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mouth speaking great things, and). 15 And it was given him to give blasphemies: and power was given life to the image of the beast, and to him to do two and forty months. that the image of the beast should
6 And he opened his mouth unto speak: and should cause, that whoblasphemies against God, to blas- soever will not adore the image of pheme his name,and his tabernacle, the beast, should be slain. and them that dwell in heaven. 16 And he shall make all, both
7 And it was given unto him to little and great, rich and poor, freemake war with the saints, and to men and bondmen, to have a chaovercome them. And power was racter in their right hand, or on given him over every tribe, and their foreheads. people, and tongue, and nation. 17 And that no man might buy
8 And all that dwell upon the or sell, but he that hath the characearth, adored him, whose names are ter, or the name of the beast, or not written in the book of life of the the number of his name. Lamb, which was slain from the 18 Here is wisdom. He that beginning of the world.
hath understanding, let him count 9 If any man have an ear, let the number of the beast. For it is him hear.
the number of a man: and the 10 He that shall lead into cap-number of him is six hundred sixtivity, shall go into captivity : he ty-six. that shall kill by the sword, must
CHAP. XIV. be killed by the sword. Here is the Of the Lamband of thevirgins that patience and the faith of the saints.
follow him. 11 And I saw another beast ND 1 , and lo had two horns, like a lamb, and he with him an hundred forty-four spoke as a dragon.
thousand having his name, and the 12 And he executed all the power name of his Father written on their of the former beast in his sight : foreheads. and he caused the earth, and them 2 And I heard a voice from hea. that dwell therein, to adore the first ven, as the noise of many waters, beast, whose wound to death was and as the voice of great thunder : healed.
and the voice, which I heard, was 13 And he did great signs, so that as the voice of harpers, harping on he made also fire to come down their harps. from heaven unto the earth in the 3 And they sung as it were a sight of men.
new canticle before the throne, and 14 And he seduced them that before the four living creatures, dwell on the earth, for the signs, and the ancients; and no man could which were given him to do in the say the canticle, but those hundred sight of the beast, saying to them forty-four thousand, who were purthat dwell on the earth, that they chased from the earth. should make the image of the beast, 4 These are they who were not which had the wound by the sword, defiled with women: for they are and lived.
| virgins. These follow the Lamb
coming up out of the earthe, aba hel A stood uponl an oudt 'sion, and
Ver. 8. Slain froin the beginning. In the fore-knowledge of God; and inasmuch as all mercy and grace, from the beginning, was given in view of his death and passion.
Ver. 11. Another beast. This second beast with two horns may be understood of the topthenish priests and magicians ; the principal promoters both of idolatry and persecution
Ver. 18. Sis hundred sixty-siThe numeral letters of his name shall make up this Rumber
whithersoever he goeth. These ven, saying to me: Write: Blesswere purchased from among men, ed are the dead who die in the the first-fruits to God and to the Lord. From henceforth now, saith Lamb:
the Spirit, that they may rest from 5 And in their mouth there was their labours : for their works folfound no lie: for they are without low them. spot before the throne of God : 14 And I saw, and behold a
6 And I saw another angel fly- white cloud: and upon the cloud ing through the midst of heaven, one sitting like to the Son of man, having the eternal gospel, to preach having on his head a crown of gold, unto them that sit upon the earth, and in his hand a sharp sickle. and over every nation, and tribe, 15 And another angel came out and tongue, and people : from the temple, crying with a
7 Saying with a loud voice: Fear loud voice to him that sat upon the the Lord, and give him honour, cloud: Thrust in thy sickle, and because the hour of his judgment (reap, because the hour is come to is come: and adore ye him, that reap, for the harvest of the earth is made heaven and earth, the sea and ripe. the fountains of waters.
16 And he that sat on the cloud, 8 And another angel followed, thrust his sickle into the earth, and saying: That great Babylon is fal- the earth was reaped. len, is fallen : which made all na 17 And another angel came out tions to drink of the wine of the of the temple which is in heaven, wrath of her fornication.
he also having a sharp sickle. 9 And the third angel followed 18 And another angel came out them, saying with a loud voice': If from the altar, who had power over any man shall adore the beast and fire : and he cried with a loud voice his image, and receive his charac- to him that had the sharp sickle, ter in his forehead, or in his hand; saying: Thrust in thy sharp sickle,
10 He also shall drink of the and gather the clusters of the vinewine of the wrath of God, which is yard of the earth : because the mingled with pure wine in the cup grapes thereof are ripe. of his wrath, and shall be torment 19 And the angel thrust in his ed with fire and brimstone in the sharp sickle into the earth, and gasight of the holy angels and in the thered the vineyard of the earth, sight of the Lamb.
and cast it into the great press of 11 And the smoke of their tor- the wrath of God: ments shall ascend up for ever and 20 And the press was trodden ever: neither have they rest day without the city, and blood came nor night, who have adored the out of the press, up to the horses' beast, and his image, and whoso- bridles, for a thousand and six ever receiveth the character of his hundred furlongs.
