Revelation 1:20

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The mysterie of the seuen starres which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seuen golden Candlestickes. The seuen Starres are the Angels of the seuen Churches: and the seuen candlestickes which thou sawest, are the seuen Churches.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks are seven churches.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The secret of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold vessels with burning lights. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lights are the seven churches.
- Basic English Bible

The mystery of the seven stars which thou hast seen on my right hand, and the seven golden lamps. -- The seven stars are angels of the seven assemblies; and the seven lamps are seven assemblies.
- Darby Bible

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
- Webster's Bible

the secret meaning of the seven stars which you have seen in My right hand, and of the seven lampstands of gold. The seven stars are the ministers of the seven Churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven Churches.
- Weymouth Bible

the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lampstands are seven assemblies.
- World English Bible

The sacrament of the seuene sterris, which thou seiyest in my riyt hond, and the seuene goldun candelstikis; the seuene sterris ben aungels of the seuene chirchis, and the seuene candelstikis ben seuene chirchis.
- Wycliffe Bible

the secret of the seven stars that thou hast seen upon my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands: the seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, and the seven lamp-stands that thou hast seen are seven assemblies.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 1:20


1:20 Write first the mystery - The mysterious meaning of the seven stars - St. John knew better than we do, in how many respects these stars were a proper emblem of those angels: how nearly they resembled each other, and how far they differed in magnitude, brightness, aa& other circumstances. The seven stars are angels of the seven churches - Mentioned in the eleventh verse. #Rev 1:11 In each church there was one pastor or ruling| minister, to whom all the rest were subordinate. This pastor, bishop, or overseer, had the peculiar care over that flock: on him the prosperity of that congregation in a great measure depended, and he was to answer for all those souls at the judgment seat of Christ. And the seven candlesticks are seven churches - How significant an emblem is this! For a candlestick, though of gold, has no light of itself; neither has any church, or child of man. But they receive from Christ the light of truth, holiness, comfort, that it may shine to all around them. As soon as this was spoken St. John wrote it down, even all that is contained in this first chapter. Afterwards what was contained in the second and third chapters was dictated to him in like manner.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 1:20


Re 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars. The Lord himself at once explains what the seven stars and seven candlesticks symbolize. The seven candlesticks represent the churches, or organizations appointed to "let their light shine" (Mt 5:16) and become "the light of the world" (Re 5:14). And the seven stars are the angels of the churches. These were, I think, the evangelists of the churches.

Discussion for Revelation 1

  • Kim
    We are so very blessed to know him and to be loved by him
  • Bruce
    Brenda: without Him I could do nothing. I was headed for hell! He tugged on my heart and told me I need Him. At least five times He called before I ask forgiveness. That night the best sleep ever, I woke up to a new world. Heavyweight,going, I didn't know I had. He gave me a New Heart and a New Mind and a love for His Word! 2Corinthians 5:17. That's who I am,saved by The Blood of The Lamb!
  • Brenda
    Hello, and how are you all Doing? I am me that's who I am nothing more and nothing less! I believe that I have things to do for GOD, as everyone who loves GOD has things to do! I don't believe in violence accept if I have to defend myself if someone tries to either kill me, to scare me or to hurt me! My favorite subject is GOD, his words inthe Bible, and how he created a new , his image,
  • Angel Hamilton
    I'm so great full for the word it's knowledge I will use for my life as god intended us to do Amen
  • Bruce
    Faith: If one could stop all these things you mentioned they still won't get into the kingdom. If They put a end to world hunger,all wars, all sickness, homelessness. They still have no hope.
    Only by The Blood of The Lamb is there a Way.Called:John 6:44, Cleansed:1John 19. Baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire:Matthew 3:11. You will know:2Corinthians 5:17. Impossible not to know!
  • Joan Travick
    Notice in verse l, GOD reveals HIS plans of destruction to HIS servants, not to all. Before HE destroyed Sodom, HE revealed it to Abram (Abraham); before the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus, HE revealed it to Elizabeth and Mary. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice and another they will not follow." HE has an unmistakable sound and quality to his voice. You can also see HIM when HE speaks.

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