5:8 and when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground 1 before the Lamb. Each 2 of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 3
8:3 Another 4 angel holding 5 a golden censer 6 came and was stationed 7 at the altar. A 8 large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne.
1 tn Grk “fell down.” BDAG 815 s.v. πίπτω 1.b.α.ב. has “fall down, throw oneself to the ground as a sign of devotion or humility, before high-ranking persons or divine beings.”
2 tn Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
3 sn This interpretive comment by the author forms a parenthesis in the narrative.
4 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
5 tn Grk “having.”
6 sn A golden censer was a bowl in which incense was burned. The imagery suggests the OT role of the priest.
7 tn The verb “to station” was used to translate ἑστάθη (Jestaqh) because it connotes the idea of purposeful arrangement in English, which seems to be the idea in the Greek.
8 tn Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation. Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.