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ship him who liveth to the having, every one of them, ages of ages, and cast their harps, and golden phials* full crowns before the throne, say- of incense, which are the praying, 11 “ Thou art worthy, O ers of the saints. 9 And they Lord, to receive glory, and ho- sang a new song, saying, “ Thou nour, and power: for thou hast art worthy to take the book, created all things, and by thy and to open its seals : for thou will they were in being, and wast slain, and hast bought [us] were created.”.

to God in thy blood, out of Ch. V. 1 And I saw in the every tribe, and language, and right hand of him who sat on people, and nation ; 10 and the throne a book, written with thou hast made them kings in and without, sealed with se- and priests to our God; and ven seals. 2 And I saw a migh- they shall reign on the earth.” ty angel proclaiming in a loud 11 And I looked, and I heard voice, " Who [is] worthy to the voice of many angels who open the book, and to loose its | encircled the throne, and the seals? 3 And no one in hea- living creatures, and the elders; ven, or on the earth, or under (and the number of them was the earth, was able to open the myriads of myriads, and thoubook, and to look therein. 4 sands of thousands;) 12 saying And I wept much because no with a loud voice, Worthy is one was found worthy to open the lamb that was slain, to rethe book, and to look therein.ceive power, and wealth, and 5 Then one of the elders said wisdom, and might, and honour, to me, « Weep not: behold, and glory, and blessing.” 13 the lion of the tribe of Judah, And every creature that sis in the root of David, hath prevail- heaven, and on the earth, and ed so as to open the book, and under the earth, and those that its seven seals." 6 And I be- are on the sea, and all things held, in the midst, between the that are in them, I heard, saythrone and the four living crea ing, “ Blessing, and honour, tures, and in the midst, between and glory, and dominion, be to the elders, a lamb standing, as him who sitteth upon the throne, if it had been slain, having se. and to the lamb, to the ages of ven horns, and seven eyes ; ages." 14 And the four living which are the seven spirits of creatures said, “ Amen." And God sent forth into all the the elders fell down and worearth. 7 And he came and took shipped. (the book] out of the right hand Ch. VI. 1 And I saw when of him who sat upon the throne. the lamb opened one of the se

8 And when he had taken ven seals; and I heard the first the book, the four living crea- of the four living creatures, tures, and the twenty-four eld- as with the sound of thunder, ers, fell down before the lamb, I saying, “ Come [and see]." 2

• Gr. bowis.

[And I looked,] and, behold, al 9 And when he had opened white horse : and he who sat the fifth seal, I saw under the thereon had a bow; and a crown altar the souls of those who had was given to him: and he went been slain for the word of God, forth conquering, and to con- and for the testimony which quer.

they had borne. 10 And they 3 And when he had opened cried with a loud voice, saying, the second seal, I heard the " How long, O sovereign Lord, second living creature saying, holy and true, wilt thou not “ Come.” 4 And another horse, I judge and avenge our blood on that was red, went forth; and those who dwell upon the a command was given to him earth ?" 11 And a white robe who sat thereon to take peace was given to every one of them: Tfrom the earth, [80] that men and they were told to rest yet should kill one another; and for a time, till the number of there was given to him a great their fellow-servants also and sword.

of their brethren, who were 5 And when he had opened about to be killed as they were, the third seal, I heard the third should be filled up. living creature saying, " Come 12 And I looked when he [and see]." [And I looked,] had opened the sixth seal, and and, behold, a black horse: and there was a great earthquake; he who sat on him had a pair and the sun became black as of balances in his hand. 6 And sackcloth of hair, and the whole I heard a voice in the midst of moon became as blood; 13 and the four living creatures, say- the stars of heaven fell to the ing, “ A small measure of wheat earth, as a fig-tree casteth its for a denarius, and three small untimely figs when it is shaken measures of barley for a dena-by a mighty wind. 14 And the rius: but hurt thou not the oil heaven departed, as a parchand the wine.”

