Revelation 6:8

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse, & his name that sate on him was Death, and hell followed with him: and power was giuen vnto them, ouer the fourth part of the earth to kill with sword, & with hunger, and with death, and with the beastes of the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw, and behold, a pale horse: and he that sat upon him, his name was Death; and Hades followed with him. And there was given unto them authority over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with famine, and with death, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw a grey horse, and the name of him who was seated on it was Death; and Hell came after him. And there was given to them authority over the fourth part of the earth, to put to destruction by the sword, and by taking away their food, and by death, and by the beasts of the earth.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw: and behold, a pale horse, and he that sat upon it, his name [was] Death, and hades followed with him; and authority was given to him over the fourth of the earth to slay with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
- Darby Bible

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
- Webster's Bible

I looked and a pale-colored horse appeared. Its rider's name was Death, and Hades came close behind him; and authority was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword or with famine or pestilence or by means of the wild beasts of the earth.
- Weymouth Bible

And behold, a pale horse, and he who sat on it, his name was Death. Hades followed with him. Authority over one fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with famine, with death, and by the wild animals of the earth was given to him.
- World English Bible

And lo! a pale hors; and the name was Deth to hym that sat on hym, and helle suede hym. And power was youun to hym on foure partis of the erthe, for to sle with swerd, and with hungur, and with deth, and with beestis of the erthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I saw, and lo, a pale horse, and he who is sitting upon him -- his name is Death, and Hades doth follow with him, and there was given to them authority to kill, (over the fourth part of the land,) with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and by the beasts of the land.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 6:8


6:8 And I saw, and behold a pale horse - Suitable to pale death, his rider. And hades - The representative of the state of separate souls. Followeth even with him - The four first seals concern living men. Death therefore is properly introduced. Hades is only occasionally mentioned as a companion of death. So the fourth seal reaches to the borders of things invisible, which are comprised in the three last seals. And power was given to him over the fourth part of the earth - What came single and in a lower degree before, comes now together, and much more severely. The first seal brought victory with it: in the second was a great sword; but here a scimitar. In the third was moderate dearth; here famine, and plague, and wild beasts beside. And it may well be, that from the time of Trajan downwards, the fourth part of men upon the earth, that is, within the Roman empire, died by sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts. At that time, says Aurelius Victor, the Tyber overflowed much more fatally than under Nerva, with a great destruction of houses and there was a dreadful earthquake through many provinces, and a terrible plague and famine, and many places consumed by fire. By death - That is, by pestilence wild beasts have, at several times, destroyed abundance of men; and undoubtedly there was given them, at this time, an uncommon fierceness and strength. It is observable that war brings on scarcity, and scarcity pestilence, through want of wholesome sustenance; and pestilence, by depopulating the country, leaves the few survivors an easier prey to the wild beasts. And thus these judgments make way for one another in the order wherein they are here represented. What has been already observed may be a fourfold proof that the four horsemen, as with their first entrance in the reign of Trajan, (which does by no means exhaust the contents of the four first seals,) so with all their entrances in succeeding ages, and with the whole course of the world and of visible nature, are in all ages subject to Christ, subsisting by his power, and serving his will, against the wicked, and in defence of the righteous. Herewith, likewise, a way is paved for the trumpets which regularly succeed each other; and the whole prophecy, as to what is future, is confirmed by the clear accomplishment of this part of it.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 6:8


Re 6:8 Behold a pale horse. Again, for the fourth time John beholds a horse. It is still a time of war. The horse is now pale, the bloodless color of the dead. Upon him sits Death, an undescribed figure. Behind the dread destroyer follows Hades, the unseen world (not "Hell" as in the Common Version) swallowing up the dying mortals and hiding them from human vision. The means employed to destroy men are described. Death and Hades employ the sword (1) of war; hunger, or (2) famine; death, or (3) pestilence, for so is the word here used often to translated, and such is its meaning in this place; and finally beasts of the earth, (4) the destruction caused by the wild beasts of forests and field. The evident meaning of this symbolism is so plain that all can understand its application, and we need only ask if the facts correspond. Do we find the scarcity, want, hunger, and pestilence, indicated by the prophecy, during the latter portion of this period of civil commotion? Do we have an awful reign of Death in the forms signaled by the seal?

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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