I watched as the Lamb1 opened the first of the seven seals.2 Then I heard one of the four living creatures3 say in a voice like thunder,4 "Come!"
I looked, and there before me was a white horse!5 Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown,6 and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.73
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature8 say, "Come!"
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.9 Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth10 and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature11 say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse!12 Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.
Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures,13 saying, "A quarta of wheat for a day's wages,b and three quarts of barley for a day's wages,c14 and do not damage15 the oil and the wine!"
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature16 say, "Come!"
I looked, and there before me was a pale horse!17 Its rider was named Death, and Hades18 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.199
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under20 the altar21 the souls of those who had been slain22 because of the word of God23 and the testimony they had maintained.
They called out in a loud voice, "How long,24 Sovereign Lord,25 holy and true,26 until you judge the inhabitants of the earth27 and avenge our blood?"2811
Then each of them was given a white robe,29 and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.30