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Revelation 6:12-14

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6:12 Then 1  I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 2  earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 3  and the full moon became blood red; 4  6:13 and the stars in the sky 5  fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 6  its unripe figs 7  when shaken by a fierce 8  wind. 6:14 The sky 9  was split apart 10  like a scroll being rolled up, 11  and every mountain and island was moved from its place.

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the vision.

2 tn Or “powerful”; Grk “a great.”

3 tn Or “like hairy sackcloth” (L&N 8.13).

4 tn Grk “like blood,” understanding αἷμα (aima) as a blood-red color rather than actual blood (L&N 8.64).

5 tn Or “in heaven” (the same Greek word means both “heaven” and “sky”). The genitive τοῦ οὐρανοῦ (tou ouranou) is taken as a genitive of place.

6 tn Grk “throws [off]”; the indicative verb has been translated as a participle due to English style.

7 tn L&N 3.37 states, “a fig produced late in the summer season (and often falling off before it ripens) – ‘late fig.’ ὡς συκὴ βάλλει τοὺς ὀλύνθους αὐτῆς ὑπὸ ἀνέμου μεγάλου σειομένη ‘as the fig tree sheds its late figs when shaken by a great wind’ Re 6:13. In the only context in which ὄλυνθος occurs in the NT (Re 6:13), one may employ an expression such as ‘unripe fig’ or ‘fig which ripens late.’”

8 tn Grk “great wind.”

9 tn Or “The heavens were.” The Greek word οὐρανός (ouranos) can mean either “heaven” or “sky.”

10 tn BDAG 125 s.v. ἀποχωρίζω states, “ὁ οὐρανὸς ἀπεχωρίσθη the sky was split Rv 6:14.” Although L&N 79.120 gives the meaning “the sky disappeared like a rolled-up scroll” here, a scroll that is rolled up does not “disappear,” and such a translation could be difficult for modern readers to understand.

11 tn On this term BDAG 317 s.v. ἑλίσσω states, “ὡς βιβλίον ἑλισσόμενον like a scroll that is rolled upRv 6:14.”



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