Revelation 10:9

“And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I went vnto the Angel, and said vnto him, Giue me the little booke. And he sayd vnto me, Take it, and eat it vp, and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall bee in thy mouth sweete as hony.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he *said to me, "Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I went unto the angel, saying unto him that he should give me the little book. And he saith unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I went to the angel, and said to him, Give me the little book. And he said to me: Put it in your mouth; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.
- Basic English Bible

And I went to the angel, saying to him to give me the little book. And he says to me, Take and eat it up: and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey.
- Darby Bible

And I went to the angel, and said to him, Give me the little book. And he said to me, Take it, and eat it, and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
- Webster's Bible

So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little book. "Take it," he said, "and eat the whole of it. You will find it bitter when you have eaten it, although in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey."
- Weymouth Bible

I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. He said to me, "Take it, and eat it up. It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey."
- World English Bible

And Y wente to the aungel, and seide to hym, that he schulde yyue me the book. And he seide to me, Take the book, and deuoure it; and it schal make thi wombe to be bittir, but in thi mouth it schal be swete as hony.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I went away unto the messenger, saying to him, `Give me the little scroll;' and he saith to me, `Take, and eat it up, and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet -- as honey.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 10:9


10:9 Eat it up - The like was commanded to Ezekiel. This was an emblem of thoroughly considering and digesting it. And it will make thy belly bitter, but it will be sweet as honey in thy mouth - The sweetness betokens the many good things which follow, #Rev 11:1|,15, &c.; the bitterness, the evils which succeed under the third woe.


Discussion for Revelation 10

  • Word
    I know that Christ as it is written will be a stumbling block and that's because the world will think when the antichrist gets here that Christ has returned but if you love the Lord Jesus you will do what He says and wait! Don't leave the field but keep on working and don't leave the house top stay on watch for our Christ and when they say lets go to Jerusalem for Jesus will rapture us,don't go!
  • Irene123
    Sabbathkeeper - Was glad to see you back; hope your absence wasn't illness ... ? no answer required .............
  • SabbathkeeperandWife
    That's a lovely thought. Unfortunately it's just not what this prophecy entails. It speaks about the time period that is the last stretch of time unto the end. When Daniel was finally understood it was joyous because Daniel was required to unlock the rest of Rev. and the new revelations were commanded to be prophesied to all nations and people. The bitterness was as I said below. It happened.
  • Word
    Sakana Thank You! The truth flows from you and I hope people read your posted notes. Word, truth.
  • Sakana
    To eat (absorb) the Word (Truth), it is sweet. But later, when you try to share it with others who don't care, or are not ready, it can make one feel bitter. Even Christ, the Word, can feel frustrated or sad at what was/is going on in the world. It grieved Father that he made men flesh (Gen 6:6). Just like everyday life. You can love a song or movie and others say "meh." It can dampen spirit.
  • Sabbathkeeper
    The next big falling away will be the untimely figs (remnant) when shaken by a mighty wind. Wind is doctrine. Some good, some bad. Apostacy creeping into churches, dulling truth cause many to leave God's remnant They decide the world has more to offer. It doesn't. It's an illusion of satan, spread by Rome's unity lies. God has standards. Lord Lord doesn't cut it. Obedience is required. Study daily

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