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Revelation 12 (Today's New International Version)

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The Woman and the Dragon

1 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. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain4 as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven:5 an enormous red dragon6 with seven heads7 and ten horns8 and seven crowns9 on its heads. 4 Its 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 it might devour her child12 the moment he was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who "will rule all the nations with an iron scepter."a13 And her child was snatched up14 to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.15 7 And there was war in heaven. Michael16 and his angels fought against the dragon,17 and the dragon and his angels18 fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 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. 10 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 Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,26 who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over27 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 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens31 and you who dwell in them! But woe32 to the earth and the sea,33 because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." 13 When the dragon34 saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.35 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle,36 so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time,37 out of the serpent's reach. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent38 spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war39 against the rest of her offspring40--those who keep God's commands41 and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.42
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