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Revelation 9:1-6 (Today's New International Version)

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1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.1 The star was given the key2 to the shaft of the Abyss.3 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace.4 The sun and sky were darkened5 by the smoke from the Abyss.6 3 And out of the smoke locusts7 came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions8 of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm9 the grass of the earth or any plant or tree,10 but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.11 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months.12 And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion13 when it strikes. 6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.14
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