4 After these things I saw, and, look! an opened door in heaven, and the first voice that I heard was as of a trumpet,+ speaking with me, saying: “Come on up* here,+ and I shall show you the things that must take place.”+ 2 After these things I immediately came to be in [the power of the] spirit: and, look! a throne+ was in its position in heaven,+ and there is one seated upon the throne.+ 3 And the one seated is, in appearance,+ like a jasper stone+ and a precious red-colored stone,* and round about the throne [there is] a rainbow+ like an emerald+ in appearance. 4 And round about the throne [there are] twenty-four thrones, and upon these thrones+ [I saw] seated twenty-four+ elders*+ dressed in white outer garments,+ and upon their heads golden crowns.+ 5 And out of the throne there are proceeding lightnings+ and voices and thunders;+ and [there are] seven lamps+ of fire burning before the throne, and these mean* the seven spirits+ of God. 6 And before the throne there is, as it were, a glassy sea+ like crystal. And in the midst of the throne and around the throne [there are] four living creatures+ that are full of eyes in front and behind. 7 And the first living creature is like a lion,+ and the second living creature is like a young bull,+ and the third living creature+ has a face like a man’s, and the fourth living creature+ is like a flying eagle.+ 8 And as for the four living creatures,+ each one of them respectively has six wings;+ round about and underneath* they are full of eyes.+ And they have no rest day and night as they say: “Holy, holy, holy* is Jehovah*+ God, the Almighty,*+ who was and who is+ and who is coming.” 9 And whenever the living creatures offer glory and honor and thanksgiving+ to the one seated upon the throne,+ the one that lives forever and ever,+ 10 the twenty-four elders*+ fall down before the One seated upon the throne and worship+ the One that lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, Jehovah,* even our God, to receive the glory+ and the honor+ and the power,+ because you created all things,+ and because of your will+ they existed and were created.”+
^ Lit., “Step up.”
^ Or, “a sardius [or, sardian stone].”
^ “Elders.” Gr., pre·sby·teʹrous.
^ Lit., “are.”
^ Or, “within.”
^ “Holy, holy, holy,” AVgSyh; א* reads “holy” eight times. See App 1J.
^ See App 1D.
^ “Elders.” Gr., pre·sbyʹte·roi.
^ See App 1D.