And the dragona stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.1 He had ten horns and seven heads,2 with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.32
The beast I saw resembled a leopard,4 but had feet like those of a bear5 and a mouth like that of a lion.6 The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.73
One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed.8 The whole world was astonished9 and followed the beast.
Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like10 the beast? Who can make war against him?"
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies11 and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.126
He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.137
He was given power to make war14 against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.158
All inhabitants of the earth16 will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life17 belonging to the Lamb18 that was slain from the creation of the world.b19