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Chapter 9

1And the fifth messenger did sound, and I saw a star out of the heaven having fallen to the earth, and there was given to it the key of the pit of the abyss, 2and he did open the pit of the abyss, and there came up a smoke out of the pit as smoke of a great furnace, and darkened was the sun and the air, from the smoke of the pit. 3And out of the smoke came forth locusts to the earth, and there was given to them authority, as scorpions of the earth have authority, 4and it was said to them that they may not injure the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but -- the men only who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads, 5and it was given to them that they may not kill them, but that they may be tormented five months, and their torment [is] as the torment of a scorpion, when it may strike a man; 6and in those days shall men seek the death, and they shall not find it, and they shall desire to die, and the death shall flee from them. 7And the likenesses of the locusts [are] like to horses made ready to battle, and upon their heads as crowns like gold, and their faces as faces of men, 8and they had hair as hair of women, and their teeth were as [those] of lions, 9and they had breastplates as breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings [is] as the noise of chariots of many horses running to battle; 10and they have tails like to scorpions, and stings were in their tails; and their authority [is] to injure men five months; 11and they have over them a king -- the messenger of the abyss -- a name [is] to him in Hebrew, Abaddon, and in the Greek he hath a name, Apollyon. 12The first wo did go forth, lo, there come yet two woes after these things. 13And the sixth messenger did sound, and I heard a voice out of the four horns of the altar of gold that is before God, 14saying to the sixth messenger who had the trumpet, `Loose the four messengers who are bound at the great river Euphrates;` 15and loosed were the four messengers, who have been made ready for the hour, and day, and month, and year, that they may kill the third of men; 16and the number of the forces of the horsemen [is] two myriads of myriads, and I heard the number of them. 17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting upon them, having breastplates of fire, and jacinth, and brimstone; and the heads of the horses [are] as heads of lions, and out of their mouths proceedeth fire, and smoke, and brimstone; 18by these three were the third of men killed, from the fire, and from the smoke, and from the brimstone, that is proceeding out of their mouth, 19for their authorities are in their mouth, and in their tails, for their tails [are] like serpents, having heads, and with them they do injure; 20and the rest of men, who were not killed in these plagues, neither did reform from the works of their hands, that they may not bow before the demons, and idols, those of gold, and those of silver, and those of brass, and those of stone, and those of wood, that are neither able to see, nor to hear, nor to walk, 21yea they did not reform from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their whoredoms, nor from their thefts.

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