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and as the voice of a great thunder: and the voice which I heard was as the voice of harpers harping with their 3 harps: and they sing as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders: and no man could learn the song save the hundred and forty and four thousand, even they that had been purchased 4 out of the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, to be the firstfruits unto God 5 and unto the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no lie: they are without blemish.

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And I saw another angel flying in mid heaven, having an eternal gospel to proclaim unto them that dwell on the earth, and unto every nation and tribe and tongue and peo7 ple; and he saith with a great voice, Fear God, and give him glory; for the hour of his judgement is come: and worship him that made the heaven and the earth and sea and fountains of waters.

And I saw, and behold, a 14 white cloud; and on the cloud I saw one sitting like unto 5a son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out 15 from the temple, crying with a great voice to him that sat on the cloud, Send forth thy sickle, and reap: for the hour to reap is come; for the harvest of the earth is 6 overripe. And he that sat on the 16 cloud cast his sickle upon the earth; and the earth was reaped.

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And another, a second angel, followed, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, which hath made all the nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

And another angel came out 17 from the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel 18 came out from the altar, he that hath power over fire; and he called with a great voice to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Send forth thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully

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And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a great voice, If any man worshippeth the beast and his image, and receiveth a mark on his forehead, or upon his

10 hand, he also shall drink of 7 Gr. vine. ripe. And the angel cast his 19

the wine of the wrath of God,
which is 2 prepared unmixed
in the cup of his anger; and
he shall be tormented with
fire and brimstone in the pre-

sickle into the earth, and ga-
thered the 7 vintage of the
earth, and cast it into the
winepress, the great winepress,
of the wrath of God. And the 20

1 Gr. sit.

2 Gr.

mingled.

3 Gr. unto
ages of
ages.

4 Or, in
the Lord.

From
hence-

forth, yea,
Spirit

sence of the holy angels, and
in the presence of the Lamb:
and the smoke of their tor- 11
ment goeth up 3 for ever and
ever; and they have no rest
day and night, they that wor-
ship the beast and his image,
and whoso receiveth the mark
of his name. Here is the pa- 12
tience of the saints, they that
keep the commandments of
God, and the faith of Jesus.

5 Or, the
Son

6 Gr. dried
up.

And I heard a voice from 13 heaven saying, Write, Blessed are the dead which die 4 in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; for their works follow with them.

winepress was trodden with-
out the city, and there came
out blood from the winepress, 1 Or, upon
even unto the bridles of the
horses, as far as a thousand
and six hundred furlongs.

15

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having seven plagues, which are the last, for in them is finished the wrath of God.

2

And I saw as it were a glassy sea mingled with fire; and them that come victorious from the beast, and from his image, and from the number of his name, standing 1 by the glassy sea, having harps 3 of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, O Lord

2 Many
ancient
authori-
ties read
nations.

5

And after these things I saw, and the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in 6 heaven was opened: and there came out from the temple the seven angels that had the seven plagues, arrayed 3 with precious stone, pure and bright, and girt about their breasts 7 with golden girdles. And one of the four living creatures gave unto the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who liveth 4 for ever and 8 ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and none was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels should be finished,

3 Many
ancient
authori-
ties read
in linen.

4 Gr. unto

the ages of the

ages.

And the third poured out 4 his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of the waters; 7 and 5 it became blood. And 5 I heard the angel of the waters saying, Righteous art thou,

God, the Almighty; righteous 5 Or, there which art and which wast,

cume

and true are thy ways, thou 4 King of the 2ages. Who shall

not fear, O Lord, and glorify
thy name? for thou only art 6 Gr. soul
holy; for all the nations shall
come and worship before thee;
for thy righteous acts have
been made manifest.

of life.

thou Holy One, because thou didst thus 8 judge: for they 6 poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and blood hast thou given them to drink : they are worthy. And I heard 7 the altar saying, Yea, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgements.

And the fourth poured out 8 his bowl upon the sun; and it was given unto it to scorch men with fire. And men were 9 scorched with great heat: and they blasphemed the name of the God which hath the power over these plagues; and they repented not to give him glory.

