When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given;
they cried out with a loud voice, "Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?"
They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants a and of their brothers and sisters, b who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed.
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