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Revelation 6 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Seals

Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:1 - I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:2 - I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:3 - When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:4 - Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:5 - When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:6 - Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[fn] of wheat for a day’s wages,[fn] and six pounds[fn] of barley for a day’s wages,[fn] and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:7 - When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:8 - I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:9 - When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:10 - They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:11 - Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters,[fn] were killed just as they had been.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:12 - I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:13 - and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:14 - The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:15 - Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:16 - They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us[fn] from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 6:17 - For the great day of their[fn] wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”
NIV Footnotes
Or about 1 kilogram
Greek a denarius
Or about 3 kilograms
Greek a denarius
The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 12:10; 19:10.
See Hosea 10:8.
Some manuscripts his

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