Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds from blowing upon the earth. Not a leaf rustled in the trees, and the sea became as smooth as glass.
And I saw another angel coming from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted out to those four angels who had been given power to injure land and sea,
"Wait! Don't hurt the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants."
And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God. There were 144,000 who were sealed from all the tribes of Israel:
from Judah - 12,000 from Reuben - 12,000 from Gad - 12,
from Asher - 12,000 from Naphtali - 12,000 from Manasseh - 12,
from Simeon - 12,000 from Levi - 12,000 from Issachar - 12,
from Zebulun - 12,000 from Joseph - 12,000 from Benjamin - 12,
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