1 Immediately I saw Four Angels standing at the four corners of earth, standing steady with a firm grip on the four winds so no wind would blow on earth or sea, not even rustle a tree.
2 Then I saw another Angel rising from where the sun rose, carrying the seal of the Living God. He thundered to the Four Angels assigned the task of hurting earth and sea,
3 "Don't hurt the earth! Don't hurt the sea! Don't so much as hurt a tree until I've sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads!"
4 I heard the count of those who were sealed: 144,000! They were sealed out of every Tribe of Israel:
5 12,000 sealed from Judah, 12,000 from Reuben, 12,000 from Gad,
6 12,000 from Asher, 12,000 from Naphtali, 12,000 from Manasseh,
7 12,000 from Simeon, 12,000 from Levi, 12,000 from Issachar,
8 12,000 from Zebulun, 12,000 from Joseph, 12,000 sealed from Benjamin.