- ¶ AND as I stood on the sand of the shore, I saw a wild beast rise up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads blasphemous words.
- And the wild beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion;
and the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
- And one of his heads was as though mortally wounded;
but his deadly wound was healed;
and all the world wondered about the wild beast.
- And they worshipped the dragon because he had given power to the wild beast, saying, Who can prevail against him to fight him?
- And there was given to him a mouth, that he might utter boastful things and blasphemies;
and power was given to him to make war for forty and two months.
- And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name and his dwelling place and those who dwell in heaven.
- And power was given to him over every tribe and kindred and tongue and nation, and it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.
- And all who dwell upon the earth shall worship him, even those whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
- If any man has ears, let him hear.
- He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity;
he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
- ¶ And I beheld another wild beast coming up out of the earth;
and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.
- And all the power of the first wild beast before him was exercised by him, and he caused the earth and those who dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
- And he performed great wonders, to such an extent that he could even make fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
- Beguiling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
- And he had power to give life to the image of the wild beast, and to cause all those who would not worship the image of the wild beast to be killed.
- And he compelled all, both small and great, rich and poor, freemen and slaves to receive a mark on their right hands or on their brows.
- So that no man might buy or sell unless he who had the mark of the name of the beast or the code number of his name.
- Here is wisdom: Let him who has understanding decipher the code number of the beast;
for it is the code number of the name of a man;
and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.