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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 6

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1I WATCHED as the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ 2There before my eyes was a white horse, and its rider held a bow. He was given a crown, and he rode forth, conquering and to conquer.

3The Lamb broke the second seal, and I heard the second creature say, ‘Come!’ 4Out came another horse, which was red. Its rider was given power to take away peace from the earth that men might slaughter one another; and he was given a great sword.

5He broke the third seal, and I heard the third creature say, ‘Come!’ There, as I looked, was a black horse, and its rider was holding in his hand a pair of scales. 6I heard what sounded like a voice from among the four living creatures; it said, ‘A day's wage for a quart of flour, a day's wage for three quarts of barley-meal! But do not damage the olive and the vine!’

7He broke the fourth seal, and I heard the fourth creature say, ‘Come!’ 8There, as I looked, was another horse, sickly pale; its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed close behind. To them was given power over a quarter of the earth, power to kill by sword and famine, by pestilence and wild beasts.

9He broke the fifth seal, and I saw beneath a 6:9 beneath: or at the foot of. the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for God's word and for the testimony they bore. 10They gave a great cry: ‘How long, sovereign Lord, holy and true, must it be before you will vindicate us and avenge our death on the inhabitants of the earth?’ 11They were each given a white robe, and told to rest a little longer, until the number should be complete of all their brothers in Christ's service who were to be put to death, as they themselves had been.

12I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal. There was a violent earthquake; the sun turned black as a funeral pall and the moon all red as blood; 13the stars in the sky fell to the earth, like figs blown off a tree in a gale; 14the sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was dislodged from its place. 15The kings of the earth, the nobles and the commanders, the rich and the powerful, and all men, slave or free, hid themselves in caves and under mountain crags; 16and they called out to the mountains and the crags, ‘Fall on us, hide us from the One who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?’

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a 6:9 beneath: or at the foot of.

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