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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Revelation 12:1–14

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The Woman, Israel

1 A great asign appeared bin heaven: ca woman dclothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;

2 and she was with child; and she * acried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.

The Red Dragon, Satan

3 Then aanother sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red bdragon having cseven heads and dten horns, and on his heads were eseven diadems.

4 And his tail * swept away a athird of the stars of heaven and bthrew them to the earth. And the cdragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth dhe might devour her child.

The Male Child, Christ

5 And ashe gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to 1brule all the 2nations with a rod of iron; and her child was ccaught up to God and to His throne.

6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she * had a place prepared by God, so that there 1she would be nourished for aone thousand two hundred and sixty days.

The Angel, Michael

7 And there was war in heaven, aMichael and his angels waging war with the bdragon. The dragon and chis angels waged war,

8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven.

9 And the great adragon was thrown down, the bserpent of old who is called the devil and cSatan, who ddeceives the whole 1world; he was ethrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 Then I heard aa loud voice in heaven, saying,

Now the bsalvation, and the power, and the akingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the caccuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

11 “And they aovercame him because of bthe blood of the Lamb and because of cthe word of their testimony, and they ddid not love their life even 1when faced with death.

12 “For this reason, arejoice, O heavens and byou who 1dwell in them. cWoe to the earth and the sea, because dthe devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only ea short time.”

13 And when the adragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted bthe woman who gave birth to the male child.

14 But the atwo wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly binto the wilderness to her place, where she * was nourished for ca time and times and half a time, from the 1presence of the serpent.

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A star (*) is used to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the actual scene at the time of occurence. However, the translators felt that it would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.

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Or shepherd

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Or Gentiles

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Lit they would nourish her for

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Lit inhabited earth

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Lit to death

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Or tabernacle

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