Bible: Revelation 17

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then 1  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 2 Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 3  of the great prostitute who sits on many waters, 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality and the earth’s inhabitants got drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 4  17:3 So 5  he carried me away in the Spirit 6  to a wilderness, 7  and there 8  I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 Now 9  the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 10  and adorned with gold, 11  precious stones, and pearls. She held 12  in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 13  17:5 On 14  her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 15  “Babylon the Great, the Mother of prostitutes and of the detestable things of the earth.” 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of those who testified to Jesus. 16  I 17  was greatly astounded 18  when I saw her. 17:7 But 19  the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 20  for you the mystery of the woman and of the beast with the seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 17:8 The beast you saw was, and is not, but is about to come up from the abyss 21  and then go to destruction. The 22  inhabitants of the earth – all those whose names have not been written in the book of life since the foundation of the world – will be astounded when they see that 23  the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 24  a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 25  the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 26  and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 27  beast that was, and is not, is himself an eighth king and yet is one of the seven, and is going to destruction. 17:12 The 28  ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 29  as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 30  have a single intent, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 17:14 They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying 31  the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17:15 Then 32  the angel 33  said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 34  nations, and languages. 17:16 The 35  ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 36  will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 37  17:17 For God has put into their minds 38  to carry out his purpose 39  by making 40  a decision 41  to give their royal power 42  to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 43  17:18 As for 44  the woman you saw, she is the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”

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