Andrew Harrison – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him.

H8055, 56, 57





G2167 (noun form of the speaking well)


Rev 19

1. And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying,Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

2. For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

3. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

4. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

5. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

6. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white:for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

v7 – The phrase is an end of a process. What is the difference between glad and rejoice.

Glad – in a consistent translation is the word rejoice.

Rejoice is another word which is something slightly different to the glad/rejoice word.

Where do these words come together (glad and rejoice)

1 Chron 16

10. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

31. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoiceand let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

H8055 – links to the revelation “rejoice”

H1523 – Glad

These two words come together a few places in the OT

Lev 23

In a time talking about “booths”

34. Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

40. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

They were supposed to be rejoicing in this context, the rejoicing doesn’t happen in the other feasts.

1 Kings 1

37. As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David.

38. So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon.

39. And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointedSolomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

40. And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.

1 King 4

20. Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.

21. And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.

Wonderful picture of the Kingdom

Want to consider the rejoicing that is in the run up to the Kingdom.

Ps 16 – another place where the words come together.

7. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

8. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

This is quoted into Acts 2 where something happens to it.

25. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Compare the two verses

9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

26. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

The tongue is added and it’s not clear where this comes from as a quotation.

In Rev 19 v7 – Rejoice is consistent, but here it isn’t the same word.

G2165 – something linked to thinking…

Therefore the translation would be something like – “my heart was thinking well and my heart was glad”

With that in mind, we can look at some other places….

Rom 15

10. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. (quoting from Deu 32 v43) – perhaps it is shout for joy here.

Gal 4

26. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

27. For it is written, Rejoicethou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. (from Isa 54 v1 – shout for Joy, same as Deu)

Luke 15

(more about “thinking well”)

23. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

25. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

26. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

28. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

29. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

30. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

31. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

32. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad (main word for rejoice in NT, first of the two words in Rev 19 v7): for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

They are well thinking about the situation and are rejoicing.

Not many other examples of this thinking well.

Act 2 v 28 – we see the noun form

28. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. G2167

Rev 19

7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

What does the “be glad mean”?

Mat 5 v 12

12. Rejoice (G5463) and be exceeding glad (G21): for great is your reward in heaven: for sopersecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Same order as Rev 19 v 7

1 Peter 1 – some similarities here…

3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6. Wherein ye greatly rejoice (second word in Mat 5 v 12), though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice (this is the word we are thinking about G21) with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

John 8

56. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Inadequate translation

Suggested translation is  – Your father Abraham was glad in order that he should see my day, and he saw and he rejoiced.

He achieved it (being glad), and then he rejoiced.

It is related to the word “leap” – a rare word

Acts 3

7. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength.

8. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. (G242)

The leaping seems to the be root of the “was glad” that he did in John 8. This is what Abraham did.

Acts 14

9. The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10. Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

A crippled man (similar to Acts 3) who has faith, leapt and walk.

** John 4 v 14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

A verb that is an internal way of “leaping”

Now a little bit of work back in the OT again.

The phrase from Rev 7 – rejoice and be glad (have internal leaping) – they come together in various places… Acts 2 – my tongue was glad (leaping)

This comes from Ps 16.

How is he second word in Ps 16 different in the OT to the rejoice and being glad? – perhaps has a sense of turning around and jumping/leaping around? – needs more work.

Before the marriage feast of the lamb, we see that the bride is ready and they are about to have the marriage feast. We should be jumping around inside (struggle to translate)

1 Chron 16 – the way of worship being put together shows this. Comes towards the time when Solomon is going to be King.

Ps 48

11. Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad (leap around), because of thy judgments.

Went through further examples of H1523 in the Psalms to see where the jumping around occurs.


In Rev 19 we see the voices of the multitude, then this proclamation comes.

The “we” – translated as “us” in v7 caught attention.

This is reflective of the voice being a great multitude… linkage back to the 24 elders etc.

v 5 – there is an instruction. Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

Focussing on the “we” in terms of the OT back ground. What is this?

Regular word rejoicing only occurs a few times in this “we” form, if we then zoom in to those that seem to be relevant to the passage we find…

Isa 25 (talking about a city)

2. For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

6. And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

7. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

Similar to the fall of Babylon

8. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for theLORD hath spoken it.

9. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our (PLURAL Starting) God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Emphasising the plurality of the multitude of those who have waited, who will be saved and will say in that date these things. The point in time resonated with Rev 19 – when the bride is ready….

In this passage the words are in the correct order for Rev 19

Ps 118

22. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

23. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is talking about the “day” also.

Opening of gates v19

v20 – the righteous will enter (I)

Then – v22 – 24 where it turns to “our” and “we”

Same order as Isa.

26. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

These link together and are relevant to Rev 19.

S of S 1

1. The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.

2. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

3. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

4. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

This seems relevant to the marriage supper.

The wine, which causes us to remember his love for us.

Difficult to match the words from old to new testament, but the glad and rejoicing is pertinent.

Even these passages are relevant to Rev 19. The joy and gladness is very wide spread, this is encouraging.

This is we together, we shall do it together in this day, in Christ.


Linked John 8 to Gen 22 where Abraham perhaps did this seeing. The multitudes are blessed and possess gate of enemies.

John 4 v 14 – Jesus is a well “springing up”

Hymn 50 fit well with this!