the second living being like a calf, and the third living being had a face as a man, and the fourth living being was like a flying eagle.
- Webster's Bible

The first living creature resembled a lion, the second an ox, the third had a face like that of a man, and the fourth resembled an eagle flying.
- Weymouth Bible

The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle.
- World English Bible

And the firste beeste lijk a lyoun; and the secounde beeste lijk a calf; and the thridde beeste hauynge a face as of a man; and the fourthe beeste lijk an egle fleynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the first living creature [is] like a lion, and the second living creature [is] like a calf, and the third living creature hath the face as a man, and the fourth living creature [is] like an eagle flying.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 4:7


4:7 And the first - Just such were the four cherubim in Ezekiel, who supported the moving throne of God; whereas each of those that overshadowed the mercy - seat in the holy of holies had all these four faces: whence a late great man supposes them to have been emblematic of the Trinity, and the incarnation of the second Person. A flying eagle - That is, with wings expanded.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 4:7


Re 4:7 The first creature [was] like a lion. It looked "like" a lion, but was not a lion. It had other characteristics. The second beast like a calf. Had a body similar to that of the ox. The third beast had a face as a man. Otherwise its structure differed from that of men. The fourth beast [was] like a flying eagle. It will be seen that four departments of animated nature are represented. That of the wild beasts of prey, that of domestic animals, the human species, and the fowls of the air. Each is represented by what, in the eyes of a Hebrew, would be regarded as its highest type.

Discussion for Revelation 4

  • Medupin margaret
    The chapter shows a clear revelation of the activities in heaven
  • Bud
    Verse 4; I believe that this is the 12 elders of the Heavenly saints and the 12 Patriarchs. For if they were the 12 Apostles John would have reconnized himself seated on the thrones.
  • Stevene Obadiah
    The whole chapter narrows down to the one fact that every creature; man or beast, was made purposely to glorify, honour, acknowledge and give thanks to God Almighty! Everything that has breath must praise Him.
  • Matonsi
    A clear revelation about the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • David Porter
    Verse 4, I believe is referring to the 12 Old Testament Patriarchs and the 12 Apostles.
  • Donkor
    First one must possess the clear clear and undoubting understanding tha GOD IS LOVE. With this key one may open many biblical locks. Here the. Christ telling us that even if man is disobedient that God still have the animals He created whom will always do His will. And that these twenty four disciples of the first and second appearances of Christ are always doing His will which isLove.

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