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12 And a great portent appeared in the sky, a woman clad in the sun, the moon under her feet and a wreath of twelve stars on her head, 2 about to have a child; and she was screaming in her labor-pains, in the torture of giving birth. 3 And another portent appeared in the sky: lo, a great fiery-red serpent with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads, 4 its tail dragging a third of the stars in the sky and throwing them to earth. And the serpent was standing before the woman who was to bear the child, in order to eat up her child when she did bear it. 5 And she bore a son, a male, who is to drive all nations with an iron rod; and her child was snatched away to God and his throne; 6 and the woman fled to the desert, where she has a place prepared by God where they are to feed her twelve hundred and sixty days. 7 And there came a war in the sky, Michael and his angels battling with the serpent; and the serpent and its angels battled, 8* and did not succeed, nor was there any longer to be found in the sky a place for them. 9 And the great serpent was thrown down, the primeval snake, he who is called the Devil and Satan, the misleader of the whole world of men—thrown down to the earth, and its angels thrown down with it. 10* And I heard a loud voice in the sky say “Now is come our God’s salvation and power and empire, and his Christ’s dominion, because the accuser of our brothers is thrown down: he who accuses them before our God day and night, 11 and they won against him because of the Lamb’s blood and because of the word of their testimony, and did not love their lives even in the face of death. 12 Therefore jubilate, heavens and you that dwell in them! woe for the earth and the sea! because the Devil has gone down to you in a great rage, knowing that he has little time.” 13 And when the serpent saw that it was thrown down to the earth it chased the woman that had borne the male child. 14* And the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly to her place in the desert, where she is fed for a time and times and half a time to keep her from the snake. 15 And the snake threw out of its mouth after the woman water like a river to sweep her off her feet; 16 and the earth took the woman’s part, and opened its mouth and drank up the river that the serpent threw out of its mouth. 17 And the serpent was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her issue, that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus; and it planted itself on the sand of the sea.