Revelation 21:5 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
5. And he that sat upon the throne said ] The first time that He speaks. The reference is rather to the eternal throne of Rev 4:2 than to the judgement-throne of Rev 20:11, so far as the two can be distinguished.
Behold, I make all things new ] Some O. T. parallels are alleged, e.g. Isa 43:19; Jer 31:22; but really the only close parallel is 2Co 5:17; and the meaning of this passage is, of course, even fuller than of that.
he said unto me ] Read only, he saith. It is doubtful whether the speaker is still “He that sat on the throne;” for a similar command to “write” has been given already, Rev 14:13, Rev 19:9; cf. Rev 10:4 either by an impersonal “voice from heaven” or by the revealing angel. The question is best left open. The repetition of the words “He said unto me” in the next verse is a reason against ascribing all three speeches to Him that sat on the throne; the fresh mention of a revealing angel in Rev 21:9 is perhaps a stronger one against supposing an angel to be speaking here; and the form of the words themselves against their referring to an impersonal voice.
Write: for ] Or perhaps, “Write, ‘These words are’ ” &c.: lit. that these words are ”.…
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