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Revelation 7:4-8

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7:4 Now 1  I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 2  one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 3  the tribes of the people of Israel: 4 

7:5 From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed,

from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand,

7:6 from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand,

7:7 from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand,

7:8 from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the introduction of new but related material.

2 tn Grk “who were sealed.”

3 tn Normally, “every,” but since 144,000 is the total number, “all” is clearer here.

4 tn Grk “the sons of Israel,” normally an idiom for the Israelites as an ethnic entity (L&N 11.58). However, many scholars understand the expression in this context to refer to Christians rather than ethnic Israelites.



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