CHĂP. XV. 12 Here is the patience of the They that have overcome the beast saints, who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of A ven great and wonderful : so
I . JESUS.
13 And I heard a voice from hea-Iven angels having the seven last Ver. 8. Babylon. It is probable that here, by the great Babylon, is meant the city of the devil, that is, the universal society of the wicked ; as Jerusalem is taken for the city and
Ver. 18. Die in the Lord. It is understood of the martyn, who die for the Lord
March of God.
plagues. For in them is filled up of the beast: and upon them that the wrath of God.
adored the image thereof. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of 3 And the second angel poured glass mingled with fire, and them out his vial upon the sea, and there that had overcome the beast and came blood as it were of a dead his image and the number of his man : and every living soul died name, standing on the sea of glass, in the sea. having the harps of God:
4 And the third poured out his 3 And singing the canticle of Mo- vial upon the rivers and the founses the servant of God, and the tains of waters : and there was canticle of the Lamb, saying: Great made blood. and wonderful are thy works, O 5 And I heard the angel of the Lord God Almighty: just and true waters, saying : Thou art just, O are thy ways, O king of ages. Lord, who art, and who wast, the
4 Who shall not fear thee, O holy one, because thou hast judgLord, and magnify thy name ? Fored these things : thou only art holy: for all nations 6 For they have shed the blood shall come, and shall adore in thy of saints and prophets,and thou hast sight, because thy judgments are given them blood to drink ; fo manifest.
they are worthy: 5 And after these things I look ✓ And I heard another, from the ed, and behold the temple of the altar saying : Yea, O Lord God tabernacle of the testimony in hea- Almighty, true and just are thy ven was opened :
judgments. 6 And the seven angels came out 8 And the fourth angel poured of the temple having the seven out his vial upon the sun, and it plagues, clothed with clean and was given unto him to afflict men white linen, and girt about the with heat and fire : breasts with golden girdles.
9 And men were scorched with 7 And one of the four living great heat, and they blasphemed the creatures, gave to the seven angels name of God who hath power over seven golden vials, full of the wrath these plagues, neither did they poof God who liveth for ever and nance to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out 8 And the temple was filled with his vial upon the seat of the beast : smoke from the majesty of God, and and his kingdom became dark, and from his power: and no man was they gnawed their tongues for pain: able to enter into the temple, till 11 And they blasphemed the God the seven plagues of the seven an- of heaven, because of their pains gels were fulfilled.
and wounds, and did not penance CHAP. XVI.
from their works.
12 And the sixth angel poured The seven vials are poured out.
out his vial upon that great river A
ND I heard a great voice out Euphrates : and dried up the water seven angels : Go, and pour out pared for the kings from the rising the seven vials of the wrath of God of the sun.
13 And I saw from the mouth of 2 And the first went, and poured the dragon, and from the mouth of out his vial upon the earth, and the beast, and from the mouth of there fell a sore and grievous wound the false prophet, three unclean upon men, who had the character I spirits like frogs
upon the earth.
14 For they are the spirits of de- demnation of the great barlot, who ople working signs, and they go forth sitteth upon many waters, umo the kings of the whole earth to 2 With whom the kings of the gathor them to battle against the earth have committed fornication : great day of the Almighty God. and they who inhabit the earth,
15 Behold, I come as a thief. have been made drunk with the Blessed is he that watcheth, and wine of her whoredom. keepeth his garments, lest he walk 3 And he took me away in spirit naked, and they see his shame. into the desert. And I saw a woman
16 And he shall gather them to- sittingupon a scarlet coloured beast, gether into a place, which in He-full of names of blasphemy, having brew is called Armagedon. seven heads and ten horns.
