The Beast from the Sea
1And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. # Dn 7:3 He # The beasts in Rv 13:1,11 are customarily referred to as “he” or “him” rather than “it.” The Gk word for a beast (therion) is grammatically neuter. had 10 horns and seven heads. On his horns were 10 diadems, # Rv 12:3 and on his heads were blasphemous names. # Other mss read heads was a blasphemous name # Rv 17:3 2The beast I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like a bear’s, and his mouth was like a lion’s mouth. # Dn 7:4-6 The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3One of his heads appeared to be fatally wounded, # Lit be slain to death but his fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast. # Lit amazed after the beast # Rv 17:8 4They worshiped the dragon # Rv 12:3 because he gave authority to the beast. And they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? # Ex 15:11; Is 46:5 Who is able to wage war against him? ”
5A mouth was given to him to speak boasts and blasphemies. # Dn 7:8,11,20 He was also given authority to act # Other mss read wage war # Or to rule for 42 months. # Rv 11:2 6He began to speak # Lit He opened his mouth in blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling — those who dwell in heaven. 7And he was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. # Rv 12:17 He was also given authority # Jr 27:6; Dn 7:6,14; Lk 4:6; Jn 19:11 over every tribe, people, language, and nation. # Rv 5:9; 7:9; 11:9; 14:6 8All those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book # Or scroll of life # Ex 32:32-33; Ps 69:28; Php 4:3; Rv 3:5; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27 of the Lamb who was slaughtered. # Or written in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered from the foundation of the world # 1Pt 1:19-20; Rv 5:6,12; 7:14
9If anyone has an ear, he should listen: # Mt 11:15; Rv 2:7,11,17,19; 3:6,13,22
10If anyone is destined for captivity,
into captivity he goes.
If anyone is to be killed # Other mss read anyone kills with a sword,
with a sword he will be killed. # Jr 15:2; 43:11
This demands the perseverance # Lit Here is the perseverance and faith of the saints. # Rv 14:12
The Beast from the Earth
11Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; he had two horns like a lamb, # Or ram # Dn 8:3 but he sounded like a dragon. 12He exercises all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and compels the earth and those who live on it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13He also performs great signs, # Dt 13:1-3; Mk 13:22; 2Th 2:9-11 even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in front of people. # 1Kg 18:38; 2Kg 1:10; Lk 9:54 14He deceives those who live on the earth # Rv 12:9 because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, # 2Th 2:9-12; Rv 19:20 telling those who live on the earth to make an image # Or statue, or likeness of the beast who had the sword wound and yet lived. 15He was permitted to give a spirit # Or give breath, or give life to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. # Dn 3:5-6; Rv 20:4 16And he requires everyone — small and great, rich and poor, free and slave — to be given a mark # Or stamp, or brand on his right hand or on his forehead, # Rv 14:1,9,11; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4 17so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name.
18Here is wisdom: # Or This calls for wisdom # Rv 17:9 The one who has understanding must calculate # Or count, or figure out the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. # Or is a man’s number, or is the number of a person His number is 666. # Other Gk mss read 616