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Chapter 16

1Then I heard a loud voice from the temple say to the seven angels,

“Go and empty the seven bowls of God’s wrath upon the earth!”

2So the first angel went and emptied his bowl upon the earth, and loathsome, painful sores attacked the men who bore the mark of the animal and worshiped its statue.

3The second emptied his bowl upon the sea, and it turned into blood like a dead man’s, and every live thing in the sea died.

4The third emptied his bowl upon the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 5Then I heard the angel of the waters say,

“You are just in pronouncing this sentence, you who are and were, the Holy One; 6for they shed the blood of your people and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink, as they deserve.”

7And I heard the altar answer,

“Yes, Lord God Almighty! Your sentences are true and just.”

8The fourth emptied his bowl upon the sun, and it was allowed to scorch mankind with its heat, 9and they were dreadfully scorched, but they reviled the name of God who had control of these plagues, and would not repent and give him glory.

10The fifth emptied his bowl upon the animal’s throne, and its kingdom was plunged in darkness, and men gnawed their tongues in anguish 11and reviled the God of heaven for their sufferings and sores, but they would not repent of what they had done.

12The sixth emptied his bowl upon the great river Euphrates, and its waters dried up to make the way ready for the kings from the east. 13Then I saw three foul spirits like frogs emerge from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the animal and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14They are demon spirits that perform wonders, and they go out to the kings all over the world to muster them for battle on the great Day of God Almighty. 15(See, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who keeps awake, and keeps hold of his clothes, so that he will not have to go naked and be put to shame!) 16So they mustered the kings at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon.

17The seventh emptied his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is all over!”

18Then there were flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder, and there was a great earthquake; there has never been such an earthquake since man first existed upon the earth, it was so great. 19The great city broke into three pieces, the cities of the heathen fell, and God remembered to give mighty Babylon the cup of the wine of his fierce anger. 20Every island vanished, the mountains disappeared, 21huge hailstones of immense weight fell on mankind from heaven, and men reviled God because of the plague of hail, the plague of it was so terrible.

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