Revelation 12
International Standard Version

The Vision of a Woman Dressed with the Sun

1A spectacular sign appeared in the sky: a woman dressed with the sun, who had the moon under her feet and a victor’s crown of twelve stars on her head. 2She was pregnant and was crying out from her labor pains, the agony of giving birth.

The Vision of the Red Dragon

3Then another sign appeared in the sky: a huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven royal crowns on its heads. 4Its tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky and knocked them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that it could devour her child when it was born. 5She gave birth to a son, a boy, who is to rulea all the nations with an iron scepter. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne. 6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where a place had been prepared for her by God so that she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

The Vision of War in Heaven

7Then a war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels fought back. 8But it was not strong enough, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The huge dragon was hurled down. That ancient serpent, called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, was hurled down to the earth, along with its angels.

The Vision of the Cry of Victory

10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say,

“Now the salvation, the power,

the kingdom of our God,

and the authority of his Messiahb have come.

For the one who accuses our brothers,

who accuses them day and night

in the presence of our God,

has been thrown out.

11Our brothersc conquered him by the blood of the lamb

and by the word of their testimony,

for they did not cling to their lives

even in the face of death.

12So be glad, heavens, and those who live in them!

How terrible it is for the earth and the sea,

because the Devil has come down to you, filled with rage,

knowing that his time is short!”

The Vision of Persecution of the Woman and Her Children

13When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursuedd the woman who had given birth to the boy. 14However, the woman was given the two wings of a large eagle so that she could fly away from the serpent to her place in the wilderness, where she could be taken care of for a time, times, and half a time. 15From its mouth the serpent spewed water like a river behind the woman in order to sweep her away with the flood. 16But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed from its mouth. 17The dragon became angry with the woman and went away to do battle against the rest of her children, the ones who keep God’s commandments and hold on to the testimony about Jesus. [18] Then the dragone stood on the sand of the seashore.f


Footnotes:
a 12:5 Or shepherd
b 12:10 Or Christ
c 12:11 Lit. They
d 12:13 Or persecuted
e 12:18 Lit. Then it; other mss. read Then I
f 12:18 Some translations include this sentence within 12:17; other translations include this sentence as part of 13:1.



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