Revelation 4

The Throne in Heaven

1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me 1like a trumpet, said, 2"Come up here, and 3I will show you what must take place after this."
2 At once 4I was in the Spirit, and behold, 5a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.
3 And he who sat there had the appearance of 6jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was 7a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.
4 Around the throne were 8twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, 9clothed in white garments, with 10golden crowns on their heads.
5 From the throne came 11flashes of lightning, and rumblingsa and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning 12seven torches of fire, 13which are the seven spirits of God,
6 and before the throne there was 14as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are 15four living creatures, 16full of eyes in front and behind:
7 17the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.
8 And the four living creatures, 18each of them with six wings, are 19full of eyes all around and within, and 20day and night they never cease to say, 21"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, 22who was and is and is to come!"
9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, 23who lives forever and ever,
10 the twenty-four elders 24fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast 25their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 26"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for 27you created all things, and 28by your will they existed and were created."
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