Revelation 16
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The First Bowl

1Then I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary saying to the seven angels,aGo and pour out the sevenb bowlsc of God’s wrath on the earth.” 2The first went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and severely painful soresd, e broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

The Second Bowl

3The secondf poured out his bowl into the sea. It turned to blood like a dead man’s, and all lifeg in the sea died.h

The Third Bowl

4The thirdi poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood.j 5I heard the angel of the waters say:

You are righteous,

who is and who was,k the Holy One,l

for You have decided these things.

6Because they poured out

the blood of the saints and the prophets,m

You also gave them blood to drink;

they deserve it!n

7Then I heard someone from the altar say:

Yes, Lord God, the Almighty,

TRUE and righteous are Your judgments.o

The Fourth Bowl

8The fourthp poured out his bowl on the sun. Heq was given the powerr to burn people with fire, 9and people were burned by the intense heat. So they blasphemed the name of God,s who had the powert over these plagues, and they did not repent and give Him glory.u

The Fifth Bowl

10The fifthv poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast,w and his kingdom was plunged into darkness.x Peopley gnawed their tongues because of their pain 11and blasphemed the God of heavenz because of their pains and their sores, yet they did not repent of their actions.

The Sixth Bowl

12The sixthaa poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates,ab and its water was dried upac to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogsad coming from the dragon’s mouth,ae from the beast’s mouth,af and from the mouth of the false prophet.ag 14For they are spirits of demons performing signs,ah who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble themai for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty.aj

15“Look, I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothedak,al so that he may not go around naked and people see his shameam is blessed.”an

16So they assembled them at the place called in Hebrew, Armagedon.ao, ap, aq

The Seventh Bowl

17Then the seventhar poured out his bowl into the air,as and a loud voice came out of the sanctuaryat, au from the throne, saying, “It is done! ” 18There were flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder. And a severe earthquake occurred like no other since man has been on the earth — so great was the quake.av 19The great cityaw split into three parts, and the cities of the nationsax fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence; He gave her the cup filled with the wine of His fierce anger.ay 20Every island fled, and the mountains disappeared.az, ba 21Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds,bb fell from the sky on people, and they blasphemed Godbc for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.bd


Footnotes:
a. 16:1 Rv 8:2,6; 15:1,6-8
b. 16:1 Other mss omit seven
c. 16:1 Rv 17:1; 21:9
d. 16:2 Lit and a severely painful sore
e. 16:2 Ex 9:9-11; Dt 28:27,35; Jb 2:7; Is 1:6; Jr 30:12-17
f. 16:3 Other mss add angel
g. 16:3 Lit and every soul of life
h. 16:3 Rv 8:8-9
i. 16:4 Other mss add angel
j. 16:4 Ex 7:17-21
k. 16:5 Rv 11:17
l. 16:5 Is 5:19; 41:20; 45:11
m. 16:6 2Kg 9:7; Mt 23:30; Lk 11:50; Rv 17:6; 18:24
n. 16:6 Is 49:26
o. 16:7 Ps 19:9; Rv 19:2
p. 16:8 Other mss add angel
q. 16:8 Or It
r. 16:8 Or authority
s. 16:9 Lv 24:11; Is 52:5; Rm 2:24; 1Tm 6:1; Rv 13:6
t. 16:9 Or authority
u. 16:9 Rv 9:20-21
v. 16:10 Other mss add angel
w. 16:10 Rv 2:13; 13:2
x. 16:10 Ex 10:21
y. 16:10 Lit They
z. 16:11 Rv 13:6
aa. 16:12 Other mss add angel
ab. 16:12 Gn 2:14; 15:18; Dt 11:24; 1Kg 4:21; Rv 9:14
ac. 16:12 Ex 14:21-22,29; 15:19; Jos 2:10; 4:23; 5:1; 2Kg 2:8; Neh 9:11; Is 51:10
ad. 16:13 Ex 8:2-14; Lv 11:9-12,41-47
ae. 16:13 Rv 12:9
af. 16:13 Rv 13:1
ag. 16:13 Rv 13:11-17
ah. 16:14 2Th 2:9-10
ai. 16:14 1Kg 22:20-23; Mt 24:24; 2Th 2:10
aj. 16:14 Ezk 38-39; Jl 2:11; 3:2; Zch 14:2; Rv 19:11-21
ak. 16:15 Or and guards his clothes
al. 16:15 Lk 12:35-40; 1Th 5:2,6-8
am. 16:15 Rv 3:18
an. 16:15 Rv 1:3; 14:13; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7,14
ao. 16:16 Other mss read Armageddon ; other mss read Harmegedon ; other mss read Mageddon ; other mss read Magedon
ap. 16:16 Traditionally the hill of Megiddo, a great city that guarded the pass between the coast and the valley of Jezreel or Esdraelon; Jdg 5:19; 2Kg 9:27
aq. 16:16 Jdg 5:19; 2Kg 9:27; Ezk 38:8
ar. 16:17 Other mss add angel
as. 16:17 Or on the air
at. 16:17 Other mss add of heaven
au. 16:17 Is 66:6
av. 16:18 Ex 19:16-19; Rv 4:5; 8:5; 11:19
aw. 16:19 Rv 18:10,16,18,19,21
ax. 16:19 Or the Gentile cities
ay. 16:19 Rv 14:19; 19:15
az. 16:20 Lit mountains were not found
ba. 16:20 Ezk 38:20; Rv 6:14
bb. 16:21 Lit about a talent ; talents varied in weight upwards from 75 pounds
bc. 16:21 Rv 16:9,11
bd. 16:21 Jos 10:11; Ezk 38:22
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