The New King James Version

Revelation 12:17–13:18

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17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus 3Christ.

The Beast from the Sea

13 Then 1I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw aa beast rising up out of the sea, bhaving 2seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a cblasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The ddragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads eas if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And fall the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, g“Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

And he was given ha mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to 3continue for iforty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, jHis tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him kto make war with the saints and to overcome them. And lauthority was given him over every 4tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, mwhose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain nfrom the foundation of the world.

oIf anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 pHe who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; qhe who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. rHere is the 5patience and the faith of the saints.

The Beast from the Earth

11 Then I saw another beast scoming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, twhose deadly wound was healed. 13 uHe performs great signs, vso that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 wAnd he deceives 6those who dwell on the earth—xby those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword yand lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak zand cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, ato receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has 7the mark or bthe name of the beast, cor the number of his name.

18 dHere is wisdom. Let him who has eunderstanding calculate fthe number of the beast, gfor it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

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