Christ shall open the book, and loose the seals of it, who is here expressed under a double character: 1. As one thus ruling over the people of God, there was a propriety that to him should be entrusted the task of opening these seals. One of the elders(1877) stills the weeping of John, by showing him Christ as the one able to open the book. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Revelation 5 (Rev 5:1) – 1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back, close sealed with seven seals. Revelation 5:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Revelation 5:10, NIV: "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.'" Now this illustrious Person, so described. New York, USA. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. The world is like a great house, with vessels to honour and vessels to dishonour; He loves it as His great house, but let it be our care that we be not the vessels to dishonour. Revelation 5:5 " And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. " fol. [16] John Wesley, Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament (Naperville, Illinois: London: Epworth Press, n.d.), in loco. to open—that is, so as to open. Author: E. Swedenborg (1688-1772). [Note: See David J. MacLeod, "The Lion Who Is a Lamb: An Exposition of Revelation 5:1-7 ," Bibliotheca Sacra164:655 (July-September2007):323-40.]. Prevailed - `conquered' absolutely, as Revelation 3:21 : His past victory over all the powers of darkness entitles Him to open the book. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. BibliographyWesley, John. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/revelation-5.html. As the series of events to be disclosed, resulting in the final triumph of religion, was the effect of his conflicts with the powers of evil, there was a special propriety that the disclosure should be made by him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/revelation-5.html. Revelation 5:5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! Christ’s success is due to his legitimate messianic authority as a Davidic scion ( ῥίζα = shoot or sprout on main stem, cf. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". As one thus ruling over the people of God, there was a propriety that to him should be entrusted the task of opening these seals. Charles Schribner's Sons. The Lion of the tribe of Juda—The lion was the ancient symbol of the tribe of Judah. Revelation 5:5. ὁ λέων ὁ ἐκ τῆς φυλῆς ἰούδα, κ. τ. λ. ; Revelation 17:1; Revelation 19:9; Revelation 21:9, &c.; Revelation 22:8, &c.) saith to me, Weep not: behold (the ἰδού serves to present before him the scene of which he says in the next verse καὶ εἶδον.…) the Lion which is from the tribe of Judah (from ref. v. 14. There is one who can break those seals, and who can unroll that volume and read what is recorded there. As God"s ultimate Anointed One, Jesus alone possessed the authority necessary for this task. "Family Bible New Testament". This might be said with still greater truth by Christ, to whom David himself also there points, in whom he saw the highest perfection of his being and his race; see my Comm. Not merely "a sucker come up from David's ancient root" (as Alford limits it), but also including the idea of His being Himself the root and origin of David: compare these two truths brought together, Mt 22:42-45. He was able to console John and bid him refrain from weeping, because there was one available who would be able to open the book. As the series of events to be disclosed, resulting in the final triumph of religion, was the effect of his conflicts with the powers of evil, there was a special propriety that the disclosure should be made by him. John's application of this glorious title to Christ, or rather its being so done in heaven, confirms Jesus Christ as the true occupant of the throne of David. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/revelation-5.html. Compare these two brought together, Matthew 22:42-45. An indispensable condition was the victory over sin and Satan, through death and blood. 1832. ῥάβδος, in sense of “shoot” occurs with ῥίζα in Isaiah 11:1 (cf. and a little after, Messiah, the son of David, who is אריה, "a lion", shall be on his right hand, and Messiah, the son of Joseph, who is an ox, on his left hand; so the word of the Lord frequently, in the Chaldee paraphrase, is said to be a lionF7Targum in Hos. And one of the elders saith, &c.— This might well be translated, And the first of the elders; the first speaking in the name of all the rest. 1874-1909. (1880) Others, as N. de Lyra, Calov., Boss., Ebrard, Klief.,(1881) have, on the other hand, referred the ἐνίκησεν to the triumphantly completed work of redemption,(1882) so that then the infinitive statement, ἀνοὶξαι, κ. τ. λ., appears not in an objective relation to ἐνίκησεν, but as exegetical,(1883) and the ἐνίκησεν as absolute. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. 1765. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". ς , one ) Without doubt one of those who rose with Christ, and ascended into heaven: Matthew 27:52 . But Cluver judges that this, as far as it respects Jacob, is uncertain. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". Root of David—Not the root from which David sprung; but the root-sprout which germinates from David and culminates in Messiah. Revelation 5:5. “Christ cometh of the seed of David” (comp. "They have Moses and the prophets," saith Abraham, Luke 16:29; "To the law and to the testimony," Isaiah 8:20. