Revelation 6:2

“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and hee that sate on him had a bowe, and a crowne was giuen vnto him, and hee went foorth conquering, and to conquere.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon had a bow; and there was given unto him a crown: and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw a white horse, and he who was seated on it had a bow; and there was given to him a crown: and he went out with power to overcome.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw: and behold, a white horse, and he that sat upon it having a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and that he might conquer.
- Darby Bible

And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
- Webster's Bible

And I looked and a white horse appeared, and its rider carried a bow; and a victor's wreath was given to him; and he went out conquering and in order to conquer.
- Weymouth Bible

And behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow. A crown was given to him, and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.
- World English Bible

And Y sai, and lo! a white hors; and he that sat on hym hadde a bouwe, and a coroun was youun to hym. And he wente out ouercomynge, that he schulde ouercome.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I saw, and lo, a white horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a bow, and there was given to him a crown, and he went forth overcoming, and that he may overcome.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 6:2


6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse, and he that sat on him had a bow - This colour, and the bow shooting arrows afar off, betoken victory, triumph, prosperity, enlargement of empire, and dominion over many people. Another horseman, indeed, and of quite another kind, appears on a white horse, #Rev 19:11|. But he that is spoken of under the first seal must be so understood as to bear a proportion to the horsemen in the second, third, and fourth seal. Nerva succeeded the emperor Domitian at the very time when the Revelation was written, in the year of our Lord 96. He reigned scarce a year alone; and three months before his death he named Trajan for his colleague and successor, and died in the year 98. Trajan's accession to the empire seems to be the dawning of the seven seals. And a crown was given him - This, considering his descent, Trajan could have no hope of attaining. But God gave it him by the hand of Nerva; and then the east soon felt his power. And he went forth conquering and to conquer - That is, from one victory to another. In the year 108 the already victorious Trajan went forth toward the east, to conquer not only Armenia, Assyria, and Mesopotamia, but also the countries beyond the Tigris, carrying the bounds of the Roman empire to a far greater extent than ever. We find no emperor like him for making conquests. He aimed at nothing else; he lived only to conquer. Meantime, in him was eminently fulfilled what had been prophesied of the fourth empire, #Dan 2:40|, 7:23, that he should devour, tread down, and break in pieces the whole earth.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 6:2


Re 6:2 And I saw, and behold, a white horse. Let the reader note particularly what John saw, and then remember that it is symbolical, and that instead of looking for a literal fulfillment, we are to ask the meaning of the symbols. There are several features of the vision that fix our attention: (1) The horse; (2) his white color; (3) the armed warrior; (4) his crown; (5) his bow; (6) his mission. It is certain that none of these features would have been named if they did not possess a significance. What do each of these symbols mean? I will consider them in order: (1) THE HORSE. He was never used by the Jews or Orientals as a beast of burden. The ox and the ass were devoted to that office, and the horse was reserved for war. Whenever the horse is mentioned by the prophets it will be found in connection with warlike employments. That the horse is always associated with war can be seen by consulting Job 29:25 Ps 76:6 Pr 21:31 Jer 8:6 Eze 26:10. Hence this symbol points to a period of war, though it alone does not declare whether the conflict is carnal or spiritual, is triumphant or disastrous. (2) THE WHITE COLOR. As there are three more horses in succession under the three following seals, each of different colors, the color must have a meaning. White must have a different significance from red, or black, or pale. What is indicated by the color of the first horse? White is the color of prosperity, of happiness, and triumph. Whenever a Roman General was given a triumph his chariot was drawn by milk-white horses. In Re 19:11 the Mighty Conqueror who wears many crowns is seen riding on a white horse. Commentators are agreed that the white horse signifies prosperous, victorious wars. (3) THE RIDER. His significance is due to his arms, his crown, and the white horse he rides. It is enough to state here that he represents either some conqueror, or a conquering age. (4) THE CROWN. "A crown was given to him". This crown is not "the diadem" ("diadema") but the "garland crown" ("stephanos"). The last was the crown given as a reward for victory in battle, for great achievements or for victory in games. The Hero of chapter 19 wears many diadems, kingly crowns (Re 19:12), but this rider wears the garland crown, the "stephanos". It is important to note this distinction. (5) THE BOW. He is armed with a usual weapon of war in that age. The bow may signify that the rider is a great, warlike figure, or there may be a special significance in the fact that he is armed with a bow instead of a sword or spear.

Discussion for Revelation 6

  • Obbie Beal
    This chapter is WOW!.. because the current events of all the nations of the world (social, political, economical, etc.,) proves when we added-up the current events of the nations of the world the total is seal # 6 can open before we take our next breath. WOW !
  • A disciple
    Under the fifth seal, and under all that which up to now is opened to our view; it is the persecution of Cain against Abel, and Nimrod against the happy and virtuous new world after the cataclysm; the furious rage of the heathen, and the vain imagination of the people against the LORD, and against His Anointed. And so the sixth seal is the Day of the LORD; and the seventh seal silence in heaven.
  • A disciple
    Al Zepp (2); Very kind regards to you also :) The wording in the Greek (Textus Receptus) says simply, "For the time at hand;" which I think is very interesting. Also, in that Daniel describes these things in terms of weeks (maybe by heaven, or by some root meaning that was lost translating to English?), and that Moshiach would suffer and be cut off near the completion of the "Seventy Weeks."
  • A disciple
    Hello, Al Zepp; Thank you for your civil and kind words. (Genesis 10:8-11; 11:1-9) This is a most important moral and spiritual disaster, and that which set the course for heathen defiance and perversion from the truth deeply set into the minds and souls of men. This topic needs to be thoroughly searched out and understood; as it is the fundamental cause of the antichrist spirits in the world.
  • A disciple
    The most common way that many "try' to understand prophecy altogether, including Revelation; excludes the part of eternity where God dwells; and limit their view by man's thinking in terms of man's temporal existence here. An accurate understanding of the history of the world as it is recorded in the Scriptures of Truth will allow you to view the prophecy from eternity looking down into time.
  • Al Zepp
    Dear disciple,
    I will try to show you a time table of John's writings of his vision. Rev1;1 John wrote of things shortly to come to pass. Verse 2. For the things He saw. Verse 3 For the time is at hand. John was in a state of "Tribulation." along with his brothers in Christ. Do these Scriptures seem to imply John was recording things present to his day looking forward? My kindest regards. Al

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