Revelation of John 13

The First Beast

1And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, awith ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and bblasphemous names on its heads. 2And the beast that I saw was clike a leopard; its feet were like da bear’s, and its mouth was like ea lion’s mouth. And to it fthe dragon gave his power and ghis throne and great authority. 3One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and hthe whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. 4And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, iWho is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

5And the beast was given ja mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for kforty-two months. 6It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling,
Or tabernacle
that is, those who dwell in heaven.
7Also it was allowed mto 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,
8and all owho dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in pthe book of life of qthe Lamb rwho was slain. 9 sIf anyone has an ear, let him hear:

10 tIf anyone is to be taken captive,
to captivity he goes;
uif anyone is to be slain with the sword,
with the sword must he be slain.

vHere is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

The Second Beast

11Then wI saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12It 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, ywhose mortal wound was healed.
13 zIt performs great signs, even aamaking fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of
Or on behalf of
the beast acit deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast adthat was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
15And 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 aeworship the image of the beast afto be slain. 16Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,
Greek bondservant
ahto be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
17so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, aithe name of the beast or ajthe number of its name. 18 akThis calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number alof a man, and his number is 666.
Some manuscripts 616

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