ment when it is rolled together; 7 And when he had opened and every mountain and island the fourth seal, I heard the were moved out of their places. fourth living creature saying, 15 And the kings of the earth, “ Come [and see].” 8 [And I and the great men, and the looked,] and, behold, a pale commanders, and the rich, and horse; and the name given to the strong, and every slave, him who sat thereon was Death, and (every] freeman, hid themand Hades* followed him. And selves in the dens and in the power was given him over the rocks of the mountains ; 16 and fourth part of the earth, to kill said to the mountains and to the by the sword, and by famine, and rocks, "Fall on us, and hide by pestilence, and by the wild us from the face of him who beasts of the earth.

sitteth on the throne, and from * See ch. i. 18, note: and so in all places where the word occurs.

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the anger of the lamb: 17 for , sand. Of the tribe of Benjamin the great day of his anger is were sealed twelve thousand. come; and who is able to stand? 9 After these things I looked,

Ch. VII. 1 AND after these and, behold, a great multitude, things, I saw four messengers which no one could number, of standing on the four parts of all nations, and tribes, and peothe earth, restraining the four ple, and languages, standing winds of the earth, that the before the throne and before wind should not blow on the the lamb, clothed, with white earth, nor on the sea, nor on robes, and with palm-branches any tree. 2 And I saw another in their hands: 10 and they messenger coming up from the cry with a loud voice, saying, east, having the seal of the “ Our salvation be ascribed to living God. And he cried with our God who sitteth upon the a loud voice to the four messen- throne, and to the lamb.” 11 gers to whom it was given to And all the messengers stood hurt the earth and the sea, 3 round about the throne, and saying, “ Hurt not the earth, about the elders, and about the nor the sea, nor the trees, till | four living creatures, and fell we have sealed the servants of on their faces before the throne, our God on their foreheads." and worshipped God, 12 say.

4 And I heard the number ing, “ Amen: blessing, and of those who were sealed : and glory, and wisdom, and thanks. there were sealed a hundred and giving, and honour, and pow. forty-four thousand, of all the er, and might, be to our God tribes of the sons of Israel. 5 to the ages of ages. Amen. Of the tribe of Judah were seal. 13 And one of the elders ed twelve thousand. Of the spake, saying to me, “Who tribe of Reuben [were scaled] are these that are clothed in twelve thousand. Of the tribe white robes, and whence came of Gad [were sealed twelve they?" 14 And I said to him, thousand. 6 Of the tribe of " my lord, thou knowest." Asher [were sealed] twelve Then he said to me, “ These thousand. Of the tribe of Naph- are they who have come out tali [were sealed] twelve thou- of great affliction, and have sand. Of the tribe of Manasseh washed their robes, and made [were sealed] twelve thousand. them bright, in the blood of the 7 Of the tribe of Simeon (were lamb. 15 Therefore they are sealed] twelve thousand. Of the before the throne of God, and tribe of Levi [were sealed] serve him day and night in his twelve thousand. Of the tribe temple; and he who sitteth on of Issachar [were sealed] twelve the throne will dwell among thousand. Ğ Of the tribe of them. 16 They will hunger no Zebulon [were sealed] twelve more, nor will they thirst any thousand. Of the tribe of Jo- more; nor will the sun strike seph [were sealed] twelve thou on them, nor any heat. 17 For the lamb which is towards the / sounded his trumpet; and, as midst of the throne will be their it were a great mountain, burnshepherd, and will lead them ing (with fire,] was cast into to living springs of waters : and the sea : and the third part of God will wipe away all tears the sea became blood ; 9 and from their eyes.”

