When he opened the seventh seal,1 there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels2 who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.33
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.
The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God7 from the angel's hand.
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
Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets11 prepared to sound them.
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.158
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,189
a third19 of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
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--
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.2312
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.2613
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!"