Revelation 5:8

“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when he had taken the booke, the foure Beasts, and foure and twenty Elders fel down before the Lambe, hauing euery one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of Saints.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty rulers went down on their faces before the Lamb, having every one an instrument of music, and gold vessels full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints.
- Basic English Bible

And when it took the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, having each a harp and golden bowls full of incenses, which are the prayers of the saints.
- Darby Bible

And when he had taken the book, the four living beings, and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.
- Webster's Bible

And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four Elders fell down before the Lamb, having each of them a harp and bringing golden bowls full of incense, which represent the prayers of God's people.
- Weymouth Bible

Now when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
- World English Bible

And whanne he hadde opened the book, the foure beestis and the foure and twenti eldre men fellen doun bifore the lomb; and hadden ech of hem harpis, and goldun violis ful of odours, whiche ben the preyeris of seyntis.
- Wycliffe Bible

And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, having each one harps and golden vials full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 5:8


5:8 And when he took the book, the four living creatures fell down - Now is homage done to the Lamb by every creature. These, together with the elders, make the beginning; and afterward, #Rev 5:14|, the conclusion. They are together surrounded with a multitude of angels, #Rev 5:11|, and together sing the new song, as they had before praised God together, #Rev 4:8|, &c. Having every one - The elders, not the living creatures. An harp - Which was one of the chief instruments used for thanksgiving in the temple service: a fit emblem of the melody of their hearts. And golden phials - Cups or censers. Full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints - Not of the elders themselves, but of the other saints still upon earth, whose prayers were thus emblematically represented in heaven.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 5:8


Re 5:8 When he had taken the book. The deliverance to him of the book was a signal for the four living creatures and the elders to fall before the Lamb, as they had fallen before the throne. They recognize in the fact that he has the book "that all power in heaven and earth is given into his hands" (see Mt 28:18 Joh 13:3). Hence, they offer him homage as Divine. Having every one of them harps. For praise. The grammatical construction seems to include both living creatures and elders. And golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. These symbolize the prayers of the saints. The imagery represents these heavenly assistants presenting these in heaven in behalf of the saints on earth. The comforting thought is that these prayers are not lost, but are presented at the throne of God and before the Lamb.

Discussion for Revelation 5

  • A disciple
    Because God so loved the world, and because there was no man worthy to come and take the sacred scroll from His hand; God Himself provided us a Man, through whom He could make reconciliation, and so also open our understanding to understand the matters that He undertakes with man. In the little scroll are the things done, and those determined for the conclusion of this matter of the present age.
  • Word
    Four beasts are creatures. These 4 guards, guard the throne and are Gods guards.Having many eyes means they know when anyone approaches from any side. The standards or flags, a connection you will read about when you read of Gods throne when it is in movement, the 4 protection tribe flags attached to their vehicles, man,lion,eagle and calf. Oh, there wings are on their vehicle, call rings by Ezek.
  • RETIECE HARRIS
    trying to understand the 4 beast and the lamb , that broke the 7 seals to open the book , chap 5 in Revelations .
  • Obbie Beal
    WOW !... The Lamb open the book, and loose the seven seals thereof. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing...
  • Bible Reader
    There is only 1 God and his name is Jesus.
    John 10:30 says I and my Father are one.
    Acts 4:12
    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
    Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
    John 1:1
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Otto
    Prayer are answered in God time God is never late. Alway on time. God may say NO for He know best for you

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