And the fifth poured out his 10 bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom was darkened; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and 11 they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they repented not of their works.

And the sixth poured out 12 his bowl upon the great river,

7 Some ancient authorities read and they became.

8Or, judge.

Because they...

prophets,

thou hast
given

them
blood
also to
drink

And I heard a great voice 16 out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, Go ye, and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth.

9 Or, him

And the first went, and 2 poured out his bowl into the earth; and 5 it became a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and which worshipped his image.

And the second poured out 3 his bowl into the sea; and 5 it became blood as of a dead man; and every living soul died, even the things that were in the sea.

3 Gr.

the river Euphrates; and the
water thereof was dried up, 1 Gr.
demons.
that the way might be made
ready for the kings that come

13 from the sunrising. And I 2 Or, upon upon many waters; with whom 2

ancient

saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, as 14 it were frogs: for they are spi- 4 Some rits of 1 devils, working signs; which go forth 2 unto the kings of the whole 3 world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of 15 God, the Almighty. (Behold, 5 Or, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keep-full of eth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.) 16 And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon.

authori-
ties read
there was
a man.

the kings of the earth commit-
ted fornication, and they that
dwell in the earth were made
drunken with the wine of her
fornication. And he carried 3
me away in the Spirit into
a wilderness: and I saw a
woman sitting upon a scarlet-
coloured beast, 5 full of names
of blasphemy, having seven
heads and ten horns. And the 4
woman was arrayed in purple
and scarlet, and 6 decked with
gold and precious stone and
pearls, having in her hand a
golden cup full of abomina-
tions, 7 even the unclean things
of her fornication, and upon 5
her forehead a name written,
8 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,

names

phemy

17

And the seventh poured out his bowl upon the air; and there came forth a great voice out of the temple, from the throne, saying, It is done: 18 and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since 4 there were men upon the earth, so great an earthquake, so migh19 ty. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness 20 of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains 21 were not found. And great hail, every stone about the weight of a talent, cometh 12 Gr. down out of heaven upon shall be men and men blasphemed present. God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof is exceeding great. 17 And there came one of the seven angels that had the

10 Some ancient authorities read and he

goeth.

11 Gr. on.

inhabited
earth.

6 Gr.
gilded.

7 Or, and

of the unclean things

8 Or, a mystery, BABYLON THE GREAT

seven bowls, and spake with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the judgement of the great harlot that sitteth

9 Or,
witnesses

13 Or,
meaning

THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF
THE EARTH. And I saw the 6
woman drunken with the
blood of the saints, and with
the blood of the martyrs of
Jesus. And when I saw her,
I wondered with a great won-
der. And the angel said unto 7
me, Wherefore didst thou won-
der? I will tell thee the mys-
tery of the woman, and of the
beast that carrieth her, which
hath the seven heads and the
ten horns. The beast that 8
thou sawest was, and is not;
and is about to come up out
of the abyss, 10 and to go into
perdition. And they that dwell
on the earth shall wonder, they
whose name hath not been
written 11 in the book of life
from the foundation of the
world, when they behold the
beast, how that he was, and
is not, and 12 shall come. Here 9
is the 13 mind which hath wis-
dom. The seven heads are
seven mountains, on which

10 the woman sitteth: and 1 they are seven kings; the five are fallen, the one is, the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a 11 little while. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goeth into 12 perdition. And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the 13 beast, for one hour. These have one mind, and they give their power and authority un14 to the beast. These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they also shall overcome that are with him, called and chosen and 6 Some 15 faithful. And he saith unto

ancient authorities omit the wine

me, The waters which thou sawest, where the harlot sitteth, are peoples, and mul- of titudes, and nations, and 16 tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burnOr, clave together 17 her utterly with fire. For God did put in their hearts to do his mind, and to come to one mind, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God should be ac18 complished. And the woman whom thou sawest is the great city, which 2 reigneth over the kings of the earth. 18 After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was 2 lightened with his glory. And he cried with a mighty voice, 12 Gr. saying, Fallen, fallen is Baby- cargo. lon the great, and is become a habitation of devils, and a

1 Or,

there are

2 Gr.

hath a

kingdom.

