Chapter 9

The Fifth Trumpet—the Bottomless Pit

1 Then the afifth angel sounded, and I saw a bstar from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the ckey of the 1dbottomless pit was given to him.

2 He opened the 1bottomless pit, and asmoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and bthe sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.

3 Then out of the smoke came alocusts 1upon the earth, and power was given them, as the bscorpions of the earth have power.

4 They were told not to ahurt the bgrass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the cseal of God on their foreheads.

5 And 1they were not permitted to kill 2anyone, but to torment for afive months; and their torment was like the torment of a bscorpion when it 3stings a man.

6 And in those days amen will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.

7 The 1aappearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

8 They had hair like the hair of women, and their ateeth were like the teeth of lions.

9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the asound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.

10 They have tails like ascorpions, and stings; and in their btails is their power to hurt men for cfive months.

11 They have as king over them, the angel of the aabyss; his name in bHebrew is 1cAbaddon, and in the Greek he has the name 2Apollyon.

12 aThe first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

The Sixth Trumpet—Army from the East

13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard 1a voice from the 2four ahorns of the bgolden altar which is before God,

14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the afour angels who are bound at the bgreat river Euphrates.”

15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were areleased, so that they would kill a bthird of 1mankind.

16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was atwo hundred million; bI heard the number of them.

17 And 1this is how I saw ain the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of 2bbrimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and cout of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and 2bbrimstone.

18 A athird of 1mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the bfire and the smoke and the 2brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.

20 The rest of 1mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, adid not repent of bthe works of their hands, so as not to cworship demons, and dthe idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;

21 and they adid not repent of their murders nor of their bsorceries nor of their cimmorality nor of their thefts.


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