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1 posted on 11/22/2012 8:51:25 PM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 11/22/2012 8:56:25 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Revelation 10:8-11

The Author Is Given the Little Scroll to Eat

[8] Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go,
take the scroll which is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the
sea and on the land.” [9] So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little
scroll; and he said to me, “Take it and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but
sweet as honey in your mouth.” [10] And I took the little scroll from the hand of
the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten
it my stomach was made bitter. [11] And I was told, “You must again prophesy
about many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”


8-11. Cf. note on 10:2. The book described by Ezekiel 2:8-3:3 was sweet as
honey when eaten; but when Ezekiel began to prophesy, his heart was filled with
bitterness (cf. Ezek 3:14). The same symbolism of the two kinds of taste is used
here — no doubt to indicate that the prophecy contains grace and blessing, and
also judgment and condemnation. The sweetness can also be interpreted as re-
flecting the triumph of the Church, and the bitterness its affliction.

Although nothing is said about what is written on the scroll John is given to eat,
it is reasonable to suppose that it has to do with the passage about the two wit-
nesses which now follows, before the blowing of the seventh trumpet; this would
make it a prophetic oracle, brought in here as a preview of the final eschatologi-
cal battles, to show that evil apparently triumphs on earth.

[The note on 10:2 states:

2. The open scroll carried by the angel is different from the sealed scroll in the
vision recounted in Revelation 5:2. It is more like the scroll described by the pro-
phet Ezekiel (cf. Ezek 2:9-3:1) which was also meant to be eaten by the seer.
The fact that it is open indicates that its content is not secret. The eating of the
scroll symbolizes that what the prophet has to say after he eats it is really the
word of God. It also indicates that God speaks through the medium of a written
text. So, this imagery helps to strengthen people’s faith in the divine inspiration
of sacred writings, that is, the Bible, and to recognize them for what they are —
holy books because they are the very word of God which reaches the Church in
written form via inspired authors: by reading these books publicly the Church is
in fact proclaiming their divine inspiration.

We are not told what this little scroll contains; so, the only reason the writer
brings in this symbol is to make it clear that he is a prophet. He wants people
to be in no doubt about the fact that his prophecies apply to all creation — both
heaven and earth (v. 6).]

Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

3 posted on 11/22/2012 8:57:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Luke 19
45 And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought. Et ingressus in templum, cœpit ejicere vendentes in illo, et ementes, και εισελθων εις το ιερον ηρξατο εκβαλλειν τους πωλουντας εν αυτω και αγοραζοντας
46 Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves. dicens illis : Scriptum est : Quia domus mea domus orationis est : vos autem fecistis illam speluncam latronum. λεγων αυτοις γεγραπται ο οικος μου οικος προσευχης εστιν υμεις δε αυτον εποιησατε σπηλαιον ληστων
47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him: Et erat docens quotidie in templo. Principes autem sacerdotum, et scribæ, et princeps plebis quærebant illum perdere : και ην διδασκων το καθ ημεραν εν τω ιερω οι δε αρχιερεις και οι γραμματεις εζητουν αυτον απολεσαι και οι πρωτοι του λαου
48 And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him. et non inveniebant quid facerent illi. Omnis enim populus suspensus erat, audiens illum. και ουχ ευρισκον το τι ποιησωσιν ο λαος γαρ απας εξεκρεματο αυτου ακουων

26 posted on 11/23/2012 12:36:02 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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