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9 And the fifth angel blew, and I saw a star from the sky fallen to the earth, and it was given the key to the well of the abyss. 2 And it opened the well of the abyss, and smoke came up out of the well like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened from the smoke of the well. 3 And out of the smoke grasshoppers came out upon the ground, and they were given such powers as the scorpions on the ground have, 4 and were told not to injure the grass of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree, anything but the men who do not have God’s seal on their foreheads; 5 and it was given to them not to kill them, but that they should be tortured five months (and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it strikes a man), 6 and in those days men should look for death and not find it, and should desire to die and death should be fleeing away from them. 7 And the semblance of the grasshoppers was like horses prepared for war; and on their heads were what seemed to be wreaths like gold, and their faces were like faces of human beings, 8 and they had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like those of lions, 9 and they had coats of armor like iron armor, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of many-horsed chariots galloping to war. 10 And they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to injure men five months. 11 They have over them a king, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek language he bears the name Apollyon. 12 The one Woe has gone; two more Woes are coming after. 13 * And the sixth angel blew, and I heard one voice from the horns of the golden altar before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel, the one who had the trumpet, “Unchain the four angels that are chained at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels that were kept in readiness for the hour and day and month and year, to kill a third of mankind, were unchained. 16 And the number of the armies of cavalry was two hundred million; I heard their number. 17 And in my vision I saw the horses and their riders like this, with fire-colored and violet and sulfur-colored coats of armor; and the horses’ heads like lions’ heads, and out of their mouths went fire and smoke and sulfur-fumes. 18 By these three scourges a third of men were killed, by the fire and the smoke and the sulfur-fumes that went out of their mouths;— 19 for the powers of the horses are in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like snakes, with heads, and with them they do injury.— 20 And the rest of mankind, those who were not killed with these scourges, did not even repent of the deeds of their hands, not to do reverence to demons and to golden and silver and bronze and stone and wooden idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk, 21 and did not repent of their murders nor of their witchcraft nor of their unchastity nor of their thefts.
^ 9:13 Var. the four horns