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. Chapter 9.

1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet; and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and the star was given the key of the shaft of the abyss. 2 With this he opened the shaft of the abyss; and from the shaft smoke rose like smoke from a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then over the earth, out of the smoke, came locusts, and they were given the powers that earthly scorpions have. 4 They were told to do no injury to the grass or to any plant or tree, but only to those men who had not received the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 These they were allowed to torment for five months, with torment like a scorpion's sting, but they were not to kill them. 6 During that time these men will seek death, but they will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

7 In appearance the locusts were like horses equipped for battle. On their heads were what looked like golden crowns; 8 their faces were like human faces and their hair like women's hair; they had teeth like lions' teeth, 9 and wore breastplates like iron; the sound of their wings was like the noise of horses and chariots rushing to battle; 10 they had tails like scorpions, with stings in them, and in their tails lay their power to plague mankind for five months. 11 They had for their king the angel of the abyss, whose name, in Hebrew, is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon, or the Destroyer.

12 The first woe has now passed. But there are still two more to come.

13 The sixth angel then blew his trumpet; and I heard a voice coming from between the horns of the golden altar that stood in the presence of God. 14 It said to the sixth angel, who held the trumpet: 'Release the four angels held bound at the great river Euphrates!' 15 So the four angels were let loose, to kill a third of mankind. They had been held ready for this moment, for this very year and month, day and hour. 16 And their squadrons of cavalry, whose count I heard, numbered two hundred million.

17 This was how I saw the horses and their riders in my vision: They wore breastplates, fiery red, blue, and sulphur-yellow; the horses had heads like lions' heads, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulphur. 18 By these three plagues, that is, by the fire, the smoke, and the sulphur that came from their mouths, a third of mankind was killed. 19 The power of the horses lay in their mouths, and in their tails also; for their tails were like snakes, with heads, and with them too they dealt injuries.

20 [ Dt.32.17, Ps.115.4. ] The rest of mankind who survived these plagues still did not abjure the gods their hands had fashioned, nor cease their worship of devils and of idols made from gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their sorcery, their fornication, or their robberies.

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