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Chapter 19

1After that I heard what sounded like the loud shout of a great multitude in heaven saying,

“Praise the Lord! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God, 2for his judgments are sound and upright. For he has passed judgment upon the great idolatress who corrupted the earth with her idolatry, and he has avenged the blood of his slaves upon her!”

3Then they said again,

“Praise the Lord! For smoke will go up from her forever and ever!”

4Then the twenty-four elders and the four animals fell down and worshiped God who was seated upon the throne.

“Amen!” they said, “Praise the Lord!”

5And there came a voice from the throne, saying,

“Praise our God, all you slaves of his, high and low, who fear him!”

6Then I heard what sounded like the shout of a great multitude and the noise of many waters and the sound of mighty thunders, saying,

“Praise the Lord; for the Lord our God, the Almighty now reigns! 7Let us be glad and triumphant and give him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8She has been permitted to wear clean, glistening linen, for linen represents the upright deeds of God’s people.”

9Then he said to me,

“Write: ‘Blessed are they who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ These,” he said to me, “are the true words of God.”

10I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me,

“You must not do that. I am only a fellow-slave of yours and of your brothers who have accepted the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is what inspires prophecy.”

11Then I saw heaven thrown open and there appeared a white horse. His rider was called Faithful and True, and he judges and wages war in uprightness. 12His eyes blazed like fire. There were many diadems on his head, and there was a name written on him which no one knew but himself. 13The garment he wore was spattered with blood, and his name was the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven followed him mounted on white horses and clothed in pure white linen. 15From his mouth came a sharp sword with which he is to strike down the heathen. He will shepherd them with a staff of iron, and will tread the winepress of the fierce anger of God Almighty. 16On his clothing and his thigh he has this title written: King of kings and Lord of lords.

17Then I saw an angel standing on the sun, and shouting in a loud voice to all the birds that fly in midair,

“Come! Gather for God’s great banquet, 18and eat the bodies of kings, commanders, and mighty men, of horses and their riders—the bodies of all men, slaves and freemen, high and low.”

19Then I saw the animal and the kings of the earth and their armies gather to make war on him who was mounted upon the horse and upon his army. 20And the animal was captured and with it the false prophet who performed wonders on its behalf by means of which he led astray those who had let the animal’s mark be put on them and who worshiped its statue. Both of them were flung alive into the fiery lake of burning brimstone. 21The rest were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of him who sat on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves upon their bodies.

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