Revelation 19:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 19:10, NIV: "At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, 'Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.'"

Revelation 19:10, ESV: "Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Revelation 19:10, KJV: "And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Revelation 19:10, NASB: "Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, 'Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brothers and sisters who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.'"

Revelation 19:10, NLT: "Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, 'No, don't worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus. ' "

Revelation 19:10, CSB: "Then I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who hold firmly to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.""

What does Revelation 19:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John's experience of intense heavenly praise (Revelation 19:1–5) and the glorious marriage supper of the lamb certainly made an impression. Apparently overwhelmed, he collapsed, ready to worship the angel who disclosed those things. However, the angel immediately resists this worship. He explained that he, too, was a servant of God. Like human beings, angels are created beings. Jesus, on the other hand, created all things, whether in heaven or on earth, "visible and invisible…all things were created through him and for him" (Colossians 1:16). John 1:3 says concerning Jesus, "All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made."

This incident presents some difficult questions. As a Jewish believer, John would have known only God must be the object of worship. His response here, then, raises the question of why he would respond as he did. Some speculate that John, in that moment, sincerely mistook the angel for Jesus. Or, that John was simply overwhelmed and had a lapse in judgment.

This reaction, from the angel, further demonstrates that Jesus was more than willing to claim divinity during His earthly ministry. Though this angel refuses worship, Jesus did not—He accepted it as legitimate (Matthew 14:33; 28:9; John 9:37–38; 20:28–29).