Revelation 9:7
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English Standard Version
In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces,

King James Bible
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

American Standard Version
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for war; and upon their heads as it were crowns like unto gold, and their faces were as men's faces.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle: and on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold: and their faces were as the faces of men.

English Revised Version
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for war; and upon their heads as it were crowns like unto gold, and their faces were as men's faces.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the shapes of the locusts were like to horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Weymouth New Testament
The appearance of the locusts was like that of horses equipped for war. On their heads they had wreaths which looked like gold.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Shapes (ὁμοιώματα)

Lit., likenesses.

Horses

Compare Joel 2:4. The likeness of a locust to a horse, especially to a horse equipped with armor, is so striking that the insect is named in German Heupferd hay-horse, and in Italian calvaletta little horse.

Crowns

Not actual crowns, but as crowns. Milligan remarks that any yellow brilliancy about the head of the insect is a sufficient foundation for the figure.

As the faces of men

There is a distant resemblance to the human countenance in the face of the locust. Men (ἀνθρώπων) is to be taken not as distinguishing sex, but in the generic sense: human faces.

Revelation 9:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the shapes.

Joel 2:4,5 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run...

Nahum 3:17 Your crowned are as the locusts, and your captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day...

their faces.

Daniel 7:4,8 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth...

Cross References
Joel 2:4
Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run.

Nahum 3:17
Your princes are like grasshoppers, your scribes like clouds of locusts settling on the fences in a day of cold-- when the sun rises, they fly away; no one knows where they are.

Revelation 6:2
And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

Revelation 9:3
Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth.

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