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". It especially harmonizes with this view, that one of the elders, therefore one of those who have in themselves experienced the fruit of Christ’s victory, and with complete clearness know the entire meaning of this victory, directs the weeping John to the Lion of the tribe of Judah; not as though this elder had observed that Christ meanwhile had besought the enthroned God for permission to open the book, and had obtained it,(1891) but because the elder has the blessed assurance that the exalted Christ, since he is Lord and King of his kingdom, is also the Mediator of all revelation. Remember the twenty-four elders were representatives of the church. Hath prevailed] Gr. Gerhard in Bengel thought Jacob to be meant, being, doubtless, one of those who rose with Christ and ascended to heaven (Matthew 27:52, Matthew 27:53). 12:31, 32 the messiah’s rebuke to the Roman empire is thus described: leonem quem uidisti de silva euigilantem mugientem et loquentem ad aquilam et arguentem eam iniquitatis … hic est unctus, quern reseruauit altissimus in finem [dierum, qui dicitur ex semine David]. One oldest manuscript, B, reads, "He that openeth," that is, whose office it is to open, but the weight of oldest authorities is with English Version reading, namely, A, Vulgate, Coptic, and Origen. One of the24elders comforted John with the news that Jesus Christ would open the scroll (cf. (6) That is, most mighty and most approved Prince: according to the use of the Hebrew speech. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). Broadman Press 1932,33. So that this victory has that for its foundation of which John has written in his Gospel. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/revelation-5.html. Root of David - (Isaiah 11:1; Isaiah 11:10.) "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". It was one of the members of the Christian church, who was near the throne of God, had communion with him, and knowledge of his will, who in this visionary way is represented as comforting John under his sorrow and concern, and giving him information: and sometimes persons of superior abilities may receive instruction from meaner persons, as did Apollos from Aquila and Priscilla: the same said unto John. ( Isaiah 53:7). Just like the apostles and Jesus Christ, we, too, are going to be kings and priests on earth, where the Kingdom will be located.Thus, we find that God is producing a community, and that community is a nation as well as a Family.The members of that Family are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, and we all have a … { Genesis 49:10} The Lion couched, was the escutcheon or arms of that tribe, { Genesis 49:8-9} and Christ was of the House of David, the King of Judah, { 2 Samuel 2:4}, Hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof, The Lord Jesus Christ prevailed by his sufferings, whereby he overcame all his and his churches enemies. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. He is called the Root of David; he was a Branch of David, as he was man, but the Root of David, as he was God; therefore David, Psalms 110:1, called him Lord, though he was his Son. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. . Same as "kindred", Revelation 5:9. prevailed. And one from among the elders saith unto me, Weep not, behold the Lion, which is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, overcame, to open the roll and the seven seals thereof. Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” As Barclay noted, "This means that Jesus Christ, the son of David, was the promised Messiah."[20]. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. on Revelation 22:16). John's affectionate sorrow might hinder him from attending unto the glad tidings brought unto him: Therefore the elder first prohibited him from weeping: Tears and sorrows may hinder choice Christians, and indispose them to receive spiritual comforts. Revelation 7:13, Revelation 15:7, Revelation 17:1, Revelation 21:9. ὁ λέων ὁ ἐκ τῆς φυλῆς Ἰούδα. on the Psalms 18. These Elders represent the triumphant Church, which knows by happy experience the blessedness of her victory. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". This expression would connect him directly with David, the great and glorious monarch of Israel, and as having a right to occupy his throne. BibliographyHengstenberg, Ernst. One of the twenty-four older men steps forward and urges John not to weep. 1863-1878. Ingenious, though not sufficiently grounded, is the opinion of some expositors, that the patriarch Jacob is the elder who said to John, "Weep not." The verse has been translated, “Behold, one conquered, (even) the Lion . "THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH" depicts Christ in His STRENGTH. DD. But this shews a misconception of the original figure, which is taken from a tree that seemed to be dying, like the house of David in the days of Ahaz (Isaiah 7:13): then a new and stately stem shoots up from the root. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah] So Moses sets forth our Saviour. 5. There is an allusion here to Genesis 49:9, Judah is a lion's whelp; the lion was the emblem of this tribe, and was supposed to have been embroidered on its ensigns. 1879-90. The designation of Christ as "the lion of the tribe of Judah" rests on Genesis 49:9. Revelation 5:5 . Revelation 5:5. KJ21. Christ’s victory (won upon earth, which is an argument that the whole of the context is Christian) has this consequence that He can “open.” The well supported variant ὁ ἀνοίγων is grammatically easier and less effective—both presumptions in favour of the text. The truths taught in this verse are: (1) that the power of making disclosures, in regard to the future, is entrusted to the Messiah; and. One of the elders (εις εκ των πρεσβυτερων — heis ek tōn presbuterōn). B. Eerdmans Publishing company, 1977), p. 144. ἀνοῖξαι. