Revelation 20:4 Index
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
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" . . . thrones . . . "

" . . . they sat . . . "

  • Or, "took their seats." (7BC 880)

" . . . judgment . . . "

  • Greek krima, "sentence," "verdict," "a decision rendered."
  • Here krima seems to mean the authority to pass sentence. The passage does not refer to a verdict in favor of the righteous. The saints sit upon thrones, which fact indicates that they are the ones who will pronounce sentence. The passage is doubtless an allusion to (Daniel 7:22), where the prophet notes that "judgment was give to the saints of the most High." (7BC 880)
  • The work of judgment referred to by the revelator is doubtless that spoken of by Paul: "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? (1 Corinthians 6:2) . . . Know ye not that we shall judge angels? (1 Corinthians 6:3). The work of judgment will doubtless involve a careful inestigation of the records of evil men, so that every manwill be convinced of the justice of God in the destruction of the wicked. (7BC 880)

" . . . souls . . . " (Revelation 6:9; Psalm 16:10)