3 Gr.

demons.

4 Or, prison

5 Some

authorities read of the wine ... have drunk.

7 Or, luxury

9 Or,

luxurious

10 Some ancient

authori

ties omit the Lord.

11 Or, luxuriously

4 hold of every unclean spirit, and a 4 hold of every unclean and hateful bird. For 5 by 6 the 3 wine of the wrath of her fornication all the nations are fallen; and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth waxed rich by the power of her 7 wantonness.

And I heard another voice 4 from heaven, saying, Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues: for 5 her sins 8 have reached even unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Ren- 6 der unto her even as she rendered, and double unto her the double according to her works in the cup which she mingled, mingle unto her double. How much soever she 7 glorified herself, and waxed 9 wanton, so much give her of torment and mourning: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall in no wise see mourning. Therefore in one day 8 shall her plagues come, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is 10 the Lord God which judged her. And the kings of the earth, 9 who committed fornication and lived 11 wantonly with her, shall weep and wail over her, when they look upon the smoke of her burning, stand- 10 ing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! for in one hour is thy judgement come. And 11 the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their 12 merchandise any more; 12 mer- 12 chandise of gold, and silver, and precious stone, and pearls,

bodies.

and fine linen, and purple,
and silk, and scarlet; and all
thyine wood, and every vessel
of ivory, and every vessel made
of most precious wood, and of
brass, and iron, and marble;
13 and cinnamon, and 1 spice,
and incense, and ointment,
and frankincense, and wine, 2 Gr.
and oil, and fine flour, and
wheat, and cattle, and sheep;
and merchandise of horses
and chariots and 2 slaves; and
14 3 souls of men. And the fruits Or, lives
which thy soul lusted after are
gone from thee, and all things
that were dainty and sumptu-
ous are perished from thee, and
men shall find them no more
15 at all. The merchants of these
things, who were made rich by
her, shall stand afar off for the
fear of her torment, weeping

sea, saying, Thus with a migh-
ty fall shall Babylon, the great
city, be cast down, and shall
be found no more at all. And 22
the voice of harpers and min-
strels and flute-players and
trumpeters shall be heard no
more at all in thee; and
no craftsman, 7 of whatsoever
craft, shall be found any more
at all in thee; and the voice
of a millstone shall be heard
no more at all in thee; and 23
the light of a lamp shall sh
no more at all in thee; and
the voice of the bridegroom
and of the bride shall be
heard no more at all in thee:
for thy merchants were the
princes of the earth; for with
thy sorcery were all the na-
tions deceived, And in her 24
was found the blood of pro-

16 and mourning; saying, Woe, 5 Gr. work phets and of saints, and of all that have been slain upon the earth.

the sea.

woe, the great city, she that
was arrayed in fine linen and
purple and scarlet, and 4 deck-
ed with gold and precious
17 stone and pearl! for in one 6 Gr. one.
hour so great riches is made
desolate. And every shipmas-
ter, and every one that saileth
any whither, and mariners, and
as many as 5 gain their living 7 Some
18 by sea, stood afar off, and cried

ancient
authori-

out as they looked upon the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like the great 19 city? And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, wherein were made rich all that had their ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made deso20 late. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye saints, and ye apostles, and ye prophets; for God hath judged your judge

ment on her.

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1 Gr.
amomum.

4 Gr. gilded.

ties omit
of what-

80ever

craft.

8 Gr.
have said.

9 Gr.

unto the
of

the ages.

After these things I heard 19 as it were a great voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, Hallelujah; Salvation, and glory, and power, belong to our God: for true and 2 righteous are his judgements; for he hath judged the great harlot, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and he hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And 3 a second time they say, Hallelujah. And her smoke goeth up 9 for ever and ever. And 4 the four and twenty elders Iand the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God that sitteth on the throne, saying, Amen; Hallelujah. And 5 a voice came forth from the throne, saying, Give praise to our God, all ye his servants, ye that fear him, the small and the great. And I heard 6 as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice

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