Revelation 6:9

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when hee had opened the fift seale, I saw vnder the altar, the soules of them that were slaine for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when the fifth stamp was undone, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for the word of God, and for the witness which they kept.
- Basic English Bible

And when it opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held;
- Darby Bible

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
- Webster's Bible

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw at the foot of the altar the souls of those whose lives had been sacrificed because of the word of God and of the testimony which they had given.
- Weymouth Bible

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been killed for the Word of God, and for the testimony of the Lamb which they had.
- World English Bible

And whanne he hadde opened the fyuethe seel, Y say vndur the auter the soulis of men slayn for the word of God, and for the witnessing that thei hadden.
- Wycliffe Bible

And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony that they held,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 6:9


6:9 And when he opened the fifth seal - As the four former seals, so the three latter, have a close connexion with each other. These all refer to the invisible world; the fifth, to the happy dead, particularly the martyrs; the sixth, to the unhappy; the seventh, to the angels, especially those to whom the trumpets are given. And I saw - Not only the church warring under Christ, and the world warring under Satan; but also the invisible hosts, both of heaven and hell, are described in this book. And it not only describes the actions of both these armies upon earth; but their respective removals from earth, into a more happy or more miserable state, succeeding each other at several times, distinguished by various degrees, celebrated by various thanksgivings; and also the gradual increase of expectation and triumph in heaven, and of terror and misery in hell. Under the altar - That is, at the foot of it. Two altars are mentioned in the Revelation, the golden altar of incense, #Rev 9:13|; and the altar of burnt - offerings, mentioned here, and #Rev 8:5|, 14:18, 16:7. At this the souls of the martyrs now prostrate themselves. By and by their blood shall be avenged upon Babylon; but not yet, whence it appears that the plagues in the fourth seal do not concern Rome in particular.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 6:9


Re 6:9 THE FIFTH SEAL. And when he had opened the fifth seal. It is evident from the entire change of imagery that, after the fourth seal, the subject of prophetic vision is entirely changed. The horse now disappears, and is seen no more in connection with the opening of the seals. Along with the horse the armed warriors sweep out of sight. The next vision is that of suffering saints. I saw . . . the souls of them that were slain for the word of God. These are clearly Christians who had suffered martyrdom. They had died "for the word of God". They were under the altar. Since the temple is typical of the church, the altar, the center of worship, points to the church and its worship. The brazen altar stood at the door of the tabernacle, and at the bottom of it all the blood of the offerings was poured (Le 4:7). Their position probably points out that their own blood was poured out for Christ.

Discussion for Revelation 6

  • Matt
    The 4 horsemen represent the 4 hidden dynasties: religion (white); politics (red); the economy (black) and education (pale). Satan controls all of these through his children, the Kenites.
  • A disciple
    The Four Horsemen are four evil spirits sent into the world, to deceive the Nations, and to eventually lead them up to battle against Jerusalem and the God of Israel their Saviour and King. They also represent God's judgment being manifested in the making of the world of the ungodly into that which shows their own wickedness and perversion and error: for with all this, they persecute Christians!
  • Darin Gentry
    They are fixing to saddle up !!!!! GET READY!!!
  • Joan Travick
    Rev. 6:17 - And who shall be able to stand? Those to whom GOD has said, "Stand and see the GLORY of GOD". HIS GLORY, just as HE demonstrated to Elijah, will bring down everything; and, there shall not be one stone left upon another. Man is building skyscrapers, each man trying to outdo the other; but, GOD's has said, there shall not be one stone left upon another. and HIS word is true! GLORY!!
  • Obbie Beal
    Verse 1-17 above ... When we take into consideration 'all actions by all governments' of the world plus 'all actions of all people of the world (saved and unsaved)' ... the whole world is ready for the Sixth Seal... Thank God for salvation through the shed blood of the Lamb / Jesus Christ. WOW!
  • Philly mpho monakisi
    The second coming of the master is getting near everyday when all eyes will see the son of man coming with clouds and glory. The world will mourn as the lords of lords appear in the sky. Jesus is coming we are the last generation.

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