15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in [G: by] them is filled up [GBT: fulfilled] the wrath of God.

15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass [GBT: glassy sea (2x)] mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over [GBT: of (4x)] the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand [T: stood] on [G: at] the sea of glass [GBT: glassy sea], having the harps of God.

15:3 And they sing [GT: sung; B: sang] the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou [GT: omit] King of saints.     qtext

15:4 Who shall not fear thee [T: omits], O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for [GBT: and] all nations [BT: gentiles] shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened [GBT: was open in heaven] :

15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having [GBT: which had] the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white [GBT: bright] linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever [GBT: which liveth for evermore].

15:8 And the temple was filled with [GBT: full of the] smoke from [GBT: of (2x)] the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.     qtext

(Rev 15:2-4) GF5: 134; IP2: 3

(Rev 15:3) GF7: 133 [138], 255 [233]; DGA 207; LB (H23); IP2: 497; IPL 40f; EQ 403; HPS 147

(Rev 15:3f) IP3: 399

(Rev 15:4) IP3: 143

(Rev 15:6) LB (F41)

(Rev 15:8) GF7: 292 [249]


(Rev 15:3)

[Other texts citing Rev 15:3: GF7:133 (under Rev 1:5), GF7:255 (Rev 11:8)]

(Rev 15:8)

GF7:292: [Rev 15:8, see under Rev 9:2]


16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the [G: the seven; BT: your] vials of the wrath of God [BT: wrath] upon the earth.     qtext

16:2 And the first [B: +angel] went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore [BT: a sore botch] upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.     qtext

[cf Rev 14:9]

16:3 And the second angel poured [BT: shed] out his vial upon the sea; and it became as [BT: turned as it were into] the blood of a dead man: and every living soul [GBT: thing] died in the sea.

16:4 And the third angel poured [BT: shed] out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became [BT: turned to] blood.     qtext

16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters [T: an angel] say, Thou art righteous [G: just; BT: righteous and holy], O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be [BGT: omit], because thou hast judged thus [G: judged these things; BT: given such judgments].

16:6 For they have shed [BT: +out] the blood of saints and prophets, and [GBT: +therefore] thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.     qtext

16:7 And I heard another out of the altar [G: sanctuary] say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power [G: it] was given unto him to scorch [G: torment; BT: vex] men with [GBT: +heat of] fire.

16:9 And men were scorched with [GB: boiled in; T: raged in] great heat, and blasphemed [T: spake evil of] the name of God, which hath [T: had] power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.     qtext

16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat [G: throne] of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness [GBT: waxed dark]; and they gnawed their tongues for pain [GBT; sorrow],     qtext

16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of [GBT: for] their pains and [B: their sorrow and for; T: sorrow and pain of] their sores, and repented not of their deeds [G: works].     qtext

(Rev 16) GF4:100; JN1: 529; IP2: 93; IP3: 66

(Rev 16:1) GF3: 549; GF7: 98 [91]; MFU 86; EQ 159

(Rev 16:2-7) GF5: 134

(Rev 16:2) GF7: 27 [19]; IP3: 141

(Rev 16:4-6) MFU 86

(Rev 16:6) GF4: 241; GF7: 262 [239]; JN3: 586 (MS)

(Rev 16:6f) LB (H2)

(Rev 16:8-11) GF5: 357

(Rev 16:8) JN2: 8

(Rev 16:9-11) IP1: 174

(Rev 16:10-14) GFEJ 74

(Rev 16:10) GF7: 29 [22]; MFS 15; JN2: 76; HPS 192

(Rev 16:10f) GF6: 266; WDS 84 (FE);

(Rev 16:11) MFS 38; IP2: 21


(Rev 16)

GF4:100: [Rev 16, see under Mat 3:10]

(Rev 16:1)

[Other texts citing Rev 16:1: GF7:98 (under Rev 10:3), EQ 159 (John 8:46)]

MFU 86 (1664): now is the vials pouring forth [Rev 16:1], and the lord comes as a thief in the night. [2 Pet 3:10] He that watcheth is blessed and keepeth his garments lest he walk naked and see his shame [Rev 16:15], the third angel is gone forth, which pours the vials upon the waters which doth become blood, and the righteousness of the Lord is appearing because he hath judged that, for they have shed the blood of the saints, and of the prophets, and he will give them blood to drink, for they are worthy [Rev 16:4-6]....

