The fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth. The key to the shaft of the abyssa was given to him.
He opened the shaft of the abyss, and smoke came up out of the shaft like smoke from a greatb furnace so that the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the shaft.
Then out of the smoke locusts came to the earth, and powerc was given to them like the power that scorpions have on the earth.
They were told not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green plant, or any tree, but only people who do not have God's seal on their foreheads.
They were not permitted to kill them, but were to torment [them] for five months; their torment is like the torment caused by a scorpion when it strikes a man.
In those days people will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.
The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle.d On their heads were something like gold crowns; their faces were like men's faces;
they had hair like women's hair; their teeth were like lions' teeth;e9
they had chests like iron breastplates; the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses rushing into battle;
and they had tails with stingers, like scorpions, so that with their tails they had the powerf to harm people for five months.
They had as their kingg the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon,h and in Greek he has the name Apollyon.i12
The first woe has passed. There are still two more woes to come after this.
The sixth angel blew his trumpet. From the fourj horns of the gold altark that is before God, I heard a voice
say to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates."
So the four angels who were prepared for the hour, day, month, and year were released to kill a third of the human race.
The number of mounted troops was 200 million;l I heard their number.
This is how I saw the horses in my vision: The horsemen had breastplates that were fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow. The heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and from their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur.
A third of the human race was killed by these three plagues-by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came from their mouths.
For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, because their tails, like snakes, have heads, and they inflict injury with them.
The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demonsm and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which are not able to see, hear, or walk.n21
And they did not repent of their murders, their sorceries,o their sexual immorality, or their thefts.