But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.
The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent1 called the devil,2 or Satan,3 who leads the whole world astray.4 He was hurled to the earth,5 and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven6 say: "Now have come the salvation7 and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers,8 who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
They overcame9 him by the blood of the Lamb10 and by the word of their testimony;11 they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.1212
Therefore rejoice, you heavens13 and you who dwell in them! But woe14 to the earth and the sea,15 because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
When the dragon16 saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.1714
The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle,18 so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time,19 out of the serpent's reach.
Then from his mouth the serpent20 spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.
But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war21 against the rest of her offspring22--those who obey God's commandments23 and hold to the testimony of Jesus.24