Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne1 a scroll with writing on both sides2 and sealed3 with seven seals.
And I saw a mighty angel4 proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"
But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.
I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion5 of the tribe of Judah,6 the Root of David,7 has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
Then I saw a Lamb,8 looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures9 and the elders.10 He had seven horns and seven eyes,11 which are the seven spiritsa12 of God sent out into all the earth.