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9:1The fifth trumpet sounded, and I saw a star that had fallen out of the sky, and he was given the keys to the shaft of the Abyss.19:2When he opened the shaft, smoke went up from it like the smoke from a huge furnace, darkening the sun and the air.9:3Out of the smoke to the earth came locusts, and they were given permission like that of the earth’s scorpions.

9:4The locusts were told not to harm the pastures of the earth, nor anything green, nor any of the trees, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.9:5And they were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. The torture was like the agony of a scorpion sting,9:6and in those days people will seek death but not find it; they will want to die but death will elude them.

9:7The locusts resembled horses prepared for battle. On their heads they had what looked like golden victor’s crowns, and they had faces like humans.9:8Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.9:9They wore body armor that seemed to be made of iron, and the sound of their wings was like many horses and chariots running into battle.9:10The locusts had tails with stingers like scorpions, and the tails were allowed to harm people for five months.9:11They had as king over them the Messenger of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.2

9:12The first “woe” is gone, but look! There are still two to come after these things!

9:13The sixth trumpet sounded, and I heard a voice coming from the four projections on the golden altar before God.9:14It told the sixth trumpeter, “Release the four Messengers confined to the great river Euphrates!”9:15So the four Messengers were released, having been prepared for this hour, day, month, and year, to kill a third of mankind.9:16The number of the cavalry troops was two hundred million; I heard that number.

9:17This is how I perceived the horses and riders in my vision: they had body armor that was fiery red, deep blue, and bright yellow. The horses’ heads were like lions’ heads, and out of their mouths go fire and smoke and sulphur.9:18From these three disasters— the fire, the smoke, and the sulphur coming out of their mouths— a third of mankind was killed.9:19The horses’ license to kill is in their mouths and tails, because their tails are like serpents who inflict injury with their heads.

9:20The rest of mankind who were not killed in these three disasters refused to change their minds from what they had done; they did not stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, copper, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk around.9:21Neither did they change their minds from their murders, their sorceries,3 their promiscuity, or their thefts.

  1. 1An abyss is a bottomless pit.
  2. 2Abaddon and Apollyon mean “Destroyer.”
  3. 3The word for sorcery could also mean drug use, but in that culture the drugs were used for sorcery.