(Rev 16:2)

GF7:27 (1652): The beastly nature in man and woman hold up the beast, and his customs and worships; and the plagues of God are to be poured upon the beast, and all them that worship the beast and the false prophet [Rev 16:2].

(Rev 16:4-6)

MFU 86: [Rev 16:4-6, see under Rev 16:1]

(Rev 16:6)

GF4:241 (1660): this hath been the work of the man of sin, which the apostles discovered [2 Th 2:3]; we are come into the apostles' power which they were in, and by which we comprehend you who have done the man of sin's will, pope, papists, and Jesuits, priests, and thine, and the Lord reward you, as ye have drunk blood, he will give you blood to drink [Rev 16:6]; as ye have killed with the sword, so shall ye perish by the sword [Rev 13:10/Mat 26:52]....

(Rev 16:9-11)

IP1:174 (1659): Yea, it is this [contrary] spirit which is to fret under its pain and torment from the woes and plagues; but cannot repent, but passeth on with Babylon to ruin and destruction. Rev 16:9-11.

(Rev 16:10)

[Other texts citing Rev 16:10: MFS 15 (under Rev 16:19), HPS 192 (Mat 23:32)]

(Rev 16:10f)

WDS 83f (Francis Ellington, 1654): And now the Lord hath made the tidings out of the north to trouble the inhabitants of Babel [Dan 11:44], and it will more trouble them yet, it will make them gnaw their tongues for sorrow, and blaspheme the God of heaven, for their plagues shall be exceeding great [Rev 16:10f].

(Rev 16:11)

[Other texts citing Rev 16:11: IP2:21 (under Rev 18:7)]

MFS 38 (1660): So those teachers endeavour to limit [Psa 78:41] the Spirit of the living God [2 Cor 3:3] to times and persons, which cannot be limited, and say we must not look for it now, as in the apostle's time. We must look to the scripture and not to the Spirit for revelation. So [they] blaspheme the God of heaven [Rev 16:11], gainsay his truth and the revelation of the Son of God, who said the Father was a Spirit and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth [John 4:24].


16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was [BT: omit] dried up, that the way [BT: ways] of the kings of the east might [GBT: should] be prepared.     qtext

16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.     qtext

16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth [G: to go; BT: to go out] unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.     qtext

16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [BT: Happy] is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame [GBT: men see his filthiness] .     qtext

16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue [G: Hebrew] Armageddon.

16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great [G: loud; T omits] voice out of the temple of [T: omits] heaven, from the throne [T: seat], saying, It is done.     qtext

16:18 And there were [B: followed] voices, and thunders [GBT: thunderings] , and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great [G: omits].

16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.     qtext

16:20 And every island [GBT: isle] fled away, and the mountains were not found.

16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent [G: like talents; BT; as it had been talents]: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great [T: it was great and the plague of it sore].     qtext

(Rev 16:12) GF7: 252 [232]; JN2: 17

(Rev 16:12f) MFU 176; JN3: 548 (MF)

(Rev 16:13) GF3: 541; GF6: 454; GF7: 66 [50]; GFEJ 444; MFU 77, 432; JN2: 542; EQ 114 (JN)

(Rev 16:13f) GF3: 544

(Rev 16:13-15) GF5: 134; GF8: 273 [398]

(Rev 16:15) GF7: 81 [69]; MFU 86, 176; IP2: 101

(Rev 16:17-19) GF5: 134f

(Rev 16:17) GF7: 292 [249]; LB (E173)

(Rev 16:18) DGA 193

(Rev 16:19) DGA 192; LB (H3, H4); MFS 15; JN1: 395 (JA); IP1: 143; IP2: 21; HPS 181

(Rev 16:21) GF7: 98 [91]


(Rev 16:12)

GF7:252 (1664): The new life was in Adam that never fell, who was born in Bethlehem [Mat 2:1]. Beth is a house and lathem is bread, where the fulness is [Ezek 16:49?], who will dry up the river Euphrates with its froth [Rev 16:12], which hath run so up and down among the sons of Adam; that people may drink of him at the fountain, the water of life [Rev 21:6]....