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The expression is based upon Genesis 49:9. His tears are based upon incomplete knowledge. The words are spoken by one of the twenty-four elders, and the propriety of this is obvious. .” The right to open the roll is thus made to turn, as we noticed before, not merely on the divine Sonship of our Lord, but upon His victory: He conquered, and so opens the secret purposes of God to His Church. The verb is therefore to be understood absolutely (as so often in the seven Epistles to the churches), and not to be connected only with the words ‘to open,’ as if the meaning were simply that the Lamb had overcome all obstacles in the way of opening the roll. "[18] Despite this, the conception is nevertheless found in the patriarchal blessing of Judah (Genesis 49:10), who earned the right to have his name stand in a title of the Messiah when he unselfishly offered himself as a ransom for his brother Benjamin (Genesis 44:18-34). 2013. 1859. Grot.,(1878) Vitr., C. a Lap., Beng., Eichh., Heinr., Ew., etc., regarded(1879) the ἐνίκησεν in immediate combination with the ἀνοῖξαι, κ. τ. λ., so that the latter appears as an object to the conception ἐνίκησεν. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. The following expression shews, that the prophesy in Genesis 49:9-10 concerning Judea, was fulfilled in a more sublime sense in Christ the Son of God; and, at the same time, points out his genealogy according to the flesh. Also, the scroll was sealed with seven seals. This suits well here. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof." (2)that this, so far as he is concerned, is the result of a conflict or struggle on his part. John is told to look at the lion of the tribe of Judah. If the elders were, however (see the notes on Revelation 4:4), the representatives of the church, there was a propriety that they should address John in his trouble. Revelation 2:27) in a messianic connotation (cf. Jacob described his son as “a lion’s whelp” (Genesis 49:9); the standard of Judah in the Israelitish encampment is said to have been a lion. For the elder wished to signify to John, that there was one who was counted worthy of administering that work, for which John wept that none was equal to. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hkc/revelation-5.html. Romans 15:12. Isaiah 11:10); He is the one who was David’s Lord (Matthew 22:41-45), and “the true source and ground of all power” to David and David’s tribe, and of all who looked to Him, and not to themselves, for strength. Study the bible online using commentary on Revelation 5:5 and more! One of the elders means one of the four and twenty who represent the two great systems of religion. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Calmet) -- It is he who has merited by his triple victory over death, sin, and hell, the great honour of opening the book, and revealing the secrets therein contained. Jesus Christ has won the victory! He had in his vision seen a book in the right hand of God the Father, sitting upon his throne of glory; he had heard an angel proclaiming: If any were worthy, he should open the book, and loose the seals. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. 1896. College Press, Joplin, MO. One of the elders said unto me, weep not "Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books". ), is expressed already in Revelation 3:21, and is repeated immediately afterwards in Revelation 5:9,(1889) only in another statement or explanation; viz., that, just because Christ has struggled and conquered in earthly humility,(1890) he is worthy to open the sealed book. And one from among the elders saith unto me, Weep not; behold, the Lion, which is of the tribe of Judah, the Boot of David, conquered (so as) to open the roll, and the seven seals thereof. "E.W. { Revelation 3:22}. The enigma of the world’s history lies with Christ, to be solved and to be controlled. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". Read Revelation 5:5 commentary using A Testimony of Jesus Christ. to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, [Note: See David J. MacLeod, "The Lion Who Is a Lamb: An Exposition of, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. See the notes on Isaiah 11:1. Not an angel, but an elder (Revelation 4:4), speaks the good news! The object which you so much desire can be obtained. The root of David — As God, the root and source of David's family, Isaiah 11:1,10. To open the book, and loose the seven seals thereof, signifies to know the states of life of all in the heavens and on the earth, and to judge everyone according to his state, as in (n. 258, 259). There is one who can break those seals, and who can unroll that volume and read what is recorded there. 1865-1868. Revelation 19:11–16 describes Jesus' return to earth to establish His kingdom. XLV. Hebr. BibliographySchaff, Philip. 49. In Christ the race of David, as the hero and conqueror, lived anew—that David who boldly said, "By thee can I dash in pieces the warlike people, and by my God I leap over walls. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. must not be resolved into a perfect, but points to the past event of that great victory, by virtue of which the opening is in His power), (so as) to open (construction, see above) the book and (in order to that) its seven seals. He overcame Satan, sin, and death, so He could implement God"s purposes for the future that this scroll revealed. 79047 (first century) τὰς σφ. Revelation 5:5. εἷς, one) Without doubt one of those who rose with Christ, and ascended into heaven: Matthew 27:52. The thought is exactly parallel with other scriptures which give emphasis to the work of redemption. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". The elders in heaven round God‘s throne know better than John, still in the flesh, the far-reaching power of Christ. "Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation". Graec. Look! Christ was to be born of this tribe, and was to be a great Conqueror. Now this illustrious Person, so described. 1870. and one of the elders saith unto me,, Weep not; behold, the Lion that is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath overcome to open the book and the seven seals thereof. 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