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Revelation 5:5

ESV And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."
NIV Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
NASB And one of the elders *said to me, 'Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to be able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'
CSB Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Look, the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered so that he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
NLT But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, 'Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.'
KJV And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
NKJV But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

What does Revelation 5:5 mean?

According to this verse, one of the twenty-four elders (Revelation 4:4) told John to stop crying because Jesus had achieved the victory over sin and gained the right to open the scroll and loose its seven seals. No one else had the moral authority, or the legal right, to enact these judgments.

The elder identified Jesus in two ways. First, he identified him as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. When the patriarch Jacob blessed his sons, he called his son Judah a lion's cub and predicted that the scepter would not depart from him (Genesis 49:9–10). This prediction anticipated the arrival of a descendant of Judah who would rule as King. Revelation 5:5 also identifies this person as the Root of David, meaning the source of King David's power and kingdom. Only Jesus, David's rightful descendant and heir to the throne if Israel, was legally entitled to open the scroll and launch the judgments it contained. The wise men told King Herod that Bethlehem in the land of Judah had been prophesied to be the birthplace of a ruler who would shepherd Israel (Matthew 2:6). The prophecy was given in Micah 5:2.
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