Revelation 5:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 5:6, NIV: "Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth."

Revelation 5:6, ESV: "And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth."

Revelation 5:6, KJV: "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."

Revelation 5:6, NASB: "And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth."

Revelation 5:6, NLT: "Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God that is sent out into every part of the earth. "

Revelation 5:6, CSB: "Then I saw one like a slaughtered lamb standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth."

What does Revelation 5:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse John describes how he saw Jesus as a Lamb, standing between God's throne and the four living creatures (Revelation 4:6–7), and in the midst of the twenty-four elders (Revelation 4:4). The Lamb that appeared to have been slain had seven horns and seven eyes. Horns are a scriptural metaphor for power, and the verse explains that the seven eyes are the seven spirits sent out into all the earth.

The word "slain" is from the Greek root word sphazō, which may also be translated as "slaughtered or butchered." It describes the violent death Jesus endured on the cross to take away our sin. In Old Testament times lambs served as sacrifices for sin, but these only foreshadowed Jesus, God's Lamb, who shed His blood as the perfect, once-for-all sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:11–12). When John the Baptist saw Jesus approaching, he told an assembled crowd, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). In heaven, the Lamb's seven horns represent his perfect power, and the seven eyes represent the Holy's Spirit's perfect vision of all that transpires on earth.