They went up (anebhsan). Second aorist active indicative of anabainw, a return to the manner of the seer as in verses Ezekiel 45 . Over the breadth of the earth (epi to plato th gh). Plato is old word, in N.T. only here, Ezekiel 21:16 ; Ephesians 3:18 . The hosts of Satan spread over the earth. Compassed (ekukleusan). First aorist (prophetic) active indicative of kukleuw, to encircle, late verb (Strabo) from kuklo (circle), in N.T. only here and margin in John 10:24 (for ekuklwsan from kuklow). The camp of the saints (thn parembolhn twn agiwn). Parembolh (para, en, ballw) is common late word for military camp, in LXX for the Israelites in the desert ( Exodus 29:14 , etc.), in N.T. for Roman barracks (Ac 24:34,37) and for an army in line of battle ( Hebrews 11:34 ; Revelation 20:9 ). The beloved city (thn polin thn hgaphmenhn). Perfect passive participle of agapaw, "the city the beloved." See Psalms 78:68 ; Psalms 87:2 for Jerusalem so described. So Charles takes it here, but Swete holds it to be "the Church the New Zion" that is meant. And fire came down out of heaven (kai katebh pur ek tou ouranou). Second aorist (prophetic) active indicative of katabainw. Cf. Genesis 19:24 ; Genesis 39:6 ; Ezekiel 38:22 ; 2 Kings 1:102 Kings 1:12 ; Luke 9:54 (about John). Devoured them (katepagen autou). Second aorist (prophetic) active of katesqiw, to eat up (down). Vivid climax to this last great battle with Satan.