The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Apocalypse of the Blessed Apostle John
Chapter 5
And now I saw that he who sat on the throne carried in his right hand a scroll. The inside of the page and the outside were both written on, and it was sealed with seven seals.
And I saw an angel of sovereign strength, who was crying in a loud voice, Who claims the right to open the book, and break the seals on it?
But there was no one in heaven, or on earth, or under the earth, who could open the scroll and have sight of it.
I was all in tears, that none should be found worthy to open the scroll or have sight of it;
until one of the elders said to me, No need for tears; here is one who has gained the right to open the book, by breaking its seven seals, the Lion that comes from the tribe of Juda, from the stock of David.
Then I saw, in the midst, where the throne was, amid the four figures and the elders, a Lamb standing upright, yet slain (as I thought) in sacrifice. He had seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, that go out to do his bidding everywhere on earth.
He now came, and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne,
and when he disclosed it, the four living figures and the twenty-four elders fell down in the Lamb’s presence. Each bore a harp, and they had golden bowls full of incense, the prayers of the saints.
And now it was a new hymn they sang, Thou, Lord, art worthy to take up the book and break the seals that are on it. Thou wast slain in sacrifice; out of every tribe, every language, every people, every nation thou hast ransomed us with thy blood and given us to God.
Thou hast made us a royal race of priests, to serve God; we shall reign as kings over the earth.
Then I heard, in my vision, the voices of a multitude of angels, standing on every side of the throne, where the living figures and the elders were, in thousands of thousands,
and crying aloud, Power and Godhead, wisdom and strength, honour and glory and blessing are his by right, the Lamb that was slain.
And every creature in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and on the sea, and all that is in it, I heard crying out together, Blessing and honour and glory and power, through endless ages, to him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.
Then the four living figures said, Amen; and the twenty-four elders fell prostrate, worshipping him who lives for ever and ever.