Revelation 6:2

“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and hee that sate on him had a bowe, and a crowne was giuen vnto him, and hee went foorth conquering, and to conquere.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon had a bow; and there was given unto him a crown: and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw a white horse, and he who was seated on it had a bow; and there was given to him a crown: and he went out with power to overcome.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw: and behold, a white horse, and he that sat upon it having a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and that he might conquer.
- Darby Bible

And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
- Webster's Bible

And I looked and a white horse appeared, and its rider carried a bow; and a victor's wreath was given to him; and he went out conquering and in order to conquer.
- Weymouth Bible

And behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow. A crown was given to him, and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.
- World English Bible

And Y sai, and lo! a white hors; and he that sat on hym hadde a bouwe, and a coroun was youun to hym. And he wente out ouercomynge, that he schulde ouercome.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I saw, and lo, a white horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a bow, and there was given to him a crown, and he went forth overcoming, and that he may overcome.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 6:2


6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse, and he that sat on him had a bow - This colour, and the bow shooting arrows afar off, betoken victory, triumph, prosperity, enlargement of empire, and dominion over many people. Another horseman, indeed, and of quite another kind, appears on a white horse, #Rev 19:11|. But he that is spoken of under the first seal must be so understood as to bear a proportion to the horsemen in the second, third, and fourth seal. Nerva succeeded the emperor Domitian at the very time when the Revelation was written, in the year of our Lord 96. He reigned scarce a year alone; and three months before his death he named Trajan for his colleague and successor, and died in the year 98. Trajan's accession to the empire seems to be the dawning of the seven seals. And a crown was given him - This, considering his descent, Trajan could have no hope of attaining. But God gave it him by the hand of Nerva; and then the east soon felt his power. And he went forth conquering and to conquer - That is, from one victory to another. In the year 108 the already victorious Trajan went forth toward the east, to conquer not only Armenia, Assyria, and Mesopotamia, but also the countries beyond the Tigris, carrying the bounds of the Roman empire to a far greater extent than ever. We find no emperor like him for making conquests. He aimed at nothing else; he lived only to conquer. Meantime, in him was eminently fulfilled what had been prophesied of the fourth empire, #Dan 2:40|, 7:23, that he should devour, tread down, and break in pieces the whole earth.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 6:2


Re 6:2 And I saw, and behold, a white horse. Let the reader note particularly what John saw, and then remember that it is symbolical, and that instead of looking for a literal fulfillment, we are to ask the meaning of the symbols. There are several features of the vision that fix our attention: (1) The horse; (2) his white color; (3) the armed warrior; (4) his crown; (5) his bow; (6) his mission. It is certain that none of these features would have been named if they did not possess a significance. What do each of these symbols mean? I will consider them in order: (1) THE HORSE. He was never used by the Jews or Orientals as a beast of burden. The ox and the ass were devoted to that office, and the horse was reserved for war. Whenever the horse is mentioned by the prophets it will be found in connection with warlike employments. That the horse is always associated with war can be seen by consulting Job 29:25 Ps 76:6 Pr 21:31 Jer 8:6 Eze 26:10. Hence this symbol points to a period of war, though it alone does not declare whether the conflict is carnal or spiritual, is triumphant or disastrous. (2) THE WHITE COLOR. As there are three more horses in succession under the three following seals, each of different colors, the color must have a meaning. White must have a different significance from red, or black, or pale. What is indicated by the color of the first horse? White is the color of prosperity, of happiness, and triumph. Whenever a Roman General was given a triumph his chariot was drawn by milk-white horses. In Re 19:11 the Mighty Conqueror who wears many crowns is seen riding on a white horse. Commentators are agreed that the white horse signifies prosperous, victorious wars. (3) THE RIDER. His significance is due to his arms, his crown, and the white horse he rides. It is enough to state here that he represents either some conqueror, or a conquering age. (4) THE CROWN. "A crown was given to him". This crown is not "the diadem" ("diadema") but the "garland crown" ("stephanos"). The last was the crown given as a reward for victory in battle, for great achievements or for victory in games. The Hero of chapter 19 wears many diadems, kingly crowns (Re 19:12), but this rider wears the garland crown, the "stephanos". It is important to note this distinction. (5) THE BOW. He is armed with a usual weapon of war in that age. The bow may signify that the rider is a great, warlike figure, or there may be a special significance in the fact that he is armed with a bow instead of a sword or spear.

Discussion for Revelation 6

  • Word
    Check out the word murder and its criminal murder. To kill for no reason but for gain. War is a different reason same as many others. King David killed plenty in war and God made us a great nation by killing communism. If it wasn't for war we wouldn't be free.
  • Insight 777
    The Lamb is the one Jesus came to earth to save from causing death and destruction. Jesus is the Shepherd not the sheep.The thief comes not by the door and Jesus is the door. The Mosaic law of sacrifice is done away with as new and old wine (testaments) can not be mixed. Moses brought the law but Jesus brought the TRUTH. Jesus does not break his Fathers law, do not kill! WAR is inequity!
  • Norm
    Wrath falls on the disobedient, the unrighteous, the damned! Resist hell and embrace the LOVE of GOD! Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. 23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
  • Norm
    Father soften our hearts that we may hear, see and obey for Your glory and Your name's sake. Amen Psalms 106:10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. 28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king he will save us. 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • Norm
    Yes, Saved. Our LORD was crucified and shed His blood for our sins but woe unto those who DENY the LOVE of the TRUTH! Job 22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up and he shall save the humble person. Psalms 7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 17:7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 18:27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people but wilt bring down high looks. 20:6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. 20:9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call. 28:9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
  • Word
    Robert CHRIST comes at the 7th trump and we are all changed in a twinkle of an eye and Satan comes at the 6th trump,6th seal, and 6 vial when it will be poured out which is the Elect fighting against Satan with their gospel armour on and in place and if Gods Elect are here with the Holy Spirit speaking through them to turn Gods children away from worshipping a false CHRIST you'll be here. Saved?

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