JN2:17 (1655): Qu. 15. What and where that tongue of the Egyptian sea [Isa 11:15] and that river Euphrates is, which must be dried up that way may be made for the kings of the East [Rev 16:12]; and what are the seven streams thereof [Isa 11:15]?

(Rev 16:12f)

MFU 176 (1656): be tender of the truth which thou hast suffered for, which draws thine ear from unclean spirits which is like frogs which cometh out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet [Rev 16:13]. These was seen when the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates [Rev 16:12].

(Rev 16:13)

[Other texts citing (Rev 16:13) JN2:542 (John 5:38)]

GF6:454 (168-?): but since [the apostles'] days, amongst Papists and Protestants, the histories and the jails prove the priests stirring up to the persecuting, imprisoning, banishing, and putting to death of God's people. And have not the Jesuits and the priests been like the frogs, the unclean spirits that have gone out of the mouth of the beast and the false prophet? [Rev 16:13]

(Rev 16:13f)

GF8:273 (1684): John said, that he saw three unclean spirits like frogs, that came out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet [Rev 16:13]. Mark, they do go out of their mouths, for they are serpents and devils working miracles, that go out of their mouths, the foul unclean spirits which go forth unto the kings of the earth, and of the whole world. Mark, the whole world, to gather them together. Mark, to gather them; so here they are to be gathered to the battle of the great day of God Almighty [Rev 16:14].

(Rev 16:15)

[Other texts citing Rev 16:15: MFU 86 (under Rev 16:1)]

GF7: 81 (1654): So all walk in the wisdom of God, which is given into the pure heart, that none of your nakedness may appear, and men see your shame [Rev 3:18, 16:15]; but all wait in the spirit upon God the Father of spirits [Heb 12:9], to be clothed with his righteousness.

(Rev 16:17-19)

GF5: 134f (1675): [quotes Rev 16:17-19] Look, letter-professors, is not the the city divided into three parts, papists, protestants, and Turks? and see if ye have known this earthquake, lightning and thunders.

(Rev 16:17)

GF7:292: [Rev 16:17, see under Rev 9:2]

(Rev 16:19)

[Other texts citing Rev 16:19: IP2:21 (under Rev 18:7)]

MFS 15 (1660): Now the day is come that Babylon is come up in remembrance with the Lord [Rev 16:19]. The day of her judgments is come. The vials are pouring upon the seat and head of the beast [Rev 16:10]. The darkness is expelling.

JN1: 395f (John Audland, 1654): The trumpet of the Lord is sounded, his sword shall be made fat with slaughter [Isa 34:6], and there shall be no peace to the wicked [Isa 48:22]; the beast and the false prophet shall be cast into the lake of fire [Rev 19:20]; great Babylon is come into remembrance before the Lord [Rev 16:19], strong is the Lord that judgeth her [Rev 18:8], she must have double for all her sins [Rev 18:6], she must drink of the cup of fury [Jer 25:25] and indignation [Rev 14:10] from the hand of the Lord, for she hath made all nations drunk with the wine of her fornication [Rev 17:2]....

