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. Chapter 5.

The Scroll and the Lamb

1 Then I saw in the right hand of the One who sat on the throne a scroll, with writing inside and out, and it was sealed up with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?' 3 There was no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth able to open the scroll or to look inside it. 4 I was in tears because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look inside it. 5 But one of the elders said to me: 'Do not weep; for the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Scion of David, has won the right to open the scroll and break its seven seals.'

6 Then I saw standing in the very middle of the throne, inside the circle of living creatures and the circle of elders, [Or: standing between the throne, with four living creatures, and the elders ...] a Lamb with the marks of slaughter upon him. He had seven horns and seven eyes, the eyes which are the seven spirits of God sent out over all the world. 7 And the Lamb went up and took the scroll from the right hand of the One who sat on the throne. 8 When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders had a harp, and they held golden bowls full of incense, the prayers of God's people, 9 and they were singing a new song:

11 Then as I looked I heard the voices of countless angels. These were all round the throne and the living creatures and the elders. Myriads upon myriads there were, thousands upon thousands, 12 and they cried aloud: 13 Then I heard every created thing in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, all that is in them, crying: 14 And the four living creatures said, 'Amen', and the elders fell down and worshipped.
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