I have been pondering the eternity of Jesus’ sacrifice in the Eucharist and was pointed toward Revelation 13:8.
So I look it up in the Douay-Rheims that I have on my phone app, and sure enough: And all the dwell upon the earth adored him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb, which was slain from the beginning of the world.
Then I go to bookmark it in my hard copy RSV-2CE, and find: and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain.
Checked my NAB: All the inhabitants of the earch will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain.
I have the NKJV on my bookshelf, so I pulled that out for a non-Catholic translation: All who dwell on the on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Were the names written (or not) from/before the foundation/beginning of the world? Or was the Lamb slain from/before the foundation/beginning of the world?
A brief Internet search quickly shows that there is much disagreement on this verse, as shown by these commentaries at studylight.org. They are mostly Protestant, but Haydock is included; he is in favor of the “Lamb being slain” emphasis. Several point to 1 Peter 1:20 in support of this view, but some cite Revelation 17:8 as leaning towards the “names… written” position.
Can anyone help clarify?