(Rev 16:21)

GF7:98: [Rev 16:21, see under Rev 10:3]


17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither [GBT: omit] ; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:     qtext

17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and [T: so that] the inhabitants [BT: inhabiters] of the earth have been made drunk [GBT: are drunken] with the wine of her fornication.     qtext

[Rev 17:2,4 cf Jer 51:7]

17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet [T: rose] coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having [GBT: which had] seven heads and [T: omits] ten horns.     qtext

17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet [T: rose] colour, and decked [G: gilded] with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup [GBT: and had a cup of gold] in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:     qtext

(Rev 17:1) GF4: 236; DGA 78; MFU 59; IP1: 169; IP2: 124; HPS 93

(Rev 17:1f) IP1: 52; IP2: 100

(Rev 17:2-4) GF8: 129 [337]; IP1: 394; IP3: 516

(Rev 17:2) GF3: 214; GF7: 103 [100], 165 [172]; GF8: 167 [359]; GFT 77, 180, 223; MFS 15, 33; MFU 79; JN1: 396 (JA); IP1: 61, 140, 156, 184, 231, 389, 392, 397, 420; IP2: 122, 161, 426; IP3: 398; IP4: 57, 432; WPR 302

(Rev 17:2f) GF7: 261 [239]; IP1: 156; IP3: 53

(Rev 17:3-5) GF8:184f; MFS 70

(Rev 17:3) GF5: 356; GF7: 127 [131]; GF8: 56 [306]; GFEJ 75; MFS 86; MFU 78; JN2: 18; IP1: 167, 395; WPR 30, 160

(Rev 17:3f) GF7: 255 [233]; IP4: 55f

(Rev 17:4-6) GF6: 158; GF8: 260 [397]; MFU 79; IP1: 296; IP3: 398

(Rev 17:4) MFS 15, 20; MFU 68; JN3: 411; IP1: 166, 183f, 393; IP2: 2, 18, 122; IP3: 116, 121, 398; WPR 143


(Rev 17:1)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:1: GF4:236 (1 Pet 1:23), MFU 59 (under Rev 12:1), IP1:169 (Rev 11:19)]

IP2:124 (1660): Now though the Lord hath suffered this false church and false prophet to reign long in the dragon's power, and to revile and worry his poor lambs, in every age of antichrist's reign; yet the Lord hath appointed a season to judge this false church, Rev 17:1, to cast the false prophet into the lake. Rev 19:20. Yea, and to torment with fire and brimstone, all the false worshippers. Rev 14:9-11.

(Rev 17:2)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:2: JN1:396 (under Rev 16:19)]

GF8:167 (1679): So all eyes are to look up to heaven for this bread of life, which giveth them life [John 6:35]; and not below heaven; for neither are they to follow them that cry, "Lo, it is here," and "lo, there" [Mat 24:23]; or to drink of their cup that are whored from the spirit of God [Rev 17:2], nor to eat of their leavened bread [1 Cor 5:8]; for they that do believe in the Light [John 12:36], which is the life in Christ [John 1:4], are grafted into him the true vine [John 15:1].

IP1: 230f (1659): The Spirit that rose up in the life, against the death and corruption whereof Popery wholly consisted, was a good Spirit; and this Spirit would pass through all forms, till it meet with the life. It is the other spirit that says to thee, Thou hast gone far enough; and so tempts thee to stay by the way [Mat 13:19]. And he who hearkens to this spirit, and stays any where by the way, is caught with the old whore in a new dress, and is drinking the cup of fornication afresh [Rev 17:2].

IP2: 426 (1666): And as [the antichrist] shows himself as God [2 Th 2:4], so doth he not also show forth his church as God's church? Yea, it goes on in the world as God's. All that drink of his spouse's cup take it to be so; who are many great ones, even kings and inhabitants of the earth [Rev 17:2], peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues [Rev 17:15].

(Rev 17:2f)

IP1:156: [Rev 17:2f, see under Rev 13:5f]

(Rev 17:3-5)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:3-5: GF8: 184f (Gen 11:1-9)]

(Rev 17:3)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:3: GF5:356 (under Rev 18:23f), GF8:56 (Rev 13:2f), MFU 78 (Rev 13:11), IP1:167 (Rev 12:17), WPR 160 (confl Rev 13:4)]

(Rev 17:4)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:4: IP3:398 (under Rev 13:4)]

