Revelation 8:3

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And another Angel came & stood at the altar, hauing a golden censer, and there was giuen vnto him much incense, that hee should offer it with the prayers of all Saints vpon the golden altar which was before the throne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And another angel came and stood over the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should add it unto the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And another angel came and took his place at the altar, having a gold vessel for burning perfume; and there was given to him much perfume, so that he might put it with the prayers of all the saints on the gold altar which was before the high seat.
- Basic English Bible

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might give [efficacy] to the prayers of all saints at the golden altar which [was] before the throne.
- Darby Bible

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
- Webster's Bible

And another angel came and stood close to the altar, carrying a censer of gold; and abundance of incense was given to him that he might place it with the prayers of all God's people upon the golden altar which was in front of the throne.
- Weymouth Bible

Another angel came and stood over the altar, having a golden censer. Much incense was given to him, that he should add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
- World English Bible

And another aungel cam, and stood bifor the auter, and hadde a goldun censer; and many encencis weren youun to hym, that he schulde yyue of the preiers of alle seyntis on the goldun auter, that is bifor the trone of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and another messenger did come, and he stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given to him much perfume, that he may give [it] to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar that [is] before the throne,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 8:3


8:3 And - In the second verse, #Rev 7:2 the |trumpets were given to the seven angels; and in the sixth, #Rev 7:6 they |prepared to sound. But between these, the incense of this angel and the prayers of the saints are mentioned; the interposing of which shows, that the prayers of the saints and the trumpets of the angels go together: and these prayers, with the effects of them, may well be supposed to extend through all the seven. Another angel - Another created angel. Such are all that are here spoken of. In this part of the Revelation, Christ is never termed an angel; but, the Lamb. Came and stood at the altar - Of burnt - offerings. And there was given him a golden censer - A censer was a cup on a plate or saucer. This was the token and the business of the office. And much incense was given - Incense generally signifies prayer: here it signifies the longing desires of the angels, that the holy counsel of God might be fulfilled. And there was much incense; for as the prayers of all the saints in heaven and earth are here joined together: so are the desires of all the angels which are brought by this angel. That he might place it - It is not said, offer it; for he was discharging the office of an angel, not a priest. With the prayers of all the saints - At the same time; but not for the saints. The angels are fellowservants with the saints, not mediators for them.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 8:3


Re 8:3 And another angel came and stood over the altar. The scene reveals the altar of the tabernacle, "a pattern made after heavenly things" (Heb 9:23). This is the altar of sacrifice from which the coal was always taken to light the incense (Le 16:13). This angel receives the incense, "the prayers of all saints"; these to reach the throne must be lighted from the altar of sacrifice; or by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God. This angel offers the incense upon the golden altar which was before the throne, the altar of incense.

Discussion for Revelation 8:3

  • Kimberly for verse 3
    My thought it that the Angel stood before the alter with a sensor that was full of praise and prayers from the saints in the earth that at are believing for miracles. The incense represented the prayers from the saints that were then poured out before the throne of God.
  • Robin Ward for verse 3
    Since an "alter " is a place of sacrifice , and Jesus is the LAST sacrifice , "it is finished " this 'ALTER ' in Heaven must be symbolic, and more like the table where the shewbread was displayed ,in the temple. There is NO "alter " for SACRIFICE in Heaven all SACRIFICING was done on EARTH Jesus sacrifice happened on EARTH ' ,Therefore the souls of the saints MUST be in their graves ON EARTH, asleep ,waiting for the last trump NO BODY is in Heaven OR Hell yet , because the judgement hasnt happened yet ,and wont happen until Christ returns to give his rewards , Rev 22,12

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