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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Revelation 9:4


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    King James Bible - Revelation 9:4

    And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

    World English Bible

    They were told that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any
    green thing, neither any tree, but only those people who don't have God's seal on their foreheads.

    Douay-Rheims - Revelation 9:4

    And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any
    green thing, nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any
    green thing, neither any tree; but only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 ερρεθη 4483 5681 αυταις 846 ινα 2443 μη 3361 αδικησωσιν 91 5661 τον 3588 χορτον 5528 της 3588 γης 1093 ουδε 3761 παν 3956 χλωρον 5515 ουδε 3761 παν 3956 δενδρον 1186 ει 1487 μη 3361 τους 3588 ανθρωπους 444 μονους 3441 οιτινες 3748 ουκ 3756 εχουσιν 2192 5719 την 3588 σφραγιδα 4973 του 3588 θεου 2316 επι 1909 των 3588 μετωπων 3359 αυτων 846

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (4) -
    Re 6:6; 7:3 Job 1:10,12 Ps 76:10 Mt 24:24 2Ti 3:8,9

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 9:4

    Y les fue mandado que no hiciesen dao a la hierba de la tierra, ni a ninguna cosa verde, ni a ningn rbol, sino solamente a los hombres que no tienen la seal de Dios en sus frentes.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Revelation 9:4

    Verse 4. They should not hurt the
    grass] Neither the common people, the men of middling condition, nor the nobles. However, this appears rather to refer to the prudent counsels of a military chief, not to destroy the crops and herbage of which they might have need in their campaigns.

    Which have not the seal of God] All false, hypocritical, and heterodox Christians.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. And it was commanded them , etc.] The locusts, by Christ, who has a sovereign power over all men, and lays them under the restraints of his providence: that they should not hurt the grass of the earth : true Christians, private believers, it may be those of the lower class; who for their numbers, and for their flourishing estate under the dews of heavenly grace, and the distillations of the doctrine of grace, and the clear shining of the sun of righteousness upon them, and for their weakness, may be compared to grass; and yet as these being a company reserved by Christ for himself, who will not break nor bruise them, so neither will he suffer others to hurt them, and resents every offence done to these little ones: neither any green thing ; who have the truth of grace in them, are spiritually alive, and in prosperous circumstances, in a fruitful condition, being filled with the fruits of righteousness from Christ, the green fir tree, and whose leaves of profession continue green; and are themselves, as David says of himself; like a green olive tree in the house of God, ( Psalm 3:8). Neither any tree ; any trees of righteousness, good and righteous who are often compared to trees planted by rivers of water, ( Psalm 1:3) ( Jeremiah 17:8); it may be the ministers of the Gospel, then of great grace and gifts, the tall cedars in Lebanon, may be intended; and so by these various expressions, Christians of every size, from the lowest to the highest class, may be signified. Green things and leaves of trees are what the locusts generally destroy, as appears from the plague of them in Egypt, ( Exodus 10:5,12,15); and as they did in Syria in the year 1586, as Thuanus reports f271 . Now as grass, green things, and trees, are what locusts most desire to feed upon and hurt, so real believers, truly godly persons, are those which both the eastern and western locusts, the Mahometans and Papists, have been very desirous of rooting out and destroying; but Christ takes care of these; these are as the apple of his eye, his jewels, his sheep, his sealed ones; none shall hurt them, they shall never perish; he knows them that are his, and he will preserve them amidst fire and smoke, amidst all the corruptions and calamities in the world: but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads ; (see Revelation 7:2,3); the antichristian party, those of the Romish apostasy, the Papists; and these were they that suffered most by the Saracens, who abhorred image worship, and fell foul on the idolaters of this kind: and, on the other hand, the western locusts, the clergy of the church of Rome, had only influence over the reprobate part of mankind, and only wrought with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, who were giver, up to believe a lie, that they might be damned, but not upon any of the chosen ones, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:11-13).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-12 - Upon sounding the
    fifth trumpet, a star fell from heaven to the earth Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who is represented by thi star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the powers of hell against the churches of Christ. On the opening of the bottomles pit, there arose a great smoke. The devil carries on his designs be blinding the eyes of men, by putting out light and knowledge, an promoting ignorance and error. Out of this smoke there came a swarm of locusts, emblems of the devil's agents, who promote superstition idolatry, error, and cruelty. The trees and the grass, the tru believers, whether young or more advanced, should be untouched. But secret poison and infection in the soul, should rob many others of purity, and afterwards of peace. The locusts had no power to hurt thos who had the seal of God. God's all-powerful, distinguishing grace wil keep his people from total and final apostacy. The power is limited to a short season; but it would be very sharp. In such events the faithfu share the common calamity, but from the pestilence of error they migh and would be safe. We collect from Scripture, that such errors were to try and prove the Christians, 1Co 11:19. And early writers plainl refer this to the first great host of corrupters who overspread the Christian church.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 ερρεθη 4483 5681 αυταις 846 ινα 2443 μη 3361 αδικησωσιν 91 5661 τον 3588 χορτον 5528 της 3588 γης 1093 ουδε 3761 παν 3956 χλωρον 5515 ουδε 3761 παν 3956 δενδρον 1186 ει 1487 μη 3361 τους 3588 ανθρωπους 444 μονους 3441 οιτινες 3748 ουκ 3756 εχουσιν 2192 5719 την 3588 σφραγιδα 4973 του 3588 θεου 2316 επι 1909 των 3588 μετωπων 3359 αυτων 846

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4.
    Green. See on ch. vi. 8.

    Men which (anqrwpouv oitinev). The double relative denotes the class. Rev., such men as have, etc.



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