Revelation of John 13

The First Beast

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea a with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and b blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was c like a leopard; its feet were like d a bear’s, and its mouth was like e a lion’s mouth. And to it f the dragon gave his power and g his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and h the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying i Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

And the beast was given j a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for k forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling,
Or tabernacle
that is, those who dwell in heaven.
Also it was allowed m to make war on the saints and to conquer them.
Some manuscripts omit this sentence
And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,
and all o who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in p the book of life of q the Lamb r who was slain. s If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

10  t If anyone is to be taken captive,
to captivity he goes;
u if anyone is to be slain with the sword,
with the sword must he be slain.

v Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

The Second Beast

11 Then w I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence,
Or on its behalf
and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, y whose mortal wound was healed.
13  z It performs great signs, even aa making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of
Or on behalf of
the beast ac it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast ad that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not ae worship the image of the beast af to be slain. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave
Greek bondservant
ah to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is ai the name of the beast or aj the number of its name. 18  ak This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number al of a man, and his number is 666.
Some manuscripts 616

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