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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Revelation 1:8

The Alpha and the Omega (to Alpa kai to O).
The first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet, each with its own neuter (grammatical gender) article. This description of the eternity of God recurs in 21:6 with the added explanation h arxh kai to telov (the Beginning and the End) and of Christ in 22:13 with the still further explanation o prwtov kai o esxatov (the First and the Last). This last phrase appears also in 1:17; 2:8 without to Alpa kai to O. The change of speaker here is unannounced, as in 16:15; 18:20. Only here and 21:5. is God introduced as the speaker. The eternity of God guarantees the prophecy just made.

The Lord God (Kuriov o teov).
"The Lord the God." Common phrase in Ezekiel (Ezekiel 6:3,11; 7:2, etc.) and in this book ( 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7; 19:6; 21:22). See 1:4; 4:8 for the triple use of o, etc. to express the eternity of God.

The Almighty (o pantokratwr).
Late compound (pav and kratew), in Cretan inscription and a legal papyrus, common in LXX and Christian papyri, in N.T. only in 2 Corinthians 6:18 (from Jer 38:35) and Revelation 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7,14; 19:6,15; 21:22.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 1:8". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=re&chapter=001&verse=008>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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