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Revelation 16:6

    Revelation 16:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    for they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and blood hast thou given them to drink: they are worthy.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For they made the blood of saints and prophets come out like a stream, and blood have you given them for drink; which is their right reward.

    Webster's Revision

    for they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and blood hast thou given them to drink: they are worthy.

    World English Bible

    For they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. They deserve this."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and blood hast thou given them to drink: they are worthy.

    Definitions for Revelation 16:6

    Saints - Men and women of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 16:6

    Thou hast given them blood to drink - They thirsted after blood and massacred the saints of God; and now they have got blood to drink! It is said that when Tomyris, queen of the Scythians, had vanquished Cyrus, she cut off his head and threw it into a vessel of blood, saying these words: Satia te sanguine, quem sitisti, cujusque insatiabilis semper fuisti; "Satisfy thyself with blood, for which thou hast thirsted, and for which thy desire has been insatiable." See Justin. Hist., lib. i. c. 8. This figure of speech is called sarcasm in rhetoric.

    "Sarcasmus with this biting taunt doth kill:

    Cyrus, thy thirst was blood; now drink thy fill."

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 16:6

    For they have shed the blood of saints - The nations here referred to. They have been engaged in scenes of bloody persecution, and this is a just recompense.

    And prophets - Teachers of religion; ministers of truth. It is not necessary to understand the word "prophets" here in its technical sense, as denoting those who are raised up by God and sent forth as inspired men, but it may be understood in its more common signification in the New Testament as denoting teachers of religion in general. See the Romans 12:6 note; 1 Corinthians 14:1 note.

    And thou hast given them blood to drink - To wit, by turning the streams and fountains into blood, Revelation 16:4. Blood had been poured out in such abundance that it seemed to mingle with the very water that they drank. This was a recompense for their having, in those very regions, poured out so much blood in persecuting the saints and prophets - the pious private members of the church, and the public teachers of religion.

    For they are worthy - That is, they deserve this; or this is a just recompense for their sins. It is not intended that those who would thus suffer had been individually guilty of this, or that this was properly a punishment on them; but it is meant that in those countries there had been bloody persecutions, and that this was a fit recompense for what had there occurred.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 16:6

    16:6 Thou host given then, blood to drink - Men do not drink out of the sea, but out of fountains and rivers. Therefore this is fitly added here. They are worthy - Is subjoined with a beautiful abruptness.