Κιθάρα harpsignifies an instrument unlike our harp as ordinarily constructed. For praise. BibliographyZerr, E.M. "Commentary on Revelation 5:8". Bruce was of the opinion that "the elders perform priestly functions in heaven"; but such a view must be rejected. prayers of saints — as the angel offers their prayers (Revelation 8:3) with incense (compare Psalm 141:2). It is true the system under which he was brought up was done away but he had not realized it as yet. 1879-90. The prayers offered are probably all those as yet unanswered petitions that people have prayed asking God to judge unrighteousness including, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven" (cf. When he had taken—Greek aorist, when he took, making the triumphal chant of the cherubic beasts and the elders in instantaneous consequence. The work of loosing the seals is interrupted by a song of praise--verses8-14. "Commentary on Revelation 5:8". BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. . Without harps no vials. John 5:23. Revelation 5:8. This is clear in the Greek text from the gender of hekastos, translated "each one." The representation there undoubtedly is, that the angel is employed in presenting the prayers of the saints which were offered on earth before the throne. understands by the prayers symbolically offered only intercessory prayers, whose chief subject is the protection and perfection of the Church, and judgment upon enemies; while he regards the harps as referring to prayers of adoration and thanksgiving.(1933). The fragrant smoke of incense rising from the hand of a worshipper or from an altar in the primitive cultus (cf. (2 Chronicles 26:16-21; Leviticus 10:1-4). 8. ἔχοντες ἕκαστος κιθάραν. Harps held by living creatures who had no hands but only wings, and the collocation of a harp played by a person who is at the same time holding a bowl, are traits which warn us against prosaically visualising such visions. "Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books". The fact that these are prayers “of the saints” in Revelation 5:8 indicates that God hears the prayers of His people. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). Bengel: "Whether the saints were those in heaven or those on earth, is not specified. See Numbers 7:13, Numbers 7:19, Numbers 7:25, Numbers 7:31, Numbers 7:37, Numbers 7:43, etc. The gently indicated vials float softly on the hands, as do also the harps. When. A diminutive of biblos; a roll. BibliographySchaff, Philip. Harps - A B, Syriac, Coptic, read, 'a harp:' a guitar, played with the hand or a quill. Golden vials; rather, golden bowls or goblets. See Psalms 141:2. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Revelation 8:3-4, Revelation 13:7; Revelation 13:10, Revelation 11:18, Revelation 18:20. Hence, they offer him homage as Divine. Having—Probably referring to the elders alone; for, 1. And when he took the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb; having every one harps and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of saints. The order therefore should rather be: first the taking of the book, then the solemn ascription of praise, finally the opening. By the saints are primarily to be understood the saints on earth—comp. ch. "Commentary on Revelation 5:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". The impression which this should leave on our minds ought to be, that our prayers are wafted before the throne, and are acceptable to God. Each one had a harp, and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Which are the prayers; showing the acceptableness to God of humble, believing, affectionate, and fervent prayer. See the notes on Isaiah 5:12.