A great and wondrous sign1 appeared in heaven:2 a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars3 on her head.
She was pregnant and cried out in pain4 as she was about to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in heaven:5 an enormous red dragon6 with seven heads7 and ten horns8 and seven crowns9 on his heads.
His tail swept a third10 of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.11 The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child12 the moment it was born.
She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.13 And her child was snatched up14 to God and to his throne.
The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.157
And there was war in heaven. Michael16 and his angels fought against the dragon,17 and the dragon and his angels18 fought back.
But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.
The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent19 called the devil,20 or Satan,21 who leads the whole world astray.22 He was hurled to the earth,23 and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven24 say: "Now have come the salvation25 and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers,26 who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
They overcame27 him by the blood of the Lamb28 and by the word of their testimony;29 they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.30