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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Revelation 4:7


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    King James Bible - Revelation 4:7

    And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

    World English Bible

    The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the
    third creature had a face like a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle.

    Douay-Rheims - Revelation 4:7

    And the first
    living creature was like a lion: and the second living creature like a calf: and the third living creature, having the face, as it were, of a man: and the fourth living creature was like an eagle flying.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And the first
    living being was like a lion, and the second living being like a calf, and the third living being had a face as a man, and the fourth living being was like a flying eagle.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 το 3588 ζωον 2226 το 3588 πρωτον 4413 ομοιον 3664 λεοντι 3023 και 2532 το 3588 δευτερον 1208 ζωον 2226 ομοιον 3664 μοσχω 3448 και 2532 το 3588 τριτον 5154 ζωον 2226 εχον 2192 5723 το 3588 προσωπον 4383 ως 5613 ανθρωπος 444 και 2532 το 3588 τεταρτον 5067 ζωον 2226 ομοιον 3664 αετω 105 πετωμενω 4072 5740

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (7) -
    :6 Ge 49:9 Nu 2:2 *etc:

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 4:7

    Y el primer animal era semejante a un len; y el segundo animal, semejante a un becerro, y el tercer animal tenía el rostro como de hombre; y el cuarto animal, semejante a un guila volando.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Revelation 4:7

    Verse 7. The first
    beast was like a lion] It is supposed that there is a reference here to the four standards or ensigns of the four divisions of the tribes in the Israelitish camp, as they are described by Jewish writers.

    The first living creature was like a lion; this was, say the rabbins, the standard of JUDAH on the east, with the two tribes of Issachar and Zabulon. The second, like a calf or ox, which was the emblem of EPHRAIM who pitched on the west, with the two tribes of Manasseh and Benjamin.

    The third, with the face of a man, which, according to the rabbins, was the standard of REUBEN who pitched on the south, with the two tribes of Simeon and Gad. The fourth which was like a flying (spread) eagle, was, according to the same writers, the emblem on the ensign of DAN who pitched on the north, with the two tribes of Asher and Naphtali. This traditionary description agrees with the four faces of the cherub in Ezekiel's vision. See my notes and diagrams on Num. 2.

    Christian tradition has given these creatures as emblems of the four evangelists. To John is attributed the EAGLE; to Luke the OX, to Mark the LION, and to Matthew the MAN, or angel in human form. As the former represented the whole Jewish Church or congregation, so the latter is intended to represent the whole Christian Church.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 7. And the first beast [was] like a lion , etc.] And this figure expresses the strength of the ministers of the word, the lion being the strongest among beasts, ( Proverbs 30:30), to do the work they are called to, to endure hardness, as good soldiers of Christ, and to bear the infirmities of the weak; and also it denotes their courage and boldness in preaching the Gospel of Christ, without fearing the faces of men, or of being afraid of their revilings: and the second beast like a calf ; or ox, for so the word here used signifies in the Hellenistic language, and with the Septuagint interpreters, and agrees with ( Ezekiel 1:10), and designs the laboriousness of Christ's faithful ministers in treading out the corn of Gospel truth, who labour in the word and doctrine, and are labourers with God; as also their humility, meekness, and patience in bearing insults, reproaches, and sufferings for Christ, and instructing those that oppose themselves: and the third beast had a face as a man ; and points at the humanity and tender heartedness, the wisdom, prudence, knowledge, and understanding, and the use of the reasoning faculty, together with a manly spirit in abiding by the Gospel at any rate; all which are so necessary in the ministers of the word. And the fourth beast [was] like a flying eagle ; which sets forth the sagacity and penetration of Gospel ministers into the deep things of God, and mysteries of grace, and their readiness and swiftness to do the will of God, in publishing the everlasting Gospel; (see Revelation 14:6).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-8 - After the
    Lord Jesus had instructed the apostle to write to the churches "the things that are," there was another vision. The apostl saw a throne set in heaven, an emblem of the universal dominion of Jehovah. He saw a glorious One upon the throne, not described by huma features, so as to be represented by a likeness or image, but only by his surpassing brightness. These seem emblems of the excellence of the Divine nature, and of God's awful justice. The rainbow is a fit emble of that covenant of promise which God has made with Christ, as the Hea of the church, and with all his people in him. The prevailing colou was a pleasant green, showing the reviving and refreshing nature of the new covenant. Four-and-twenty seats around the throne, were filled with four-and-twenty elders, representing, probably, the whole church of God. Their sitting denotes honour, rest, and satisfaction; their sitting about the throne signifies nearness to God, the sight an enjoyment they have of him. They were clothed in white raiment; the imputed righteousness of the saints and their holiness: they had of their heads crowns of gold, signifying the glory they have with him Lightnings and voices came from the throne; the awful declarations God makes to his church, of his sovereign will and pleasure. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne; the gifts, graces, and operation of the Spirit of God in the churches of Christ, dispensed according to the will and pleasure of Him who sits upon the throne. In the gospe church, the laver for purification is the blood of the Lord Jesu Christ, which cleanses from all sin. In this all must be washed, to be admitted into the gracious presence of God on earth, and his glorious presence in heaven. The apostle saw four living creatures, between the throne and the circle of the elders, standing between God and the people. These seem to signify the true ministers of the gospel, becaus of their place between God and the people. This also is shown by the description given, denoting wisdom, courage, diligence, and discretion and the affections by which they mount up toward heaven.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 το 3588 ζωον 2226 το 3588 πρωτον 4413 ομοιον 3664 λεοντι 3023 και 2532 το 3588 δευτερον 1208 ζωον 2226 ομοιον 3664 μοσχω 3448 και 2532 το 3588 τριτον 5154 ζωον 2226 εχον 2192 5723 το 3588 προσωπον 4383 ως 5613 ανθρωπος 444 και 2532 το 3588 τεταρτον 5067 ζωον 2226 ομοιον 3664 αετω 105 πετωμενω 4072 5740

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    7.
    Lion, calf, man, eagle. From this passage is derived the familiar symbolism of the four Evangelists; Mark seated on a lion, Luke on a steer, Matthew on a man, and John on an eagle. These are varied however. Irenaeus attributes the lion to John, and the eagle to Mark. Augustine the lion to Matthew, the man to Mark.

    Lion. See on 1 Pet. v. 8.

    Calf (moscw). Compare Luke xv. 23. In the Septuagint for an ox or steer. Exod. xxii. 1; Ezek. i. 10.

    Eagle (aetw). See on Matt. xxiv. 28.



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