New International Version

Revelation 4

The Throne in Heaven

1After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits[a] of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,’[b]

who was, and is, and is to come.”

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”


  1. Revelation 4:5 That is, the sevenfold Spirit
  2. Revelation 4:8 Isaiah 6:3

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

启示录 4


1此后,我再观看,见天上有一扇门开了,又听见刚才那个像号角般响亮的声音对我说:“你上这里来,我要把以后必发生的事指示给你看。” 我便立刻被圣灵感动,看见天上安设着一个宝座,有一位坐在宝座上, 闪耀着碧玉和红宝石般的光彩。有一道翡翠般的彩虹围绕着宝座。 宝座的周围设有二十四个座位,有二十四位长老坐在上面,他们身穿白袍,头戴金冠。 从宝座中有闪电、响声、雷鸣发出,宝座前面燃烧着七把火炬,代表[a]上帝的七灵。 宝座前还有一个水晶般的玻璃海,宝座的四周有四个活物,他们前后都长满了眼睛。 第一个活物像狮子,第二个像牛犊,第三个有人的面孔,第四个像飞鹰。 这四个活物各有三对翅膀,翅膀内外都长满眼睛。他们昼夜不停地说:


每逢这些活物将荣耀、尊贵、感谢献给坐在宝座上、活到永永远远的那位时, 10 二十四位长老就俯伏在坐宝座的那位面前,敬拜那位永活者,又摘下他们头上的冠冕,放在宝座前,说:

11 “我们的主,我们的上帝,


  1. 4:5 代表”希腊文是“就是”。