Revelation 11:16

“And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the foure and twentie Elders which sate before God on their seates, fell vpon their faces, and worshipped God,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the four and twenty elders, who sit before God on their thrones, fell upon their faces and worshipped God,
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the four and twenty rulers, who are seated before God on their high seats, went down on their faces and gave worship to God, saying,
- Basic English Bible

And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
- Darby Bible

And the four and twenty elders, who sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshiped God,
- Webster's Bible

Then the twenty-four Elders, who sit on thrones in the presence of God, fell on their faces and worshipped God,
- Weymouth Bible

The twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God's throne, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
- World English Bible

Amen. And the foure and twenti eldre men, that saten in her seetis in the siyt of the Lord, fellen on her faces, and worschipiden God,
- Wycliffe Bible

and the twenty and four elders, who before God are sitting upon their thrones, did fall upon their faces, and did bow before God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 11:16


11:16 And the four and twenty elders - These shall reign over the earth, #Rev 5:10|. Who sit before God on their thrones - which we do not read of any angel.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 11:16


Re 11:16-18 The four and twenty elders, which sat before God. These heavenly princes, in some way identified with the work of redemption, join in worship and praises. "The mystery of God has been finished in the days of the voice of the seventh angel" (Re 10:7). The eighteenth verse will sufficiently explain why this also should be called a woe trumpet. It is the trumpet of judgment.

Discussion for Revelation 11

  • Dewey J
    A disciple no one can top Jesus in his direct quote that you just read in my post Jesus said what he meant and meant exactly what he said. We don't have the right to change that. Isa. 55:8,9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts...Heb 11:5 Enoch walked with God...God took him his testimony he pleased God. Life finished scriptures didn't say he would return to earth. Daniel 12:1 is Michael to come
  • 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.
  • Dewey J
    A disciple, Ron, and Martha Jesus said concerning John Baptist Matt. 17:12 But I say unto you that Elias is come already and they knew him not but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Elijah and Enoch finished their course let them rest. 2 Tim. 4:7,8 This language place emphasis on the Holy Ghost that enabled all prophets, apostles success
  • A disciple
    Martha; I looked up "in the spirit of" and found this simple but helpful definition to answer your question; which then makes John as foreshadowing Elijah just ahead of the Lord's coming in its perfection at the end of this age. "There is the letter of the law and there is the spirit of the law. The letter of the law are the laws themselves; the spirit of the law is the principle behind the law."
  • A disciple
    Hi Martha, nice to hear from you. Well my thoughts about how John went before the Lord to prepare His way, was after the model set by Elijah; as it were a foreshadowing of the great Day of the LORD; when Elijah himself, with Enoch himself, shall come for fulfilling their great ministry in advance of the Second Coming Of Christ and the end of this age; in such power of the Spirit never before seen.
  • Martha
    a disciple...I believe the same concerning who the two witnesses but confused when the scriptures say John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah; Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. John did die.

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