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7 are therein, that the time would not be yet*; but in the days of the blast of the seventh angel, when he shall sound his trumpet, and the mystery of God hath been finished, as he hath proclaimed the glad tidings to his ser

8 vants the prophets. And the voice which I heard from heaven spake to me again, and said, "Go, and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who

9 standeth upon the sea and upon the land." And I went to the angel, desiring him to give me t the little book. Then he saith unto me, "Take it, and eat it; and it will make thy belly bitter, but it will be sweet in thy mouth as ho

10 ney." And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it: and in my mouth it was sweet as honey ; but

11 as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was made bitter. Then he saith unto me, "Thou must again prophesy to many people \, and nations, and languages, and kings."

Ch. Xi. And a reed was given me like a rod: the angel saying 1, "Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the

2 altar, and comfiute those who worship in it. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given to the gentiles: and they will tread

3 the holy city under foot forty-two months. And I will grant to my two witnesses that they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackeloth.

4 These are two olive-trees, and two candlestickstt, placed

5 before the Lord of the earth**. And if any one purpose to hurt them, fire will proceed out of their mouth, and will devour their enemies; and if any man purpose to

6 hurt them, he must be killed in this manner. These will have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy : and they will have power over the waters,

* that there ihould be no longer delay; Wakefield. OvxiTI irctt i, the reading of the Alexandrian. Ephresn, and other approved MSS., and adopted by Grieshach. The reeeived text is «* trtu tri.

t nying to him, Give me, R. T.

t Or, eonet ruing many people, eft' t an l the angel itood, raying, R. Tt

tt lampttandi, N. •• tkeGodoftheaarth. R.T.

to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every

7 scourge, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast which will ascend out of the deep* will make war against them, and overcome

8 them, and kill them. And their carcasses will lie in the street of the great city, which is called, spiritually, Sodom, and Egypt, where, indeedt, their lord f was crucified.

9 And they of the people, and tribes, and languages, and nations, will see their carcasses three days and a half, and will not suffer their carcasses to be put into a tomb.

10 And those who dwell upon the earth will rejoice over them, and be glad, and send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented those who dwelt on

11 the earth." And after the three days and a half the breath of life H from God, entered into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell on those who saw

12 them. And I heardf a great voice from heaven, saying unto them, "Come up hither." And they went up to

13 heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And in that hourtt was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and by the earthquake seven thousand men were killed; and the rest were affrighted, and

14 gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

15 And the seventh angel sounded his trumpet; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of this world is become |||| the kingdom of our Lord, and of

16 his Christ**; who shall reign for ever and ever.fif" And the twenty-four elders, who sat before God on their thrones, fell on their faces, and worshipped God, saying,

17 "We thank thee, O Lord God Almighty, that art and wastf If, because thou hast taken to thee thy great power,

* Gr. abyss. t and where, N. X our Lord, R. T. | spirit of life, N. 1 they heard, R. T. See Grieshach. tt Gr. at that time.

XX Gr- names of men. BI I the kingdoms of this world are become, R. T.

*• Or, anointed. XXX Ox. ages of ages. 11 and art to come, R. T.

18 and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thine anger is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give a reward to thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to those who fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest

19 destroy those who destroy the earth." And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord * was seen in his temple: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Ch. Xii. Now a great wonder appeared in heaven; a woman clad with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and

2 upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she was with child, and cried out being in travail, and in great pain

3 to bring forth. And another wonder appeared in heaven; for, behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and

4 ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bring forth, that, when she

5 brought forth, he might devour her child. And she brought forth a male child, who was to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to

6 God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the desert, where she had a place prepared of God, that she should be fed there a thousand two hundred and sixty days.

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels warred against the dragon; and the dragon warred, and

8 his angels, but they prevailed not, nor was their place

9 found any more in heaven. For the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out upon the

10 earth, and his angels were cast out with himt- And I

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heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now is come salvation, and might, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority* of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, that accused them before our God day

11 and night. But they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they

12 loved not their lives, but exfiosed them to death. Rejoice therefore, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Alas for the earth, and for the sea ! t because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he

13 hath but a short time." And when the dragon saw that he was cast out upon the earth, he pursued the woman

14 who brought forth the male child. And to the woman were given two wings of the great eagle that she might fly into the desert, to her place, where she is to be fed for a time and times and half a time, from before the serpent.

15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth, after the woman, water as it were a river, that he might cause her to be

16 carried away by the river. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth, and drank up the

17 river which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was angry with the woman, and departed to make war with the rest of her offspring, who kept the commandments of God, and maintained the testimony of Jesus ||.

Ch. Xiii. Then I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having ten horns, and seven heads; and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his 2 heads names of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as those of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon

the Roman empire, the champions of the christian cause prevailed; heathenism, or the religion of the empire, was abolished; and the christ,an emperor Constantine gave a civil establishment to ehristianity." Newcome.

• power, N. t alas lor the inhabitants of the earth, and the sea! R. T.

J» great eagle, N. I of Jesus Christ, R. T.

gave him his own power, and his own throne, and great

3 authority. And / saw one of his heads wounded, as it were, to death ; but his deadly stroke was healed: and all

4 the world wondered and followed after the beast. And men worshipped the dragon, because he had given authority to the beast *: and they worshipped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? and who is able to make war

5 with him I" And there was given to the beast a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies; and authority t

6 was given him [to continue f] forty-two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and those who

7 dwell in heaven. And it was given him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and authority || was given him over every tribe, and people, and language,

8 and nation. And all that dwelt on the earth, whose name was not written from the foundation of the world, in the book of life of the lamb that was slain, worshipped him.

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. If any lead into

10 captivity, he shall go into captivity: If any shall kill with the sword, he must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, but he spake as a

12 dragon. And he exerciseth all the authority || of the first beast in his presence, and causcth the earth, and those who dwell in it, to worship the first beast, whose deadly

13 wound was healed. And he doeth great miracles; so that he maketh fire to come down from heaven on the

14 earth in the presence of men. And he deceiveth those who dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which it was given him to do in the presence of the beast; saying to those who dwell on the earth, that they should

* which hurt Riven authority. R. T. power, N. t power, H.

1 Or, to act, or to make war. Sce Griuhach. Toe MSS. vary. | power, N.

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