Revelation 11:1

“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there was giuen me a reede like vnto a rod, and the Angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the Temple of God, and the Altar, and them that worship therein.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and one said, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And there was given to me a measuring rod: and one said, Go up and take the measure of the house of God, and the altar, and the worshippers in it.
- Basic English Bible

And there was given to me a reed like a staff, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship in it.
- Darby Bible

And there was given me a reed like a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship in it.
- Webster's Bible

Then a reed was given me to serve as a measuring rod; and a voice said, "Rise, and measure God's sanctuary--and the altar--and count the worshipers who are in it.
- Weymouth Bible

A reed like a rod was given to me. Someone said, "Rise, and measure God's temple, and the altar, and those who worship in it.
- World English Bible

And a reed lijk a yerde was youun to me, and it was seid to me, Rise thou, and meete the temple of God, and the auter, and men that worschipen in it.
- Wycliffe Bible

And there was given to me a reed like to a rod, and the messenger stood, saying, `Rise, and measure the sanctuary of God, and the altar, and those worshipping in it;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 11:1


Re 11:1 The Two Witnesses SUMMARY OF REVELATION 11: The Temple Measured. The Holy City Trodden Down by the Gentiles. The Two Witnesses. Prophesying in Sackcloth. The Forty-two Months. The Witness Slain. The Witness Exalted. The Fall of the Wicked World. The Seventh Trumpet Blown. The Final Triumph. There was given me a reed like a rod. There are several points that must be noticed: 1. Who measures? 2. The measure used? 3. What is measured? (1) A reed is given to John to be used as a measure. It is not an angel who measures, but an apostle, the sole "representative" of the apostles then living. The apostle is a representative of the apostolic body. It is the apostles who are to measure, or (2) the measure is not a human one. John did not make it, nor did any other apostle, nor any man, or body of men. The reed "was given to him". It is a divine measure. Whatever is measured is to be compared with a divine standard. There is a divine standard for measurement which was given by our Lord to the apostles. This is the New Testament of Jesus Christ. Measure the temple of God. (3) This cannot mean the literal temple. It was not in the part of the world where John was, if it had been standing; nor was it then standing. What is meant is that of which the temple was a symbol; viz., "the Church". See PNT "1Co 3:17". And the altar. In the Jewish temple the altar was the place where the worship centered. Without the altar worship was impossible, and the altar is taken as a symbol of the worship. The sacrifices of the altar were all typical of Christ's atonement. Hence, the measurement has a relation to the death of Christ. And them that worship therein. The measure shall be applied to those who profess to be Christians. It will be seen whether they come up to the standard.

Discussion for Revelation 11

  • Alex
    Rev 11 v 15 This wonderful scripture tells us without a doubt that the KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE GONNA BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD AND HIS CHRIST SIMPLY B/C ITS GONNA BE WITHIN US SINNERS,HE HAS TO BE RECKONED AMONG THE TRANSGRESSORS RIGHT HEREON THIS EARTH, TH THE NEW HEAVEN N EARTH IS OUR NEWMAN WHICH IS SPIRIT ( HEAVEN )That y Isaiah is refering to new earth n heaven as his seed n name etc
  • Julie Pena
    Eze,. WOW your prayer request for other's needs is so powerful
  • A disciple
    Dewey J; We shouldn't be overly sensitive: no offense taken, Brother. With the things that we see (and can hardly believe) happening and increasing, we have volumes of warning and instruction and guidance in the Scriptures to prepare us mentally and spiritually for the opposition we are set to encounter. We should know that the transgressors coming to the full is God's determined judgment of them.
  • Dewey J
    A disciple, I didn't accuse you of adding to the scripture. That is a very serious charge to make especially against another Christian without sound evidence. I can tell by your posts that you have a very good understanding of the scripture. I concur with you and all who notice the rebellion of mankind toward God. Some say the greatest miracle is God's love and grace to man and man hate for God.
  • A disciple
    Hi Dewey; I don't think its exactly "adding to the word;" but something I heard from others, and I think makes sense. Time will tell of course! One thing is interesting too; how that even with all the plagues and punishments and the appearance of the two witnesses; those who are not killed outright by those judgments still refuse to repent or at all acknowledge the truth to give God glory.
  • A disciple
    Dewey; Enoch and Elijah were taken alive into heaven; and so we must conclude that their work is NOT finished, and that God took them aside till He would use them again at another time. The Scriptures say that "Elijah must come first:" the Lord doesn't use the real to identify types, and then not bring forth the real and the complete. John came in the Spirit and power of Elijah not to replace him.

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