Chapter 17Revelation of John

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1 And one out of the seven angels that had the seven bowls came and spake with me, saying, Hither, I will show thee the judgment of the great :harlot that sitteth upon many waters; 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the dwellers on the earth were made drunken with the wine of her :fornication. 3 And he carried me away in Spirit into a wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast, full of names of blasphemy, he having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and gilded with gold and precious stone and pearls, having in her :hand a golden cup full of abominations, and the unclean things of her :fornication, 5 and upon her :forehead a name written, a mystery, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered with a great wonder. 7 And the angel said to me, Wherefore didst thou wonder? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss, and he goeth unto destruction. And the dwellers on the earth shall wonder, they whose name hath not been written upon the little book of :life from the world’s foundation, when they behold the beast, how that he was, and is not, and shall be present. 9 Here is the mind that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, where the woman sitteth on them: 10 and the kings are seven; the five are fallen, the one is, the other is not yet come; and when he do come, he must continue a little while. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth unto destruction. 12 And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but receive authority as kings with the beast one hour. 13 These have one mind, and they give their :power and authority to the beast. 14 These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they with him called and chosen and faithful. 15 And he saith to me, The waters which thou sawest, where the harlot sitteth, are peoples, and crowds, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her †:flesh, and shall burn her utterly with fire. 17 For :God did put in their :hearts to do his :mind, and to come to one mind, and to give their :kingdom to the beast, until the words of :God should be accomplished. 18 And the woman whom thou sawest is the great :city, which hath kingship over the kings of the earth.

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