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Verses of Revelation 10

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Revelation 10:8 Commentary - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

The Little Book.

A. D. 95.

      8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.   9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.   10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.   11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

      Here we have, I. A strict charge given to the apostle, which was, 1. That he should go and take the little book out of the hands of that mighty angel mentioned before. This charge was given, not by the angel himself who stood upon the earth, but by the same voice from heaven that in the fourth verse had lain an injunction upon him not to write what he had discerned by the seven thunders. 2. To eat the book; this part of the charge was given by the angel himself, hinting to the apostle that before he should publish what he had discovered he must more thoroughly digest the predictions, and be in himself suitably affected with them.

      II. An account of the taste and relish which this little book would have, when the apostle had taken it in; at first, while in his mouth, sweet. All persons feel a pleasure in looking into future events, and in having them foretold; and all good men love to receive a word from God, of what import soever it be. But, when this book of prophecy was more thoroughly digested by the apostle, the contents would be bitter; these were things so awful and terrible, such grievous persecutions of the people of God, and such desolation made in the earth, that the foresight and foreknowledge of them would not be pleasant, but painful to the mind of the apostle: thus was Ezekiel's prophecy to him, ch. iii. 3.

      III. The apostle's discharge of the duty he was called to (v. 10): He took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up, and he found the relish to be as was told him. 1. It becomes the servants of God to digest in their own souls the messages they bring to others in his name, and to be suitably affected therewith themselves. 2. It becomes them to deliver every message with which they are charged, whether pleasing or unpleasing to men. That which is least pleasing may be most profitable; however, God's messengers must not keep back any part of the counsel of God.

      IV. The apostle is made to know that this book of prophecy, which he had now taken in, was not given him merely to gratify his own curiosity, or to affect him with pleasure or pain, but to be communicated by him to the world. Here his prophetical commission seems to be renewed, and he is ordered to prepare for another embassy, to convey those declarations of the mind and will of God which are of great importance to all the world, and to the highest and greatest men in the world, and such should be read and recorded in many languages. This indeed is the case; we have them in our language, and are all obliged to attend to them, humbly to enquire into the meaning of them, and firmly to believe that every thing shall have its accomplishment in the proper time; and, when the prophecies shall be fulfilled, the sense and truth of them will appear, and the omniscience, power, and faithfulness of the great God will be adored.

Verses of Revelation 10

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Revelation 10:8 - The Greek Testament

Revelation 10:8 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 10:8 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 10:8 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Revelation 10:8 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 10:8 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 10:8 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 10:8 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 10:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 10:8 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Revelation 10:8 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 10:8 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 10:8 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 10:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 10:8 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Revelation 10:8 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 10:8 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Revelation 10:8 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Revelation 10:8 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 10:8 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Revelation 10:8 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Revelation 10:8 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Revelation 10:8 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 10:8 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 10:8 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 10:8 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Revelation 10:8 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 10:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 10:8 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Revelation 10:8 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Revelation 10:8 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 10:8 - Combined Bible Commentary

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