Revelation 9 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. 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 he opened it, smoke poured out as though from a huge furnace, and the sunlight and air were darkened by the smoke. 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 Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions. 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 hurt the grass or plants or trees but to attack all the people who did not have the seal of God 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 told not to kill them but to torture them for five months with agony like the pain of scorpion stings. 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 seek death but will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee away! 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 armed for battle. They had gold crowns on their heads, and they had 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 long like the hair of a woman, and their teeth were like the teeth of a lion. 8 Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.
9 They wore armor made of iron, and their wings roared like an army of 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 that stung like scorpions, with power to torture people. This power was given to them 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 is the angel from the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon -- the Destroyer. 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 terror is past, but look, two more terrors are coming! 12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.
13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice speaking from the four horns of the gold altar that stands in the presence 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 And the voice spoke to the sixth angel who held the trumpet: "Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River." 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
15 And the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. 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 They led an army of 200 million mounted troops -- I heard an announcement of how many there were. 16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.
17 And in my vision, I saw the horses and the riders sitting on them. The riders wore armor that was fiery red and sky blue and yellow. The horses' heads were like the heads of lions, and fire and smoke and burning sulfur billowed from their mouths. 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 One-third of all the people on earth were killed by these three plagues -- by the fire and the smoke and burning sulfur that came from the mouths of the horses. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.
19 Their power was in their mouths, but also in their tails. For their tails had heads like snakes, with the power to injure people. 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 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to turn from their evil deeds. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood -- idols that neither see nor hear nor 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 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their immorality or their thefts. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.