Revelation 1:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 1:13, NIV: and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.

Revelation 1:13, ESV: and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.

Revelation 1:13, KJV: And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Revelation 1:13, NASB: and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and wrapped around the chest with a golden sash.

Revelation 1:13, NLT: And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest.

Revelation 1:13, CSB: and among the lampstands was one like the Son of Man, dressed in a robe and with a golden sash wrapped around his chest.

What does Revelation 1:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John saw someone "like a son of man" in the midst of the seven lampstands. The Son of Man is a messianic term that relates Jesus to Israel, but it also reveals His humanity. He is truly man as well as truly God. The prophet Daniel predicts that dominion, glory, and a kingdom will be given to the Son of Man. John 5:27 testifies that God has conveyed Jesus authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.

What follows John's reference to the Son of Man is a symbolic description of the risen, glorified Jesus. He wears a long robe with a golden sash around His chest. The long robe depicts a judge or a priest or perhaps both, because Jesus is both judge (James 5:9) and high priest (Hebrews 4:14–16). The golden sash symbolizes Jesus' purity (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22; 3:18; Hebrews 4:15).