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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 16

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1I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary say to the seven angels, ‘Go and pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth.’

2The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and foul malignant sores appeared on the men that wore the mark of the beast and worshipped its image.

3The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea; and the sea turned to blood like the blood from a dead body, and every living thing in it died.

4The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs, and they turned to blood.

5And I heard the angel of the waters say, ‘You are just in these your judgements, you who are, and were, O Holy One; 6for they shed the blood of your people and your prophets, and blood you have given them to drink. They have what they deserve!’ 7I heard a voice from the altar cry, ‘Yes, Lord God, sovereign over all, true and just are your judgements!’

8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun; and it was allowed to burn people with its flames. 9They were severely burned, and cursed the name of God who had the power to inflict such plagues, but they did not repent and do him homage.

10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast; and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony, 11and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores, but they would not repent of what they had done.

12The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the Great River, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up to prepare a way for the kings from the east.

13I saw three foul spirits like frogs coming from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. 14These are demonic spirits with power to work miracles, sent out to muster all the kings of the world for the battle on the great day of God the sovereign Lord. 15(‘See, I am coming like a thief! Happy the man who stays awake, and keeps his clothes at hand so that he will not have to go naked and ashamed for all to see!’) 16These spirits assembled the kings at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon.

17The seventh angel poured out his bowl on the air; and out of the sanctuary came a loud voice from the throne, which said, ‘It is over!’ 18There followed flashes of lightning and peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake, so violent that nothing like it had ever happened in human history.

19 THE great city was split in three, and the cities of the nations collapsed in ruin. God did not forget Babylon the great, but made her drink the cup which was filled with the fierce wine of his wrath. 20Every island vanished, and not a mountain was to be seen. 21Huge hailstones, weighing as much as a hundredweight, crashed down from the sky on the people; and they cursed God because the plague of hail was so severe.

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