8:1When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, it became silent in heaven for half an hour.8:2Then I saw the seven Messengers standing before God, and they were given seven trumpets.
8:3Another Messenger came and stood at the altar, holding a golden frankincense container. He was given a lot of incense, which is the prayers of the holy people, to place on the golden altar before the throne.8:4And the smoke of the incense with the prayers of the holy people ascended from the Messenger’s hand to the presence of God.8:5Then the Messenger took the frankincense container and completely filled it with fire from the altar, then threw it into the earth causing thunder, rumbling, lightning, and an earthquake.
8:6Then the seven Messengers with the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.8:7The first trumpet sounded, and there came hail and fire mingled with blood. It was thrown to the earth, and a third of the earth, a third of the trees, and all the green grass was burned up.
8:8The second trumpet sounded, and a huge blazing mountain was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood,8:9a third of the sea creatures with souls died, and a third of the ships disintegrated.
8:10The third trumpet sounded, and a huge star burning like a torch fell out of the sky, landing on a third of the streams and springs8:11(the star is called Bitterness1). A third of the waters became bitter, and many people died as a result of the bitter waters.
8:12The fourth trumpet sounded, and a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were struck with darkness, such that the light of both day and night was reduced by a third.8:13Then I saw an eagle flying through the sky, and I heard it say in a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe upon the earth dwellers, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the remaining three Messengers!”
- 1The star is traditionally known as Wormwood, after a bitter herb.