Revelation 14:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 14:3, NIV: "And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth."

Revelation 14:3, ESV: "and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth."

Revelation 14:3, KJV: "And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."

Revelation 14:3, NASB: "And they *sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to learn the song except the 144,000 who had been purchased from the earth."

Revelation 14:3, NLT: "This great choir sang a wonderful new song in front of the throne of God and before the four living beings and the twenty-four elders. No one could learn this song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth."

Revelation 14:3, CSB: "They sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, but no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth."

What does Revelation 14:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The choristers in heaven join in singing a new song before God's throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. The scene takes us back to chapter 4, where the four living creatures surrounded God's throne and ascribed holiness to Him. The elders at that time praised God and worshiped Him as worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. In this verse it might be the same beings who sing a new song that only the 144,000 can learn. We do not know the words to the song, but they probably extol God for redeeming the 144,000 from the earth.

When God delivered the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and led them safely through the Red Sea, Moses and the Hebrews sang about the experience (Exodus 15). They praised God for redeeming them from the clutches of Pharaoh. It seems reasonable that the song mentioned in Revelation 14:3 focuses on God's power in purchasing the 144,000 by the blood of the Lamb and protecting them through the tribulation.