Bible: Revelation 9:1-11; 12:3-17; 16:13-14; 13:2
9:1 Then 1 the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 2 to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 3 9:2 He 4 opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 5 like smoke from a giant furnace. The 6 sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 7 out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 8 like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 9 were told 10 not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 11 who did not have the seal of God on their 12 forehead. 9:5 The locusts 13 were not given permission 14 to kill 15 them, but only to torture 16 them 17 for five months, and their torture was like that 18 of a scorpion when it stings a person. 19 9:6 In 20 those days people 21 will seek death, but 22 will not be able to 23 find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.
9:7 Now 24 the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 25 their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 26 and their faces looked like men’s 27 faces. 9:8 They 28 had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 29 like iron breastplates, and the sound of their wings was like the noise of many horse-drawn chariots charging into battle. 9:10 They have 30 tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 31 to injure people for five months is in their tails. 9:11 They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. 32
12:3 I will bless those who bless you, 1
but the one who treats you lightly 2 I must curse,
and all the families of the earth will bless one another 3 by your name.”
12:4 So Abram left, 4 just as the
12:6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree 11 of Moreh 12 at Shechem. 13 (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) 14 12:7 The
12:8 Then he moved from there to the hill country east of Bethel 17 and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the
The Promised Blessing Jeopardized
12:10 There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt 21 to stay for a while 22 because the famine was severe. 23 12:11 As he approached 24 Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, 25 I know that you are a beautiful woman. 26 12:12 When the Egyptians see you they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will keep you alive. 27 12:13 So tell them 28 you are my sister 29 so that it may go well 30 for me because of you and my life will be spared 31 on account of you.”
12:14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 12:15 When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abram’s wife 32 was taken 33 into the household of Pharaoh, 34 12:16 and he did treat Abram well 35 on account of her. Abram received 36 sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
12:17 But the
16:13 So Hagar named the