Revelation 13:17

17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

Revelation 13:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
ESV
17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
NLT
17 And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.
MSG
17 Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
CSB
17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast's name or the number of his name.

Revelation 13:17 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 13:17

And that no man might buy or sell
Either in an ecclesiastical sense, as to, be in any church office, or perform any such service, to say Mass, hear confession, give absolution, sell pardons and indulgences or in a civil sense, as to trade, and exercise merchandise, and this was forbidden by several Popish councils and synods; the Lateran council, under Pope Alexander, decreed against the Waldenses and Albigenses, that no one should presume to retain or encourage them in their houses or countries, or "trade" with them; and the synod of Tours in France forbid any reception of heretics, or protection, and that any communion should be had with them "in buying and selling", as Mr. Mede has observed; and it was ordered by a bull of Pope Martin the Fifth, that no contract should be made with such, and that they should not follow any business and merchandise:

save he that had the mark;
took the oath to be true to the pope, or made a public profession of the Popish religion:

or the name of the beast;
Papists, so called from the pope; thus the antichristians are called from antichrist, as the Christians from Christ:

or the number of his name;
which is either the same with the number of the beast in ( Revelation 13:18 ) , or is something distinct it; and those who have it may be such persons who neither have the indelible character of the Romish clergy, nor are open professors of the Popish religion, but are in heart inclined to it, and privately and secretly promote it, by their doctrines and practices; and so are numbered, reckoned, esteemed, and accounted of by the Papists, and receive favours from them; or rather such who openly "furnish the drink offering" in the Mass, mixed with wine and water, (ynml) , "for that number", ( Isaiah 65:11 ) .

Revelation 13:17 In-Context

15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,
17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Revelation 14:9
  • 2. ver 18; Revelation 14:11; Revelation 15:2