IP1:393 (1660): When a Babylonish building or way of worship is discovered, man would fain have another ready, to put in the place of it so soon as it is pulled down. Thus man's wisdom would order it, but the Lord will not have it so; but there must be a season of desolation, of stripping, of nakedness, of being unclothed of all the purple and scarlet dye of Babylon [Rev 17:4]. A pulling off of the ornaments of all the knowledge, worship, ordinances, duties, experiences, &c., which are held and practised out of the pure life. And in this state of misery and sore distress, the Lord lays the foundations of the new heavens, and of the new earth [Rev 21:1], in the spirits of his people; which, when it is finished, then at length he saith to Sion, "Thou art my people." [Isa 51:16]

WPR 143 (1695): O this is the golden cup of the whore [Rev 17:4], that is gone from the leadings of the Spirit; have nothing to do with it.


17:5 And upon [GBT: in] her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT [GBT: A mystery, (G: +that) Great Babylon], THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS [G: whoredoms; BT: whoredom] AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.     qtext

17:6 And I saw the woman drunken [T: wife drunk] with the blood of the saints, and [T: omits] with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration [GBT: marvel].     qtext

17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel [GBT: marvelest thou]? I will tell [GBT: shew] thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth [GBT: beareth] her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

17:8 The beast that thou sawest [G: hast seen; BT: seest] was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and [GBT: +shall] go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were [GBT: are] not written in the book of life from the foundation [BT: beginning] of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is [T: omits].     qtext

[may be confl w Rev 21:27]

(Rev 17:5) GF3: 214, 541; GF4: 236; GF5: 356; GF7: 103 [100], 130 [132], 179 [189], 185 [194], 266 [240]; GF8: 41 [291]; GFT 87; MFS 15; MFU 214; JN1: 396 (JA); IP1: 143, 149, 169, 187, 265, 268; IP2: 281, 426, 431; IP3: 120; HPS 378f, 424 (EB); WPR 160, 571f; WPT 350

(Rev 17:5f) GF3: 112; GF7: 42 [34]

(Rev 17:6) GF3: 520; GF5: 214; GFEJ 437; DG191; MFS 70; JN3: 586 (MS); WDS 294; IP1: 25, 167, 351, 395; IP2: 19, 123, 155, 161, 432; IP4: 56; HPS 92; WPR 30 [cf Acts 22:20]

(Rev 17:8) GF6: 159, 265; GF8: 232 [285]; EQ 303


(Rev 17:5)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:5: GF4:236 (under 1 Pet 1:23, Rev 17:1), GF5:356 (Rev 18:23f), GF7:130 (Rev 3:1-3), GF7:179 (Rev 21:2), IP1:169 (Rev 11:19), HPS 424 (Gen 49:23f), WPR 160 (Rev 6:9), WPR 571/WPT 350 (Rev 13:16)]

GF8:41 (1672): And the elder women in the truth were not only called elders, but mothers. Now a mother in the church of Christ, and a mother in Israel [Judg 5:7], is one that gives suck, and nourishes, and feeds, and washes, and rules, and is a teacher, in the church, and in the Israel of God [Gal 6:16], and an admonisher, an instructer, an exhorter. So all that are come to that office, growth, and stature, be diligent; for a mother in Israel, or in the church of Christ, is beyond all the mothers in Egypt, and in Sodom, and the mother of harlots, mystery Babylon [Rev 17:5], who had power over tongues, nations, and people [Rev 13:7] with the cup of her fornication. [Continued under 1 Pet 2:2]

IP1:143f (1659): [Babylon] is a spiritual city, a mystical city, a city built by the working of the mystery of iniquity [2 Th 2:7], whereupon it is called mystery [Rev 17:5]. It is not a city of plain wickedness, but a city of sin hid; of sin keeping its life under a covering, under a form of godliness [2 Tim 3:5]; of sin reigning in the heart under zeal, under devotion, under praying, worshipping, believing, hoping, waiting, &c. Where sin lies hidden within under these, there is Babylon; there is the painted throne of Satan; there is spiritual Egypt and Sodom [Rev 11:8], where the Lord of life is daily crucified [Acts 3:15GB].

