Revelation 9 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The fifth angel blew his trumpet. Then I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the tunnel leading down into the Abyss. 1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.
2 When the star opened the Abyss, smoke rose up from it like the smoke from a huge furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.
3 Out of the smoke came locusts. They settled down on the earth. They were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.
4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree. They were supposed to harm only the people who didn't have God's seal on their foreheads. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
5 They were not allowed to kill them. But they could hurt them over and over for five months. The pain the people suffered was like the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 5 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.
6 In those days, people will look for a way to die but won't find it. They will want to die, but death will escape them. 6 During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
7 The locusts looked like horses ready for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold. Their faces looked like human faces. 7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.
8 Their hair was like women's hair. Their teeth were like lions' teeth. 8 Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.
9 Their chests were covered with something that looked like armor made out of iron. The sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.
10 They had tails and stings like scorpions. And in their tails they had power to hurt people over and over for five months. 10 They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.
11 Their king was the angel of the Abyss. In the Hebrew language his name is Abaddon. In Greek it is Apollyon. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.
12 The first terrible judgment is past. Two others are still coming. 12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.
13 The sixth angel blew his trumpet. Then I heard a voice coming from the corners of the golden altar that stands in front of God. 13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God.
14 The voice spoke to the sixth angel who had the trumpet. It said, "Set the four angels free who are held at the great river Euphrates." 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
15 The four angels had been ready for this very hour and day and month and year. They were set free to kill a third of all people. 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.
16 The number of troops on horseback was 200,000,000. I heard how many there were. 16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.
17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision had armor on their chests. It was flaming red, dark blue, and yellow like sulfur. The heads of the horses looked like lions' heads. Out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.
18 A third of all people were killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of the horses' mouths. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.
19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails. The tails were like snakes whose heads could bite. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
20 The people who were not killed by these plagues still did not turn away from what they had been doing. They did not stop worshiping demons. They kept worshiping statues of gods made out of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, which can't see or hear or walk. 20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
21 The people also did not turn away from their murders, witchcraft, sexual sins and stealing. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.