JOHN THE DIVINE*
Revelation 4 ©
1 From here to the end of the seventh chapter, there is described the second vision, containing the first prophesy of the things that were afterwards to come to pass. 2 Where in the first place there is shown to the apostle a royal throne in the opened heaven. 3 And the glory of God sitting upon the throne. 4 And afterwards twenty-four, crowned elders sitting round about the throne, together with thunderclaps, lightnings and burning lamps. 6 And a sea of glass and four beasts with many eyes and wings. 9 Lastly, there is recorded the hymn or song of praise which the four beasts and the twenty-four elders sang unto God.
AFTER1 this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice 2which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which 3must be 4hereafter.
And immediately I 5was in the spirit: and, behold, 6a throne was set in heaven, and one 7sat 8on the throne.
And he that sat was 9to look upon like a jasper and a sardinea stone: and there was 10a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: 11and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed 12in white raiment; and they had on their heads 13crowns of gold.
And out of the throne proceeded 14lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were 15seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are 16the seven Spirits of God.
And before the throne there was 17a seab of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were 18four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
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.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they 19rest not 20day and night, saying, Holy,c holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, whichd was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts give 21glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth 22for ever and ever,
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and 23cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Thoue art 24worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and 25for thy pleasure they are and were created.