HPS 378f (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): ... the papists say, their church is infallible (which ye yourselves affirm to be no true church; so not the spouse of Christ, but the Mother of Harlots, and all abominations of the earth [Rev 17:5]) ....

HPS 424 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): And when your idols are utterly destroyed, then shall you be joined to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall never be broken: And here will your bow abide in strength [Gen 49:24], wherewith you shall shoot at Mystery Babylon [Rev 17:5], and see her falling down; yea, though her archers may shoot sorely at you, yet they shall not be able to hurt you.... [Gen 49:23]

(Rev 17:5f)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:5f: GF3:112 (under Mat 7:15)]

GF7:42 (1653): This is the harlot, who dresseth herself with the words that proceeded from the light, who persecuteth them that dwell in the light, who drinketh the blood of the saints [Rev 17:6] who dwell in the life which gave forth the scriptures. And with the words that proceeded from the light doth she clothe herself, and is harlotted from the life; and all that she brings forth, is contrary to the light. So she is called the mother of harlots [Rev 17:5].

(Rev 17:6)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:6: WDS 294 (under Rev 18:24), IP1:25 (Rev 13:15f)]

IP1:351 (1660): Consider ... whether the persecuting spirit did not take its advantage of assaulting you, upon your getting from under the cross here, into New England; and whether it did not soon find a place in you there, and grow up in you, and bring you from step to step to that degree of hardness, that ye could at length even drink the blood of the saints [Rev 17:6].

(Rev 17:8)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:8: GF6:159 (under Rev 20:15), GF8: 232 (Rev 2:17)]


17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.     qtext

17:10 And there are seven kings: [BT: They are also...; to 17:9] five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short [T: omits] space.

17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition [GBT: shall go into destruction] .

17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest [T: seest] are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet [G: yet have not received a kingdom]; but [GBT: +shall] receive power as kings one hour with the beast.     qtext

17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength [G: authority] unto the beast.     qtext

17:14 These shall make war [GBT fight] with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [GBT: on his side] are called, and chosen, and faithful.     qtext

[cf Rev 13:7, Dan 7:19-22; Rev 19:16]

(Rev 17:9) HSM*

(Rev 17:12-14) GF7: 46 [38]; IP2: 92

(Rev 17:12) GF6: 449

(Rev 17:12f) IP1: 144

(Rev 17:13) IP2: 99; EQ 156

(Rev 17:13f) IP2: 139

(Rev 17:14-17) GF5: 135

(Rev 17:14) GF4: 228, 241; GF5: 206; GF6: 49; GF7: 10 [Tes], 20 [9], 53 [43], 93 [81], 99 [91], 100 [92], 104 [101], 110 [110], 133 [138], 136 [142], 157 [169], 186f [195], 202 [206], 207 [207], 208 [208], 216 [215], 241 [227], 255 [233], 256 [234], 259 [239], 278 [245], 295 [249], 305 [252], 342 [264]; GF8: 63 [311], 73 [314], 83 [317], 130 [338,339], 143 [345, 346], 217 [378], 277 [400]; GFEJ 75, 223, 261; EQ 111, 114 (JN), 294 (GF); MFS 77; MFU 23, 32, 75, 162, 214, 224, 283, 351,377, 417; JN1: 12; 40 (JL), 109; 270 (GF), 482; JN2 569; WDS 111, 164; IP1: 51, 266, 318; IP2: 21, 162, 311; IP3: 200, 222, 508; IP4: 411; HPS 93; 455 (MF)


(Rev 17:9)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:9: HSM (Gen 11:1-9)]

(Rev 17:12-14)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:12-24: IP2:92 (under Luk 18:8)]

GF7:46 (1653): The beast, which made war with the lamb and the saints, the lamb hath got the victory over the beast, and the ten horns which pushed at him [Rev 17:12-14/Dan 7:19-22]

(Rev 17:12f)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:12f: GF6:449. IP1:144 (under Rev 17:15-18)]

(Rev 17:13f)

IP2:139 (1659) [continued from under Rev 13:2] And then the kings or powers of the earth, who gave their strength to the beast [Rev 17:13] (helping him to cause men to worship [Rev 13:15]), waking war with the Lamb [Rev 17:14] and his suffering saints [Rev 13:7] by their laws, whips, prisons, fines, &c., shall be overcome by him, who fighteth against them with "the Spirit of his mouth" [Rev 2:16/Eph 6:17] and by his "truth, meekness, and righteousness" [Psa 45:4f], which shines in the hearts and conversations of his "called, faithful and chosen" [Rev 17:14].

