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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Revelation 4:1-11

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.”+  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.+  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.  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.+  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.  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.  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.+  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.”  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.”+

Footnotes

Lit., “Step up.”
Or, “a sardius [or, sardian stone].”
“Elders.” Gr., pre·sby·te′rous.
Lit., “are.”
Or, “within.”
“Holy, holy, holy,” AVgSyh; א* reads “holy” eight times. See App 1J.
See App 1D.
See 1:8 ftn, “Almighty.”
“Elders.” Gr., pre·sby′te·roi.
See App 1D.