13 * And I saw come up out of the sea a beast with ten horns and seven heads, ten crowns on its horns and names of blasphemy on its heads; 2 * and the beast that I saw was like a leopard, and its feet like a bear’s, and its mouth like that of a lion, and the serpent gave it its own power and its throne and great dominion; 3 and one of its heads as if it had had its throat cut and was dying; and its death-wound was cured. And the whole earth was fascinated over the beast; 4 and they did reverence to the serpent because it had given the beast the dominion, and did reverence to the beast saying “Who is like the beast? and who can war with it?” 5 And it was given a mouth uttering big speeches and blasphemies; and it was given dominion to act forty-two months; 6 and it opened its mouth for blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, those who dwell in heaven. 7 And it was privileged to make war with God’s people and to defeat them; and it was given dominion over every tribe and people and language and race; 8 and all that live on the earth shall do it reverence, whoever has not had his name written in the Slaughtered Lamb’s book of life since the foundation of the world. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him listen: 10 whoever leads into captivity proceeds into captivity; whoever shall kill with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the endurance and faith of God’s people. 11 And I saw another beast come up out of the earth; and it had two horns like a lamb, and it spoke like a serpent. 12 And it exercises all the first beast’s dominion in its presence; and it makes the earth and those who live in it do reverence to the first beast whose death-wound was cured. 13 And it exhibits great tokens, so as even to make fire come down out of the sky to the earth before men. 14 And it misleads those who live on the earth because of the tokens that it is privileged to exhibit before the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast that has the sword-cut and has come to life. 15 And it is privileged to give the beast’s image a spirit, so that the beast’s image shall even speak and cause as many as do not do reverence to the beast’s image to be killed. 16 And it causes everybody, small and great and rich and poor and free and slave, to have a stamp put on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 * and that no one shall be able to buy or sell except one who has the stamp, the beast’s name or the number of its name. 18 * Here is wisdom: let him who has intelligence calculate the beast’s number; for it is a man’s number. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
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