the third part of the creatures Ch. VIII. 1 And when he had [which were] in the sea, and opened the seventh seal, there had life, died; and the third part was silence in heaven for about of the ships were destroyed. the space of half an hour. 2 10 And the third messenger And I saw the seven messen- sounded his trumpet, and a gers who stand before God: great star, burning like a lamp, and to them were given seven fell from heaven; and it fell trumpets. 3 And another mes upon the third part of the risenger came and stood at the vers, and upon the springs of altar, having a golden censer: waters : 11 and the name of the aud to him was given much star was called Wormwood : incense, that he might offer it, and the third part of the waters with the prayers of all those became wormwood; and many who are holy, upon the golden men died of the waters, because altar which was before the they were made bitter. throne. 4 And the smoke of the 12 And the fourth messenger incense went up before God sounded his trumpet, and the from the hand of the angel, third part of the sun was smittogether with the prayers often, and the third part of the those who are holy. 5 And the moon, and the third part of the messenger took the censer, and stars; so that the third part of filled it with the fire from the them was darkened, and the altar, and cast it upon the earth: day shone not for a third part of and there were sounds, and it, and the night in like manner. thunderings, and lightnings, 13 And I looked, and heard and an earthquake.

an eagle flying in mid-heaven, 6 And the seven messengers and saying with a loud voice, who had the seven trumpets, “ Woe, woe, woe, to the inhaprepared themselves to sound. bitants of the earth, because of 7 And the first sounded his the other blasts of the trumpet trumpet, and there was hail of the three angels who are and fire mingled with blood, and about to sound.” they were cast upon the earth : Ch. IX. 1 And the fifth mes. and the third part of the earth senger sounded his trumpet, was burnt up, and the third part and I saw a star fall from hea. of the trees was burnt up, and ven to the earth; and to him every green herb was burnt up. was given the key of the en

8 And the second messenger trance of the abyss. * 2 And he

* Gr. aburros, literally, the deep. Like qedns, it may be used for the common receptacle of the dead. See Rom. X. 7. comp. Mat. xii. 46. Eph. iv. 9. This word in the LXX. commonly answers to the Heb. Dion, which generally denotes an abyss of waters. See Parkburst.

opened the entrance of the over them, the messenger of abyss), and a smoke arose out the abyss; whose name in the of the entrance, like the smoke Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but of a great furnace; and the in the Greek tongue he hath sun and the air were darkened the name Apollyon.* 12 One by the smoke of the entrance. 3 woe is past; behold two woes And out of the smoke locusts / more follow. came upon the earth; and to 13 And the sixth messenger them was given power, as the sounded his trumpet; and I scorpions of the earth have heard a voice from the four power. 4 And it was command-horns of the golden altar which ed them that they should not was before God, 14 saying to hurt the herb of the earth, nor the sixth messenger who had any green thing, nor any tree; the trumpet, “ Loose the four but only those men who had messengers who are bound at not the seal [of God on their] the great river Euphrates.” 15 foreheads. 5 And a command | And the four messengers were was given to the locusts that loosed, who were prepared for they should not kill them, but an hour, and a day, and a month, that they should be tormented and a year, to kill the third five months : and their torment part of men. 16 And the numwas as the torment from a scor- ber of the armies of the horsepion, when it stingeth a man. men was two myriads of my

6 And in those days men riads : for I heard the number will seek death, and will not of them. 17 And afterward I find it ; and will desire to die, saw the horses in the vision, and death will flee from them. and those who sat on them, 7 And the shapes of the locusts having breast-plates of fire, were like horses prepared for and of jacinth, and of brimwar; and on their heads were stone: and the heads of the as golden crowns, and their horses were as the heads of faces were as the faces of men. lions; and out from their mouths 8 And they had hair as the issued fire, and smoke, and hair of women: and their teeth brimstone. were as the teeth of lions. 9 And 18 By these three scourges they had breast-plates as iron the third part of men was kilbreast-plates ; and the sound of led, by the fire, and by the their wings was as the sound of smoke, and by the brimstone, chariots with many horses rush- which issued out from their ing to battle. 10 And they had mouths. 19 For the power of tails like scorpions, and stings the horses was in their mouths, were in their tails : and their and in their tails : for their tails authority was to hurt men five were like serpents, and had months. 11 And they had a king / heads, and with them they

* i.e. the Destroyer

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