To make war with the saints and to overcome them (poihsai polemon meta twn agiwn kai nikhsai autou). This clause with two epexegetical first aorist active infinitives (polemhsai and nikhsai) is omitted in A C P, but probably by omoeoteleuton (like ending) because of the repetition of edoqh. The words seem to come from Daniel 7:21Daniel 7:23 . There was no escape from the beast's rule in the Mediterranean world. See Revelation 5:9 for the phrases here used, there for praise to the Lamb.