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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Revelation 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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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 1:7". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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