The woman1was clothed in purple and scarlet, and aadorned with gold and preciousbstones and pearls, having in her hand2a goldcupfull of abominations and of the uncleanthings of her immorality,
and on her forehead a name was written, a 3mystery, "4BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF 5THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
And I saw the womandrunk with 6the blood of the csaints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondereddgreatly .
And the angelsaid to me, "Whyedo you wonder ? I will tell you the 7mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the 8sevenheads and the tenhorns.
"9The beast that you saw10was, and is not, and is about to 11come up out of the 12abyss and f13go to destruction. And 14those who dwell on the earth, 15whosename has not been written in the book of life16from the foundation of the world, will 17wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.
"18Here is the mind which haswisdom. The 19sevenheads are sevenmountains on which the womansits,
and they are seven20kings ; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yetcome ; and when he comes, he mustremain a littlewhile.
"The beastwhich21was and is not, is himselfalso an eighth and is one of the seven, and he 22goes to destruction.
"The 23tenhornswhich you saw are tenkingswho have not yetreceived a kingdom, but they receiveauthority as kings with the beast24for onehour.
13"Thesehave25onegpurpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.