(Rev 17:14)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:14: GF6:49 (John 3:18), GF7:93 (John 14:2), GF7:133 (under Rev 13:7), GF7:157 (Mat 8:26a), GF7:186f (John 1:3), GF7:259 (Heb 9:26), GF8:277f (John 8:32), MFS 77 (Rev 22:17), MFU 377 (Rev 18:10), MFU 350f (Rev 19:14), JN1:482 (Rev 12:7), JN2:569 (Rev 12:5), IP3:222 (John 18:37), EQ 114 (Rev 11:15)]

GF5:206 (1676): [quotes Rev 17:14 and 19:19] Now I query this of you: how do they make war against Christ, the Lamb of God, seeing he is risen? ... I would know of you, how the beast and his followers make war with the Lamb, if it be not against his light, and against his life, and against his spirit in his people, by calling him in his life, and light and spirit, natural, and of the devil, and a false christ, &c.?

GF7:216 (1661): And let your backs and cheeks be ready to the smiters [Isa 50:6]; that ye may overcome the evil with the good, and may heap coals of fire upon their heads [Rom 12:20f]. For it is the good that overcomes the evil, and the lamb that hath the victory [Rev 17:14]; the rough goat must not [Dan 8:21].

GF7:305 (1667): And so be valiant for the truth upon the earth [Jer 3:9], ... showing the new life to them that be in the old, and a new conversation to them that be in the vain, and gentleness to all the perverse, and straightness to all the crooked, and plainness to all the rough, and lowliness to all the mountains of ungodliness and unrighteousness [Isa 40:4]; for the Lamb must have the victory [Rev 17:14].

MFU 224 (1657): My dear brethren, who are the dearly beloved of my Father, elected before the foundation of the world was [Eph 1:4], and are now chosen & called for to be faithful to the Lamb, who is now at war, & shall have the victory [Rev 17:14], in whose battle ye are now engaged to fight under his banner & to follow the Lamb wherever he goes [Rev 14:4].

IP2:311 (1662): Now the Lord is gathering his true seed ... out of all dead forms of all kinds, into his living truth, and into the true, spiritual worship [John 4:23f]; and who is he that shall be able to stop him herein? Let him consider his strength, who girds himself to the battle against him; for not by might, nor by the power of man, but by the Spirit of life [Zech 4:6] in his called, faithful, chosen [Rev 17:14] and innocent lambs, will the Lord of glory [1 Cor 2:8] carry on his work in the world.

IP3:200 (1671): Indeed, the opposition will be very great, but consider who shall have the victory, see Rev 17:14. Certainly it is true, and sealed by the Spirit of the Lord, that patience, meekness, innocency, love, righteousness, &c., shall at length overcome all unrighteousness, enmity, oppression, cruelty, wrath, &c., and that spirit from which they proceed; and as they are overcome, and when they are overcome, the Lamb's Spirit shall reign and shine in the glory of the Father.

EQ 111 (James Nayler, 1658): Many other grounds there be that bring not fruit to perfection [Luke 8:14], who are not faithful to him that has called them therein; so that now the truth is, that many are called but few chosen faithful [Mat 20:16/Rev 17:14].


