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

  • Len
    Mother01;the revelation of Jesus Christ is about past present and future...The beasts represent the four Gospels being preached...Lion=Mathew;Calf=Marc;Man=Luke; Eagle=John...Satan has been cast to earth already and is the ruler of the air...The short time isn't three and a half years,it's a short existence in this age compared to eternity...God bless all here...Meditate in the word day and night
  • The Mother01
    Revelation 4 speaks of things to come and how the elders and the beast glorified God with their worship. The 4th beast had wings and was saying repeatedly holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty. And the elders bowed down and worshipped Him. Oh what a wonderful passage of hope in a time like this, the end times.
  • Carl sullivan
    I'm reading the whole revelations because of the strife and warfare and anger and faithfulness that I see going on in America....I believe that we are at the time of the end.
  • Amelliea
    To god be the glory great things he has done.... amen
  • Obbie Beal
    WOW! In chapter 1-4 of Revelation all human-beings are given the 'written test of GOD' thereby each of us can give a personal examination to our self... after examining our self by this this test / chapter 1-4... we shall know where he or she stand in the sight of GOD especially as it relates to salvation through 'Jesus Christ the Son of GOD', WOW!.
  • Irene123
    The Last - whtkross' posting has nothing whatsoever to do with Heb. 4:12.

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