Revelation 4:3

“And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he that sate was to looke vpon like a Iasper, and a Sardine stone: and there was a rainebow round about the Throne, in sight like vnto an Emeralde.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He who was sitting {was} like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and {there was} a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and he that sat `was' to look upon like a jasper stone and a sardius: and `there was' a rainbow round about the throne, like an emerald to look upon.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to my eyes he was like a jasper and a sardius stone: and there was an arch of light round the high seat, like an emerald.
- Basic English Bible

and he [that was] sitting like in appearance to a stone [of] jasper and a sardius, and a rainbow round the throne like in appearance to an emerald.
- Darby Bible

And he that sat was in appearance like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow around the throne in sight like an emerald.
- Webster's Bible

The appearance of Him who sat there was like jasper or sard; and encircling the throne was a rainbow, in appearance like an emerald.
- Weymouth Bible

that looked like a jasper stone and a sardius. There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald to look at.
- World English Bible

And he that sat, was lijk the siyt of a stoon iaspis, and to sardyn; and a reynbowe was in cumpas of the seete, lijk the siyt of smaragdyn.
- Wycliffe Bible

and He who is sitting was in sight like a stone, jasper and sardine: and a rainbow was round the throne in sight like an emerald.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 4:3


4:3 And he that sat was in appearance - Shone with a visible lustre, like that of sparkling precious stones, such as those which were of old on the high priest's breastplate, and those placed as the foundations of the new Jerusalem, #Rev 21:19|,20. If there is anything emblematical in the colours of these stones, possibly the jasper, which is transparent and of a glittering white, with an intermixture of beautiful colours, may be a symbol of God's purity, with various other perfections, which shine in all his dispensations. The sardine stone, of a blood - red colour, may be an emblem of his justice, and the vengeance he was about to execute on his enemies. An emerald, being green, may betoken favour to the good; a rainbow, the everlasting covenant. See #Gen 9:9|. And this being round about the whole breadth of the throne, fixed the distance of those who stood or sat round it.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 4:3


Re 4:3 Like a jasper and a sardine stone. We learn from Re 21:11 the qualities of the jasper meant a stone of dazzling brilliance, a mountain of light, clear as crystal. The two probably symbolize the splendor, holiness and judgments of God. [There was] a rainbow round about the throne. The rainbow was a pledge of God's faithfulness to his covenants (Ge 9:13). God sits upon the throne, splendid, dazzling, terrible, but compassed about by the Covenant of Grace.

Discussion for Revelation 4

  • Irene123
    The Last - whtkross' posting has nothing whatsoever to do with Heb. 4:12.
  • Landon Lavigne
    Jesus loves us all and died for us and rose from the dead. He is almighty God robed in flesh. I obeyed Acts 2:38 and received the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of Speaking in Tongues like on the day Of Pentecost.
  • SAM
    Genesis 6:14 Pitch-asphalt or bitumen in its soft state, called "slime"
  • A disciple
    Yeshua is by interpretation Yehovah [is] Salvation. Yehovah, or Yahweh, is "I AM." When Moses asked God His name; God answered, "I AM THAT I AM" and told him to say to the son's of Israel, that I AM has sent me to you. In Amos 6:10, there is a foretelling of how the Jews would at one point, no longer be "allowed" to speak the name of the LORD; as a part of the punishment for their impenitent ways.
  • Irene123
    Jn. 1:1 - God WAS the Word; v. 14 - and the WORD was made flesh (incarnation) and dwelt among us - JESUS. Jesus IS God; 'Jesus' is God's N.T. name. And, no, God does not change, Mal. 3:6; the O.T. name Jehovah translates into Jesus in the Greek.
  • Irene123
    Heb. 4:12 - the word of God 'cuts' you in that it convicts you of sin; even the very smallest 'white lie' - type sin, and it convicts you of the TRUTH of God's word - as opposed to deceits.

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