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13:1Then I saw a wild animal rise out of the sea, and it had ten horns and seven heads. On each horn was a royal crown, and on each head was a slanderous name.13:2This wild animal was like a leopard with a bear’s paws and a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave this wild animal his power, his throne, and wide-ranging jurisdiction.13:3One of the wild animal’s heads appeared to have sustained a mortal wound but was healed. The whole earth was astounded at the wild animal,13:4and they worshiped the dragon for giving jurisdiction to it. They said, “Who is like the wild animal, and who can fight it?”

13:5The wild animal was given a mouth with which to speak great and slanderous things, and its jurisdiction would be for forty-two months.13:6It opened up its mouth to slander God and his name, and his sanctuary and all who live in heaven.13:7And it was allowed to do battle with the holy people and conquer them, as well as to have jurisdiction over all tribes, people groups, languages, and non-Judeans.13:8All the earth dwellers will worship it, whose names have not been written in the scroll of life of the Lamb who had been slaughtered from the establishment of the world.

13:9Whoever has an ear had better listen!13:10If anyone is to go into captivity, they will be taken; if anyone is to be killed with the sword, they will be killed. Such is the endurance and faith of the holy people.

13:11Then I saw another wild animal ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon.13:12It wields all the jurisdiction of the first wild animal and makes all the earth dwellers worship it (the one that was healed of the fatal wound).13:13It does great miraculous signs, such as making fire fall from the sky to the earth in front of everyone.13:14And it misleads the earth dwellers through the signs it was given to do in the presence of the first wild animal.

It told them to make an image of the wild animal that had the fatal wound but lived.13:15It was allowed to give spirit to the image of the wild animal so that it could talk, and to put to death anyone who would refuse to worship the image.13:16It also makes everyone— small or great, rich or poor, free or slave— accept an inscription on their right hand or forehead.13:17No one will be able to buy or sell without having the inscription of either the name or the number of the wild animal.

13:18This takes wisdom: let the one with insight compute the number of the wild animal, because it is the number of a person; the number is six-hundred sixty-six.