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Revelation 4:8-9

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4:8 Each one of the four living creatures had six wings 1  and was full of eyes all around and inside. 2  They never rest day or night, saying: 3 

Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, 4 

Who was and who is, and who is still to come!”

4:9 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, 5  and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

1 tn Grk “six wings apiece,” but this is redundant with “each one” in English.

2 tn Some translations render ἔσωθεν (eswqen) as “under [its] wings,” but the description could also mean “filled all around on the outside and on the inside with eyes.” Since the referent is not available to the interpreter, the exact force is difficult to determine.

3 tn Or “They never stop saying day and night.”

4 tn On this word BDAG 755 s.v. παντοκράτωρ states, “the Almighty, All-Powerful, Omnipotent (One) only of God…() κύριος ὁ θεὸς ὁ π. …Rv 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7; 21:22.”

sn A quotation from (or an allusion to) Isa 6:3.

5 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.



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