Revelation 10:2

“And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee had in his hand a little booke open: and hee set his right foote vpon the sea, and his left foote on the earth,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left upon the earth;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he had in his hand a little open book: and he put his right foot on the sea, and his left on the earth;
- Basic English Bible

and having in his hand a little opened book. And he set his right foot on the sea, and the left upon the earth,
- Darby Bible

And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
- Webster's Bible

In his hand he held a small scroll unrolled; and, planting his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,
- Weymouth Bible

He had in his hand a little open book. He set his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land.
- World English Bible

And he hadde in his hoond a litil book openyd; and he sette his riyt foot on the see, and the left foot on the erthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he had in his hand a little scroll opened, and he did place his right foot upon the sea, and the left upon the land,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 10:2


10:2 And he had in his hand - His left hand: he swore with his right. He stood with his right foot on the sea, toward the west; his left, on the land, toward the east: so that he looked southward. And so St. John (as Patmos lies near Asia) could conveniently take the book out of his left hand. This sealed book was first in the right hand of him that sat on the throne: thence the Lamb took it, and opened the seals. And now this little book, containing the remainder of the other, is given opened, as it was, to St. John. From this place the Revelation speaks more clearly and less figuratively than before. And he set his right foot upon the sea - Out of which the first beast was to come. And his left foot upon the earth - Out of which was to come the second. The sea may betoken Europe; the earth, Asia; the chief theatres of these great things.


Discussion for Revelation 10:2

  • Paul Saunders for verse 2
    This appears to be a prophecy concerning the printed Bibles of the Reformation. Before the invention of the printing press hand written manuscripts were both cumbersome, rare and mainly available in places of worship or libraries. Now the entire Bible can now be printed in a little book, open to all who want to read it. The reference to the foot on land and sea seams mean that there would be no impediment to its distribution either on land or sea.

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