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Translation of Revelation 5:8-14

Okay, it’s time for some apocalyptic material. This week I turned to Revelation and found one of my favorite passages from Revelation. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

I’ll take just a moment to point out the format for this again. I placed in one column the Greek text. In the second column I put my translation from the Greek (again, it is a fairly literal translation), then in the third column I placed a random modern-day translation (RMDT). This week’s RMDT is the New Living Translation. I hope you enjoy it.

Greek

My Translation

NLT

8 Καὶ ὅτε ἔλαβεν τὸ βιβλίον, τὰ τέσσαρα ζῷα καὶ οἱ εἴκοσι τέσσαρες πρεσβύτεροι ἔπεσαν ἐνώπιον τοῦ ἀρνίου ἔχοντες ἕκαστος κιθάραν καὶ φιάλας χρυσᾶς γεμούσας θυμιαμάτων, αἵ εἰσιν αἱ προσευχαὶ τῶν ἁγίων, And when he took the scroll, the four living things and the twenty-four elders fell before the lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones, And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
9 καὶ ᾄδουσιν ᾠδὴν καινὴν λέγοντες· ἄξιος εἶ λαβεῖν τὸ βιβλίον καὶ ἀνοῖξαι τὰς σφραγῖδας αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἐσφάγης καὶ ἠγόρασας τῷ θεῷ ἐν τῷ αἵματί σου ἐκ πάσης φυλῆς καὶ γλώσσης καὶ λαοῦ καὶ ἔθνους and they sing a new song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; because you were slaughtered and you bought for God, with your blood, people from every tribe and language and people and nation And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 καὶ ἐποίησας αὐτοὺς τῷ θεῷ ἡμῶν βασιλείαν καὶ ἱερεῖς, καὶ βασιλεύσουσιν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς. and you made them for our God a kingdom and priests, and they will rule upon the earth.” And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.”
11 Καὶ εἶδον, καὶ ἤκουσα φωνὴν ἀγγέλων πολλῶν κύκλῳ τοῦ θρόνου καὶ τῶν ζῴων καὶ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων, καὶ ἦν ὁ ἀριθμὸς αὐτῶν μυριάδες μυριάδων καὶ χιλιάδες χιλιάδων And I looked, and I heard a voice of many angels around the throne and the living things and the elders, and their number was ten thousands of ten thousands, and thousands of thousands Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders.
12 λέγοντες φωνῇ μεγάλῃ· ἄξιόν ἐστιν τὸ ἀρνίον τὸ ἐσφαγμένον λαβεῖν τὴν δύναμιν καὶ πλοῦτον καὶ σοφίαν καὶ ἰσχὺν καὶ τιμὴν καὶ δόξαν καὶ εὐλογίαν. saying with a great voice, “The lamb that was slaughtered is worthy to receive the power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.” And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered– to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
13 καὶ πᾶν κτίσμα ὃ ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς καὶ ὑποκάτω τῆς γῆς καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης καὶ τὰ ἐν αὐτοῖς πάντα ἤκουσα λέγοντας· τῷ καθημένῳ ἐπὶ τῷ θρόνῳ καὶ τῷ ἀρνίῳ ἡ εὐλογία καὶ ἡ τιμὴ καὶ ἡ δόξα καὶ τὸ κράτος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. And every creature that is in heaven and upon the earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, I heard saying, “To the one who is sitting upon the throne and the lamb, be the praise and the honor and the glory and the ruling power into all eternity.” And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
14 καὶ τὰ τέσσαρα ζῷα ἔλεγον· ἀμήν. καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι ἔπεσαν καὶ προσεκύνησαν. And the four living things were saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped. And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.

Please let me know what you think. Any questions, comments, and even insults are more than welcome. I am trying to get better at this so everything you comment with is bound to help in some way.

MSE

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