5 One of the elders said to me,＂Do not weep. The lion of the tribe of
6 Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, a Lamb 4 that seemed to have been slain. He had seven horns and seven eyes; these are the (seven) spirits of God sent out into the whole world.
8 When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones.
9 They sang a new hymn:＂Worthy are you to receive the scroll and to break open its seals, for you were slain and with your blood you purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation.
11 I looked again and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless 5 in number,
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in the universe, cry out:＂To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.＂
1 [1-14] The seer now describes a papyrus roll in God's right hand (Rev 5:1) with seven seals indicating the importance of the message. A mighty angel asks who is worthy to open the scroll, i.e., who can accomplish God's salvific plan (Rev 5:2). There is despair at first when no one in creation can do it (Rev 5:3-4). But the seer is comforted by an elder who tells him that Christ, called the lion of the tribe of
2  A scroll: a papyrus roll possibly containing a list of afflictions for sinners (cf Ezekiel 2:9-10) or God's plan for the world. Sealed with seven seals: it is totally hidden from all but God. Only the Lamb (Rev 5:7-9) has the right to carry out the divine plan.
4  Christ is the Paschal Lamb without blemish, whose blood saved the new Israel from sin and death; cf Exodus 12; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29, 36; Acts 8:32; 1 Peter 1:18-19. This is the main title for Christ in Rev, used twenty-eight times. Seven horns and seven eyes: Christ has the fullness (see the note on Rev 1:4) of power (horns) and knowledge (eyes); cf Zechariah 4:7. [Seven] spirits: as in Rev 1:4; 3:1; 4:5.
5  Countless: literally,＂100,000,000 plus 1,000,000,＂ used by the author to express infinity.