Because of the signs1 he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived2 the inhabitants of the earth.3 He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.415
He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship5 the image to be killed.616
He also forced everyone, small and great,7 rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,817
so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark,9 which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.1018
This calls for wisdom.11 If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number.12 His number is 666.