Revelation 16:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 16:5, NIV: Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: 'You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were;

Revelation 16:5, ESV: And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.

Revelation 16:5, KJV: And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Revelation 16:5, NASB: And I heard the angel of the waters saying, 'Righteous are You, the One who is and who was, O Holy One, because You judged these things;

Revelation 16:5, NLT: And I heard the angel who had authority over all water saying, 'You are just, O Holy One, who is and who always was, because you have sent these judgments.

Revelation 16:5, CSB: I heard the angel of the waters say, You are just, the Holy One, who is and who was, because you have passed judgment on these things.

What does Revelation 16:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The apostle John reports in this verse that he heard an angel in charge of the waters—the waters that have just become blood—extol God. The angel addresses God as, "O Holy One, " and declares that He is just and eternal.

As the Holy One, God cannot think or do anything wrong or sinful. So, what He does in judging the wicked is right and in keeping with His abhorrence of evil. As the eternal God, He has always been holy and just, is holy and just now, and always will be holy and just. He never accuses the innocent and never excuses the guilty. The angel understands clearly that God is the source of the judgments. He agrees fully with God's action of turning the waters into blood. He yields his administration of the waters into God's righteous hands.

In the fifth seal judgment, the martyrs had begged God to punish their murderers (Revelation 6:9–11). Now the time of vengeance on their behalf has arrived.