Revelation 8 (Today's New International Version)

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The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer

1 When he opened the seventh seal,1 there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels2 who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.3 3 Another angel,4 who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God's people,5 on the golden altar6 before the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God7 from the angel's hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar,8 and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder,9 rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.10

The Trumpets

6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets11 prepared to sound them. 7 The first angel12 sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire13 mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third14 of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.15 8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain,16 all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third17 of the sea turned into blood,18 9 a third19 of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky20 on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water21-- 11 the name of the star is Wormwood.a A third22 of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.23 12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third24 of them turned dark.25 A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.26 13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair27 call out in a loud voice: "Woe! Woe! Woe28 to the inhabitants of the earth,29 because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!"
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