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21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent : and men b blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

CHAP. XVII. 3,4 A woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, with a golden cup in

her hand, sitteth upon the beast, 5 which is great Babylon, the mother of all abominations : 9 the interpretation of the seven heads, 12 and the ten horns : 8 the punishment of the whore : 14 the victory of the Lamb.

AND there came a one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that d sitteth upon many waters :

a Rev. xi. 19 : There were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

b See on ver. 9, 11.

c Exod. ix. 23-25: And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. .

CHAP. XVII. a Rev. xxi. 9: There came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues. .

Rev. xvi. 19. do. xviii. 16, 17, 19. c Ver. 5. 2 KINGs, ix. 22: It came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many ? NAHUM, iii. 4: Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Rev. xix. 2: He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

1 Ver. 15. Jer. li. 13: 0 thou that dwellest upon many

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2 With whom thee kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the finhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the & wilderness : and I saw a woman sit b upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of i names of blasphemy, having k seven heads and 'ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked' with gold and precious stones and pearls, ohaving a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: i 5 And upon her forehead was a name written,

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waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

e Rev. xviii. 3.

fJer. li. 7: Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken : the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Rev. xiv. 8: Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. do. xviii. 3.

8 Rev. xii. 6, 14: And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness.

" Rev. xii. 3: There appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns.

* Rev. xiii. 1: I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

k Ver. 9.
i Ver. 12.
m Rev. xviii. 12, 16.

n DAN. xi. 38: But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

Jer. li. 7. Rev. xviii. 6. See on do. xiv. 8.

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P MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS 2 AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

6 And I saw the 'woman drunken s with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus : and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel ? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall 'ascend out of the bottomless pit, and w go into perdition : and they that dwell on the earth shall x wonder, whose y names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of

fornications, A. V.

P 2 Thes. ii. 7: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work : only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

9 See on Rev. xiv. 8. * Rev. xviii. 24.

•Rev.xiii. 15: He had power to-cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. do. xvi. 6.

+ Rev. vi. 9, 10 : And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held : and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth ? do. xii. 11: And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. do. xiv. 13: I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.

u Ver. 1.
v See on Rev. xi. 7.

w Ver. 11. Rev. xiii. 10: He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.

* Rev. xiii. 3, 8: All the world wondered after the beast. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose

the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9 And - here is the mind which hath wisdom. The a seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. · 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even * he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and .goeth into perdition.

12 And the d ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

y See on LUKE, X. 20.

2 Rev. xiii. 18: Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast.

a Rev. xiii. 1: I-saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

b REV. viii. 10: The third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp.

c Ver. 8.

d Dan. vii, 20, 21 : And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. ZEC. i. 18-21: Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. And the LORD showed me four carpenters. Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it. Rev. xii. 1: The words under ver. 9.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength 3 unto the beast.

14 These shall @ make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for f he is Lord of lords, and King of kings : and they that are with him are called, and i chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The 'waters which

3 authority. Gen. We.

e See on Rev, xvi. 14. f See on Acts, x. 36.

8 Jer. I. 44, 45: Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans : Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them. Micah, v. 8,9: And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. Rev. xiv. 4: These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. do. xix. 14: The armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

h Rom. viii. 30, 37: Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom he called, them he also justified : and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

i John, xv. 16: Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain : that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

* Rev. ii. 10: Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days : be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Ver. 1. Isa. viii. 7: Behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory.

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