1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come* and see.
(Synecdoche* 633, 634)

2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come* and see.
(Synecdoche* 633, 634)

4 And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come* and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
(Synecdoche* 633, 634)

6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.


7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come* and see.
(Synecdoche* 633, 634)

8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death*, and with the beasts of the earth.
(Metonymy* 566)

9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls†* of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
(Metonymy 545; Synecdoche* 640Prosopopœia 867)

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
(Prosopopœia 867)

11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they [were], should be fulfilled.


12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;


13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.


14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.


15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
(Polysyndeton 228)

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:


17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?


Italicized words in [brackets] were added by the King James Version translators.


Notes: v9- “souls” is put for the person by way of Metonymy, and as a part for the whole by way of Synecdoche.

V15- here the word “and”,
καὶ in the Greek, is used several times in the figure of speech Polysyndeton. Polysyndeton is a bonding together of enumerated items into a unit, by way of conjunctions, so as not to exclude any item from the whole. The first καὶ is used more as Anaphora than it is Polysyndeton, but really it follows the pattern of the Hebrew narrative style that we see in Genesis chapter 1, and in the gospels.


Technically this would still be a Polysyndeton, because it is the use of many conjunctions in unison in an extra-grammatical fashion outside the norm. But its purpose is the continuity of context, so I call this a“Contextual Continuity Conjugation. Each individual part of the whole should be viewed in light of the whole.


See also The Companion Bible Appendix 3, “Genesis Finds Its Complement In The Apocalypse”, by E. W. Bullinger.

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