I used to have a nice picture bible growing up and I read and re-read Revelations growing up as a kid. I recently heard that verse but it's not as I remember it. Did it always say "or in the hand?" or just forehead?

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    Even the KJV has hand: biblehub.com/revelation/14-9.htm
    – curiousdannii
    Mar 16, 2016 at 7:21
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    @Jeffrey Allan Backowski II - Which translation was your picture bible? It may have just been a shortened or simplified version of a full translation, in which case it may have skipped over certain words and details. Mar 16, 2016 at 12:13
  • Welcome to Christianity.SE. For a quick overview, please take the Site Tour. That particular verse has always had "or in the hand," as you can see in the listing of Bible translations of that verse here. However, some other verses in Revelation have only "forehead," as you can see in these search results for "forehead" in Revelation here. Perhaps you were thinking of one of those other verses. Mar 16, 2016 at 16:17
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    Notably, there is a lot of forehead-marking going on in Revelation, and a minority of these mentions includes an alternative "on the hand". Is it possible that you may be remembering one of the others?
    – Susan
    Mar 17, 2016 at 10:31

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BibleGateway.com has about fifty English translations of this verse, and they all include hand.

This includes older translations like the KJV, RSV, and The Living Bible (1971). Of course, Bible Gateway is not exhaustive, so it's possible that you had a children's Bible using a different translation or paraphrase.

That said, it's clear that the inclusion of hand in this passage is not a recent development.

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