Revelation 1:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 1:14, NIV: "The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire."

Revelation 1:14, ESV: "The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,"

Revelation 1:14, KJV: "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;"

Revelation 1:14, NASB: "His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire."

Revelation 1:14, NLT: "His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire."

Revelation 1:14, CSB: "The hair of his head was white as wool--white as snow--and his eyes like a fiery flame."

What does Revelation 1:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse John describes Jesus as having hair like white wool and snow. The prophet Daniel wrote that he saw the Ancient of Days, describing Him as having hair that resembled wool (Daniel 7:9). Seen as having such a resemblance to God the Father, Jesus is eternal. His white hair suggests He is wise, experienced, dignified, authoritative, pure, and glorious.

John writes that Jesus' eyes were like a flame of fire. Nothing is hidden from His sight. As the all-seeing judge, He judges righteously, without partiality. Also, His judgments are pure and right. No one can feign innocence in Jesus' presence and succeed with the hypocrisy (Romans 1:18–20). As Revelation unfolds, we see that Jesus sentences unbelievers to three series of judgments for their crimes. Those judgments are the seal judgments, the trumpet judgments, and the bowl judgments. Not one sinner can escape those judgments, and no one can rightfully claim He does not deserve to be punished.