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Revelation 17

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seue angels, which had the seuen vials, & talked with me, saying vnto me: Come, I wyll shewe vnto thee the iudgement of the great whore that sitteth vpon many waters: Revelation 17:2 With whom haue committed fornication the kynges of the earth, and the inhabiters of the earth are dronken with the wyne of her fornication.

A woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, with a golden cup in her hand, sitteth upon the beast,

Revelation 17:3 So he caryed me away in the spirite into the wildernesse: And I sawe a woman sit vpon a scarlet coloured beast, ful of names of blasphemie, which had seuen heades, and ten hornes. Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with golde, precious stone, and pearles, and had a cup of golde in her hande, full of abhominations and fylthynesse of her fornication.

which is great Babylon, the mother of all abominations.

Revelation 17:5 And in her forehead was a name written, a misterie, great Babylon, the mother of whoredome & abhominations of the earth. Revelation 17:6 And I sawe ye woman dronken with the blood of the martirs of Iesus: And when I sawe her, I wondred with great maruayle. Revelation 17:7 And the angell sayde vnto me: wherfore maruaylest thou? I wyll shewe thee the misterie of the woman, and of the beast that beareth her, which hath seuen heades, and ten hornes.

The punishment of the whore.

Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou seest, was, and is not, and shall ascende out of the bottomlesse pyt, and shall go into perdition, and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder (whose names are not written in the booke of lyfe from the begynnyng of the world) when they beholde the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The interpretation of the seven heads,

Revelation 17:9 And here is a mynde that hath wisdome. The seuen heades, are seuen mountaynes on whiche the woman sitteth: They are also seuen kynges. Revelation 17:10 Fyue are fallen, & one is, and another is not yet come: And whe he commeth, he must continue a short space. Revelation 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, is euen the eyght, and is one of the seuen, and shall go into destruction.

and the ten horns.

Revelation 17:12 And the ten hornes which thou sawest, are ten kynges, which haue receaued no kyngdome as yet: but shall receaue power as kynges at one houre with the beast. Revelation 17:13 These haue one mynde, and shal geue their power & strength vnto the beast.

The victory of the Lamb.

Revelation 17:14 These shall fyght with the lambe, and the lambe shall ouercome them: For he is Lorde of Lordes, and Kyng of Kynges, and they that are on his syde, are called, and chosen, and faythfull. Revelation 17:15 And he sayde vnto me: The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are people, and folke, & nations, and tongues. Revelation 17:16 And the ten hornes which thou sawest vpon the beast, are they that shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eate her fleshe, and burne her with fire. Revelation 17:17 For God hath put in their heartes to fulfyll his wyll, and to do with one consent, for to geue their kyngdome vnto the beast, vntyll the wordes of God be fulfylled. Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest, is that great citie which raigneth ouer the kynges of the earth.

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