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Revelation 16 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Seven Bowls
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:1 - Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls[fn] of the wrath of God on the earth.”
First Bowl: Loathsome Sores
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:2 - So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:3 - Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.
Third Bowl: The Waters Turn to Blood
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:4 - Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:5 - And I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are righteous, O Lord,[fn]
The One who is and who was and who is to be,[fn]
Because You have judged these things.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:6 - For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
And You have given them blood to drink.
For[fn] it is their just due.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:7 - And I heard another from[fn] the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:8 - Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:9 - And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.
Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:10 - Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:11 - They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.
Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:12 - Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:13 - And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:14 - For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and[fn] of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:15 - “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:16 - And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.[fn]
Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:17 - Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:18 - And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:19 - Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:20 - Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 16:21 - And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text and M-Text read seven bowls.
NU-Text and M-Text omit O Lord.
NU-Text and M-Text read who was, the Holy One.
NU-Text and M-Text omit For.
NU-Text and M-Text omit another from.
NU-Text and M-Text omit of the earth and.
M-Text reads Megiddo.

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