17 And the seventh angel poured 4 And the woman was clothed out his vial upon the air, and there round about with purple and scarcame a great voice out of the temple let, and gilt with gold, and profrom the throne, saying: It is done. cious stones and pearls, having a
18 And there were lightnings, golden cup in her hand, full of the and voices, and thunders, and there abomination and filthiness of her was a great earthquake, such an one fornication. as never had been since men were 5 And on her forehead a name was upon the earth, such an earthquake, written : A nystery : Babylon the so great.
great, the mother of the fornica 19 And the great city was divi- tions and the abominations of the did into three parts: and the cities earth. of the gentiles fell. And great Baby 6 And I saw the woman drunk lon came in remembrance before with the blood of the saints and God, to give her the cup of the wine with the blood of the martyrs of JFof the indignation of his wrath. sus. And I wondered, when I had
20 And every island fled away, seen her, with great admiration. and the mountains were not found. 7 And the angel said to me: Why
21 And great hail like a talent dost thou wonder? I will tell thee came down from heaven upon men: the mystery of the woman, and of and men blasphemed God for the the beast which carrieth her, which plague of the hail ; because it was hath the seven heads and ten horns. exceeding great.
8 The beast, which thou sawest, CHAP. XVII.
was and is not, and shall come up The description of the great harlot. out of the bottomless pit, and go
ND there came one of the se- into destruciion : and the inhabi
vials, and spoke with me, saying : are not written in the book of life Come, I will shew thee the con-'from the foundation of the world)
Ver. 5. A mystery. That is, a secret, because what follows of the name and title of the great harlot is to be taken in a mystical sense
Ver. 5. Babylon. Either the city of the devil in general, or, if this place be to be undes: stood of any particular city, pagan Rome, which then, and for 300 years, persecuted the church ; and was the principal seat both of empire and idolatry.
Ver. 8. The beast which thou sawest. This beast which supports Babylon, may signing the power of the devil which was and is not, being much abridged by the coming of Christ, but shell again exert itself under Antichrist. The seven heads of this beast are seven monstains or empires, instruments of his tyranny; of which five wore then fallen, as above: Ca. xiii. 5. 1. The beast itself is said to be the eighth, and of the seven ; because they all 20 under the devil, and by his instigation, so that his power is in them all, yet so as to make Ay, as it were, an eighth empire, distinct from them all
snall wonder, seeing the beast that CHAP. XVIII. was and is not.
The fall of Babylon. that hath wisdom. The seven heads,
A Apothefeante se o mhe ne svih from
another angel come down are seven mountains, upon which heaven, having great power : and the woman sitteth, and they are the earth was enlightened with his seven kings :
glory. 10 Five are fallen, one is, and 2 And he cried out with a strong the other is not yet come: and voice, saying : Babylon the great is when he is come, he must remain fallen, is fallen: and is become the a short time.
habitation of devils, and the hold of 11 And the beast which was, and every unclean spirit, and the hold is not: the same also is the eighth, of every unclean and hateful bird. and is of the seven, and goeth into 3 Because all nations have drunk destruction.
of the wine of the wrath of her for12 And the ten horns which thou pication: and the kings of the earth sawest, are ten kings, who have have committed fornication with not yet received kingdom, but shall her: and the merchants of the earth receive power as kings one hour have been made rich by the power after the beast.
of her delicacies. 13 These have one design : and 1. 4 And I heard another voice from their strength and power they shall heaven, saying : Go out from her, deliver the beast.
my people : that you be not parta14 These shall fight with the kers of her sins, and that you reLamb, and the Lamb shall over- ceive not of her plagues. come them, because he is Lord of 5 For her sins have reached unto lords, and King of kings, and they heaven, and the Lord hath rememthat are with him are called, and bered her iniquities. elect, and faithful.
6 Render to her as she also hath 15 And he said to me: The wa- rendered to you : and double unto ters which thou sawest, where the her double according to her works : harlot sitteth, are peoples, and na- in the cup, wherein she hath mingtions, and tongues.
led, mingle ye double unto her. 16 And the ten horns, which 7 As much as she hath glorified thou sawest in the beast: these herself, and lived in delicacies, so shall hate the harlot, and shall make much torment and sorrow give ye her desolate and naked, and shall to her : because she saith in her eat her flesh, and shall burn her heart; I sit a queen, and am no with fire.
widow, and sorrow I shall not see. 17 For God hath given into 8 Therefore shall her plagues their hearts, to do that which plea- come in one day, death, and mournseth bim : that they give their king-ing, and famine, and she shall be dom to the beast till the words of burnt with the fire; because God God be fulfilled.
is strong who shall judge her. 18 And the woman which thou 9 And the kings of the earth, sawest, is the great city which hath who have committed fornication, kingdom over the kings of the earth. and lived in delicacies with her,
Ver. 12. Ten kings. Ten lesser kingdoms, enemies also of the church of Christ : which Dovertheless shall be made instruments of the justice of God for the punishment of Babylon.. Some understand this of the Goths, Vandals, Hunns, and other barbarous nations, that de stroyed the empire of Rome