17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes [BT: folk], and nations, and tongues.     qtext

17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these [GBT: are they that] shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.     qtext

17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and [GBT: do with one consent for to] give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

(Rev 17:15-18) GF6: 449; IP1:144

(Rev 17:15) GFJN 33f; ;GF3: 107, 138; GF4: 179, 227; GF6: 389; GF7: 103 [100], 243 [229], 290 [249]; DGA 78, 192; IP1: 24, 183, 420; IP2: 122, 426; IP3: 120; WPR 28

(Rev 17:16) GF6: 158; GF7: 29 [22], 262 [239]; GFT 180; JN2: 463; IP1: 171, 188, 232, 253; IP2: 21, 162; IP3: 45, 121, 123, 347; IP4: 56f

(Rev 17:16f) IP1: 144, 184


(Rev 17:15-18)

GF6:449 (168-?): And this whore, or false church, sitteth, or rideth upon peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues, which are called waters [Rev 17:15]. So she makes peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues, like Balaam's ass [Num 22:21f], and these ten horns of the beast are ten kings, which received power from the dragon [Rev 17:12]; and these ten horns or ten kings should hate the whore, or false church, and make her desolate, and burn her with fire [Rev 17:16], which is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth [Rev 17:18]. So these ten kings ... will not then suffer her to reign over them [Luke 19:14], and ride upon them like Balaam upon his ass.

IP1:144 (1659): The woman, which is this city [Rev 17:18], "sat upon peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Rev 17:15. She sat upon them as queen, as princess, guiding them in their knowledge and worship of the king of Babylon. And those that once hated her, and made war with her, and burnt her flesh with fire [Rev 17:16f], she cozened them with a new paint, and got them into her new bed of fornication, and made them worship the king of Babylon again [Rev 17:12f], and there they lay committing whoredom with her, till the time of her last burning and utter deslolation; but then they forsook her, for fear of her torment, when they saw the smoke of her burning [Rev 18:9f].

(Rev 17:15)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:15: GF3:107 (Gen 8:9) GF3:138 (under Luk 23:38), GF6:389 (Rev 13:7), IP2:426 (Rev 17:2)]

GF7:243 (1663): the hope that is the anchor, both sure and steadfast, anchors the soul [Heb 6:19] in the great sea, the world, when the leviathan [Isa 27:1] maketh a storm, among the tongues, peoples, nations, and languages, which are as waters [Rev 17:15]; then the true hope standeth and stayeth, and is sure and steadfast, and keeps the soul up to God, atop of the sea, when the false hope of the hypocrite sinks therein [Job 8:13], which are the waters, and it goes over them, and in it they are swallowed up.

GF7:290 (1667): [289-91 is a long passage arguing that Hebrew and Greek were not the original languages; see quotes under Gen 5:24, 5:29, 10:8-10]: ... And John, that gave forth the revelations, saith, "that the whore and beast set upon tongues [Rev 17:15]," &c. "and the everlasting gospel must be preached again to all kindreds and tongues [Rev 14:6]" : which was before Babel was, where was the beginning of tongues. [more under Gen 11:1-9]

IP1:23 (1658): People, multitudes, nations, tongues, have been all waters; weak, unstable, without any foundation in religion, but fit to be swayed and tossed up and down with every wind or breath of the whore, of whose cup they had all drunk, and by whose spirit they were all guided; for "the whore sat upon them." Rev 17:15.

WPR 28 (1668): Jehovah, the everlasting power, that spans out the heavens with his span, and measures the waters in the hollow of his hand [Isa 40:12], before whom all nations, tongues, and people are less than the drop of the ocean [Isa 40:15/Rev 17:15]....

(Rev 17:16)

[Other texts citing Rev 17:16: JN2:463 (under Rev 18:3), IP1:188 (Rev 18:10), IP2:21 (Rev 18:7)]

IP1:171 (1659): All her conversions of people to God, as she calls them, shall come to nothing; yea, and if she have any more dresses, or secret coverings, wherein she would appear like the church again, and bring forth again; yet she and her children shall immediately be discovered, her flesh burnt with fire [Rev 17:16], and her children dashed against the stones [Psa 137:9].

IP2:123 (1668): Have ye witnessed the effects of the great and terrible day of the Lord (Joel 2:11) in your spirits? Is antichrist destroyed, the whore burnt, fleshed consumed [Rev 17:16], man ceased from [Isa 2:22], both within and without?


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