Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentRevelation 1:7
- Behold, he cometh with the clouds (idou erxetai meta twn nepelwn).
- Futuristic present middle indicative of erxomai, a reminiscence of Daniel 7:13 (Theodotion). "It becomes a common eschatological refrain" (Beckwith) as in Mark 13:26; 14:62; Matthew 24:30; 26:64; Luke 21:27. Compare the manifestation of God in the clouds at Sinai, in the cloudy pillar, the Shekinah, at the transfiguration" (Vincent).
- Shall see (opsetai).
- Future middle of oraw, a reminiscence of Zechariah 12:10 according to the text of Theodotion (Aquila and Symmachus) rather than the LXX and like that of Matthew 24:30 (similar combination of Daniel and Zechariah) and 26:64. This picture of the victorious Christ in his return occurs also in :; 19:11-21; 20:7-10.
- And they which (kai oitinev).
- "And the very ones who," Romans and Jews, all who shared in this act.
- Pierced (exekenthsan).
- First aorist active indicative of ekkentew, late compound (Aristotle, Polybius, LXX), from ek and kentew (to stab, to pierce), in N.T., only here and John 19:37, in both cases from Zechariah 12:10, but not the LXX text (apparently proof that John used the original Hebrew or the translation of Theodotion and Aquila).
- Shall mourn (kopsontai).
- Future middle (direct) of koptw, old verb, to cut, "they shall cut themselves," as was common for mourners (Matthew 11:17; Luke 8:52; 23:27). From Zechariah 12:12. See also Revelation 18:9.
- Tribes (pulai).
- Not just the Jewish tribes, but the spiritual Israel of Jews and Gentiles as in 7:4-8. No nation had then accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour, nor has any yet done so.
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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 1:7". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=re&chapter=001&verse=007>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.