Revelation of John 9

The Fifth Trumpet

1 The fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth. a The key to the shaft of the
abyss: The bottomless pit or the depths (of the sea); the prison for Satan and the demons
abyss c was given to him.
2He opened the shaft of the abyss, and smoke came up out of the shaft like smoke from a great
Other mss omit great
furnace so that the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the shaft.
3 Then locusts came out of the smoke on to the earth, and power
Or authority
was given to them f like the power that scorpions have on the earth.
4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green plant, or any tree, but only people who do not have God’s seal on their foreheads. 5 They were not permitted to kill them but were to torment them for five months; their torment is like the torment caused by a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days people will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

7 The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle. g Something like gold crowns was on their heads; their faces were like men’s faces; 8they had hair like women’s hair; their teeth were like lions’ teeth; h 9they had chests like iron breastplates; the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses rushing into battle; 10 and they had tails with stingers like scorpions, so that with their tails they had the power
Or authority
to harm people for five months.
11They had as their king
Or as king over them
the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is
Abaddon: Either the grave or the realm of the dead
Or destruction
and in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
Or destroyer
12 The first woe has passed. There are still two more woes to come after this.

The Sixth Trumpet

13 The sixth angel blew his trumpet. From the four
Other mss omit four
horns of the gold altar o that is before God, I heard a voice
14 say to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels who were prepared for the hour, day, month, and year were released to kill a third of the human race. 16 The number of mounted troops was 200 million;
Other mss read 100 million
I heard their number.
17This is how I saw the horses in my vision: The horsemen had breastplates that were fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow. The heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and from their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur. 18A third of the human race was killed by these three plagues – by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came from their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails, which resemble snakes, have heads, and they inflict injury with them.

20 The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demons q and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which are not able to see, hear, or walk. r 21 And they did not repent of their murders, their sorceries,
Or magic potions, or drugs; Gk pharmakon
their sexual immorality, or their thefts.
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