1Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. The scroll had writing on both sides. The scroll was kept closed with seven seals. 2And I saw a powerful angel. The angel called in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3But there was no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth who could open the scroll or look inside it. 4I cried and cried because there was no one who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5But one of the elders said to me, “Don’t cry! The Lion ˻(Christ)˼ from Judah’s family group has won the victory. He is David’s descendant. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6Then I saw a Lamb standing in the center of the throne with the four living things around it. The elders were also around the Lamb. The Lamb looked like it had been killed. It had seven horns and seven eyes. These are the seven spirits of God that were sent into all the world. 7The Lamb came and took the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. 8After the Lamb took the scroll, the four living things and the 24 elders bowed down before the Lamb. Each one of them had a harp. Also they were holding golden bowls full of incense. These bowls of incense are the prayers of God’s holy people. 9And they all sang a new song ˻to the Lamb˼: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were killed; and with your blood ˻(death)˼ you bought people for God from every tribe, language, race of people, and nation. 10You made these people to be a kingdom, and you made these people to be priests for our God. And they will rule on the earth.” 11Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels. The angels were around the throne, the ˻four˼ living things, and the elders. There were thousands and thousands of angels—there were 10,000 times 10,000. 12The angels said with a loud voice: “˻All˼ power, wealth, wisdom and strength belong to the Lamb (Jesus) that was killed. He is worthy to receive honor, glory, and praise!” 13Then I heard every living thing that is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. I heard every thing in all these places. I heard them all saying: “All praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever to the One that sits on the throne and to the Lamb!” 14The four living things said, “Amen!” And the elders bowed down and worshiped.