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Revelation 1:6

    Revelation 1:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And has made us to be a kingdom and priests to his God and Father; to him let glory and power be given for ever and ever. So be it.

    Webster's Revision

    and he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    World English Bible

    and he made us to be a Kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    Definitions for Revelation 1:6

    Amen - Dependable; faithful; certain.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 1:6

    Kings and priests - See on 1 Peter 2:5 (note), 1 Peter 2:9 (note). But instead of βασιλεις και ἱερεις, kings and priests the most reputable MSS., versions, and fathers have βασιλειαν ἱερεις, a kingdom and priests; i.e. a kingdom of priests, or a royal priesthood. The regal and sacerdotal dignities are the two highest that can possibly exist among men; and these two are here mentioned to show the glorious prerogatives and state of the children of God.

    To him be glory - That is, to Christ; for it is of him that the prophet speaks, and of none other.

    For ever and ever - Εις τους αιωνας των αιωνων· To ages of ages; or rather, through all indefinite periods; through all time, and through eternity.

    Amen - A word of affirmation and approbation; so it shall be, and so it ought to be.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 1:6

    And hath made us kings and priests unto God - In 1 Peter 2:9 the same idea is expressed by saying of Christians that they are "a royal priesthood." See the notes on that verse. The quotation in both places is from Exodus 19:6; "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests." This idea is expressed here by saying that Christ had made us in fact kings and priests; that is, Christians are exalted to the dignity and are invested with the office, implied in these words. The word "kings," as applied to them, refers to the exalted rank and dignity which they will have; to the fact that they, in common with their Saviour, will reign triumphant over all enemies; and that, having gained a victory over sin and death and hell, they may be represented as reigning together. The word "priests" refers to the fact that they are engaged in the holy service of God, or that they offer to him acceptable worship. See the notes on 1 Peter 2:5.

    And his Father - Even his Father; that is, the Saviour has redeemed them, and elevated them to this exalted rank, in order that they may thus be engaged in the service of his Father.

    To him be glory - To the Redeemer; for so the construction Revelation 1:5 demands. The word "glory" here means praise, or honor, implying a wish that all honor should be shown him.

    And dominion - This word means literally "strength" - κράτος kratos; but it here means the strength, power, or authority which is exercised over others, and the expression is equivalent to a wish that he may reign.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 1:6

    1:6 To him that loveth us, and, out of that free, abundant love, hath washed us from the guilt and power of our sins with his own blood, and hath made us kings - Partakers of his present, and heirs of his eternal, kingdom. And priests unto his God and Father - To whom we continually offer ourselves, an holy, living sacrifice. To him be the glory - For his love and redemption. And the might - Whereby he governs all things.