Revelation of John 16
The Bowls of God’s Wrath1 Then ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence within the narrative.I heard a loud voice from the temple declaring to the seven angels: “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.” ▼
▼ Or “anger.” Here τοῦ θυμοῦ (tou qumou) has been translated as a genitive of content.2 So ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of the directions given by the voice from the temple.the first angel ▼
▼ Grk “the first”; the referent (the first angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then ▼ ugly and painful sores ▼
▼ Or “ulcerated sores”; the term in the Greek text is singular but is probably best understood as a collective singular.appeared on the people ▼
▼ Grk ‘the men,” but this is a generic use of ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos) and refers to both men and women.who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
3 Next, ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “next” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the vision.the second angel ▼
▼ Grk “the second”; the referent (the second angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.poured out his bowl on the sea and it turned into blood, like that of a corpse, and every living creature that was in the sea died.
4 Then ▼ the third angel ▼
▼ Grk “the third”; the referent (the third angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 5 Now ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the somewhat parenthetical nature of the remarks that follow.I heard the angel of the waters saying:
“You are just ▼
▼ Or “righteous,” although the context favors justice as the theme.– the one who is and who was,
the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, ▼
▼ Or “because you have judged these things.” The pronoun ταῦτα (tauta) is neuter gender.
6 because they poured out the blood of your saints and prophets,
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate that this judgment is the result of what these wicked people did to the saints and prophets.you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved!” ▼
▼ Grk “They are worthy”; i.e., of this kind of punishment. By extension, “they got what they deserve.”
7 Then ▼ I heard the altar reply, ▼
▼ Grk “the altar saying.”“Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, ▼ your judgments are true and just!”
8 Then ▼ the fourth angel ▼
▼ Grk “the fourth”; the referent (the fourth angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people ▼ with fire. 9 Thus ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “thus” to indicate the implied result of the bowl poured on the sun.people ▼ were scorched by the terrible heat, ▼ yet ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “yet” to indicate the contrast present in this context.they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority ▼
▼ For the translation “ruling authority” for ἐξουσία (exousia) see L&N 37.35.over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.
10 Then ▼ the fifth angel ▼
▼ Grk “the fifth”; the referent (the fifth angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so that” to indicate the implied result of the fifth bowl being poured out.darkness covered his kingdom, ▼
▼ Grk “his kingdom became dark.”and people ▼ began to bite ▼ their tongues because ▼
▼ The preposition ἐκ (ek) has been translated here and twice in the following verse with a causal sense.of their pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings ▼ and because of their sores, ▼ but nevertheless ▼
▼ Grk “and they did not repent.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but nevertheless” to express the contrast here.they still refused to repent ▼
▼ Grk “they did not repent” The addition of “still refused” reflects the hardness of people’s hearts in the context.of their deeds.
12 Then ▼ the sixth angel ▼
▼ Grk “the sixth”; the referent (the sixth angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water ▼
▼ Grk “and its water was dried up.” Here the passive construction has been translated as an active one.to prepare the way ▼
▼ Grk “in order that the way might be prepared.” Here the passive construction has been translated as an active one.for the kings from the east. ▼ 13 Then ▼ I saw three unclean spirits ▼
▼ According to the next verse, these three unclean spirits are spirits of demons.that looked like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of the demons performing signs who go out to the kings of the earth ▼ to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. ▼
15 (Look! I will come like a thief!
Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose ▼ his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition ▼
▼ On the translation of ἀσχημοσύνη (ascēmosunē) as “shameful condition” see L&N 25.202. The indefinite third person plural (“and they see”) has been translated as a passive here.be seen.) ▼
▼ These lines are parenthetical, forming an aside to the narrative. The speaker here is the Lord Jesus Christ himself rather than the narrator. Many interpreters have seen this verse as so abrupt that it could not be an original part of the work, but the author has used such asides before (1:7; 14:13) and the suddenness here (on the eve of Armageddon) is completely parallel to Jesus’ warning in Mark 13:15–16 and parallels.
16 Now ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the resumption and conclusion of the remarks about the pouring out of the sixth bowl.the spirits ▼ gathered the kings and their armies ▼ to the place that is called Armageddon ▼
▼ There are many variations in the spelling of this name among the Greek mss, although ῾Αρμαγεδών (&armagedōn) has the best support. The usual English spelling is Armageddon, used in the translation.▼
▼ Or “Harmagedon” (a literal transliteration of the Greek), or “Har-Magedon” (NASB), meaning “the Mount of Magedon” in Hebrew.in Hebrew.
17 Finally ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has been translated as “finally” to indicate the conclusion of the seven bowl judgments.the seventh angel ▼
▼ Grk “the seventh”; the referent (the seventh angel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.poured out his bowl into the air and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying: “It is done!” 18 Then ▼ there were flashes of lightning, roaring, ▼ and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity ▼
▼ The singular ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos) is used generically here to refer to the human race.has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 19 The ▼
▼ Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations ▼
▼ Or “of the Gentiles” (the same Greek word may be translated “Gentiles” or “nations”).collapsed. ▼
▼ Grk “fell.”So ▼ Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup ▼
▼ Grk “the cup of the wine of the anger of the wrath of him.” The concatenation of four genitives has been rendered somewhat differently by various translations (see the note on the word “wrath”).filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. ▼
▼ Following BDAG 461 s.v. θυμός 2, the combination of the genitives of θυμός (thumos) and ὀργή (orgē) in Rev 16:19 and 19:15 are taken to be a strengthening of the thought as in the OT and Qumran literature (Exod 32:12; Jer 32:37; Lam 2:3; CD 10:9). Thus in Rev 14:8 (to which the present passage alludes) and 18:3 there is irony: The wine of immoral behavior with which Babylon makes the nations drunk becomes the wine of God’s wrath for her.20 Every ▼
▼ Grk “And every.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.island fled away ▼
▼ Or “vanished.”and no mountains could be found. ▼
▼ Every island fled away and no mountains could be found. Major geographical and topographical changes will accompany the Day of the Lord.21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds ▼
▼ Here BDAG 988 s.v. ταλαντιαῖος states, “weighing a talent…χάλαζα μεγάλη ὡς ταλαντιαία a severe hailstorm with hailstones weighing a talent (the talent=125 librae, or Roman pounds of c. 343 gr. or 12 ounces each) (weighing about a hundred pounds NRSV) Rv 16:21.” This means each hailstone would weigh just under 100 pounds or 40 kilograms.each, fell from heaven ▼
▼ Or “the sky.” Due to the apocalyptic nature of this book, it is probably best to leave the translation as “from heaven,” since God is ultimately the source of the judgment.on people, ▼
▼ Grk “on men,” but ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos) is used here in a generic sense to refer to people in general (the hailstones did not single out adult males, but would have also fallen on women and children).but they ▼
▼ Grk “the men”; for stylistic reasons the pronoun “they” is used here.blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it ▼
▼ Grk “the plague of it.”was so horrendous. ▼
▼ Grk “since the plague of it was exceedingly great.”
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