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

Revelation 6:1-17

6  And I saw when the Lamb+ opened one of the seven seals,+ and I heard one of the four living creatures+ say with a voice as of thunder: “Come!”+  And I saw, and, look! a white horse;+ and the one seated+ upon it had a bow;+ and a crown was given him,+ and he went forth conquering+ and to complete his conquest.+  And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature+ say: “Come!”  And another came forth, a fiery-colored horse; and to the one seated upon it there was granted to take peace away from the earth so that they should slaughter one another; and a great sword was given him.+  And when he+ opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature+ say: “Come!” And I saw, and, look! a black horse; and the one seated upon it had a pair of scales+ in his hand.  And I heard a voice as if in the midst+ of the four living creatures+ say: “A quart* of wheat for a de·nar′i·us,*+ and three quarts of barley for a de·nar′i·us; and do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”+  And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature+ say: “Come!”  And I saw, and, look! a pale horse; and the one seated upon it had the name Death. And Ha′des*+ was closely following him. And authority was given them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a long sword+ and with food shortage*+ and with deadly plague* and by the wild beasts+ of the earth.  And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar+ the souls+ of those slaughtered+ because of the word of God and* because of the witness+ work* that they used to have. 10  And they cried with a loud voice, saying: “Until when, Sovereign+ Lord* holy and true,+ are you refraining from judging+ and avenging our blood+ upon those who dwell on the earth?” 11  And a white+ robe was given to each of them; and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number was filled also of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed+ as they also had been. 12  And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and a great earthquake occurred; and the sun became black as sackcloth+ of hair, and the entire moon became as blood,+ 13  and the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as when a fig tree shaken by a high wind casts its unripe figs. 14  And the heaven departed as a scroll that is being rolled up,+ and every mountain and [every] island were removed from their places.+ 15  And the kings of the earth and the top-ranking ones and the military commanders* and the rich and the strong ones and every slave and [every] free person hid themselves in the caves and in the rock-masses+ of the mountains. 16  And they keep saying to the mountains and to the rock-masses: “Fall over us+ and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne+ and from the wrath of the Lamb,+ 17  because the great day+ of their wrath+ has come, and who is able to stand?”+

Footnotes

Gr., Khoi′nix. More than a liter but less than a dry qt.
A Roman silver coin that weighed 3.85 g (0.124 oz t) and equaled a day’s wage. See Mt 20:2.
“Hades,” אA; SyhJ7,8,11-14,16-18,22, “Sheol.” See App 4B.
Lit., “famine.”
Or, “with death.”
Or, “even.”
“Witness work.” Lit., “witness.” Gr., mar·ty·ri′an; Lat., te·sti·mo′ni·um.
“Sovereign Lord.” Gr., ho De·spo′tes; J17,22(Heb.), ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1E.
Or, “the chiliarchs,” each in command of 1,000 soldiers.