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When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar[a] the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God.

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  1. 6:9 The altar: this altar corresponds to the altar of holocausts in the temple in Jerusalem; see also Rev 11:1. Because of the witness…word of God: literally, “because of the word of God and the witness they had borne.”

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