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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Revelation 1:16

And he had (kai exwn).
"And having," present active participle of exw, loose use of the participle (almost like eixe, imperfect) and not in agreement with autou, genitive case. This is a common idiom in the book; a Hebraism, Charles calls it.

In his right hand (en thi dexiai xeiri).
For safe keeping as in John 10:28.

Seven stars (asterav epta).
Symbols of the seven churches (verse 1:20), seven planets rather than Pleiades or any other constellation like the bear.

Proceeded (ekporeuomenh).
Present middle participle of ekporeuomai, old compound (Matthew 3:5) used loosely again like exwn.

A sharp two-edged sword (rompaia distomov oxeia).
"A sword two-mouthed sharp." Rompaia (as distinct from maxaira) is a long sword, properly a Thracian javelin, in N.T. only Luke 2:35; Revelation 1:16; 2:12; Hebrews 4:12. See stoma used with maxairhv in Luke 21:24 (by the mouth of the sword).

Countenance (opsiv).
Old word (from optw), in N.T. only here, John 7:24; 11:44.

As the sun shineth (wv o hliov painei).
Brachylogy, "as the sun when it shines." For painei see John 1:5.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 1:16". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=re&chapter=001&verse=016>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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