Revelation 19:16

16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 19:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
ESV
16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
NLT
16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
MSG
16 On his robe and thigh is written, King of kings, Lord of lords.
CSB
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

Revelation 19:16 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 19:16

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
&c.] This name, afterwards expressed, is said to be written on his vesture, in allusion to the custom of persons of note and eminence having their names interwoven in their garments, and which was sometimes done in letters of gold, as Zeuxis had F20; and it is expressive of the conspicuousness of Christ's kingdom, which now will come with observation; his judgments, the administrations of his kingly office, will be manifest, and he will reign before his ancients gloriously: and its being said to be written on his thigh may mean either that it was upon that part of his garment which covered his thigh; or else that it was also on his sword, which he sometimes girt upon his thigh. Mr. Daubuz has given an instance out of Victor Vitensis, of Clementianus, a monk, who had written on his thigh,

``"a manichee" disciple of Jesus Christ.''

And this being done in Africa, he supposes it to be a Phoenician custom continued. It may here denote the perpetuity of Christ's name, power, and dominion, which will continue to the latest posterity, ( Psalms 72:17 ) which spring from the thigh; and it may denote the subjection of his people to him, signified by the putting the hand under the thigh, ( Genesis 24:2 ) . And this name is

King of kings and Lord of lords;
which will well suit him now when he shall be openly King over all the earth; (See Gill on Revelation 17:14).


FOOTNOTES:

F20 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 35. c. 9.

Revelation 19:16 In-Context

14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

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Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 12
  • 2. S 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14