Revelation 12:9
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New International Version
The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

New Living Translation
This great dragon--the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world--was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.

English Standard Version
And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

New American Standard Bible
And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

King James Bible
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the great dragon was thrown out--the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him.

International Standard Version
The 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.

NET Bible
So that huge dragon--the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world--was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the great Dragon was cast down, that Chief Serpent, which is called The Devil and Satan, which deceives all The Earth, and it was cast down unto The Earth and its Angels were cast down with it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The huge serpent was thrown down. That ancient snake, named Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, was thrown down to earth. Its angels were thrown down with it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the great dragon was cast out, the serpent of old, who is called Devil and the Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

King James 2000 Bible
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

American King James Version
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

American Standard Version
And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Darby Bible Translation
And the great dragon was cast out, the ancient serpent, he who is called Devil and Satan, he who deceives the whole habitable world, he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

English Revised Version
And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out upon the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Weymouth New Testament
The great Dragon, the ancient serpent, he who is called 'the Devil' and 'the Adversary' and leads the whole earth astray, was hurled down: he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

World English Bible
The great dragon was thrown down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Young's Literal Translation
and the great dragon was cast forth -- the old serpent, who is called 'Devil,' and 'the Adversary,' who is leading astray the whole world -- he was cast forth to the earth, and his messengers were cast forth with him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:7-11 The attempts of the dragon proved unsuccessful against the church, and fatal to his own interests. The seat of this war was in heaven; in the church of Christ, the kingdom of heaven on earth. The parties were Christ, the great Angel of the covenant, and his faithful followers; and Satan and his instruments. The strength of the church is in having the Lord Jesus for the Captain of their salvation. Pagan idolatry, which was the worship of devils, was cast out of the empire by the spreading of Christianity. The salvation and strength of the church, are only to be ascribed to the King and Head of the church. The conquered enemy hates the presence of God, yet he is willing to appear there, to accuse the people of God. Let us take heed that we give him no cause to accuse us; and that, when we have sinned, we go before the Lord, condemn ourselves, and commit our cause to Christ as our Advocate. The servants of God overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, as the cause. By the word of their testimony: the powerful preaching of the gospel is mighty, through God, to pull down strong holds. By their courage and patience in sufferings: they loved not their lives so well but they could lay them down in Christ's cause. These were the warriors and the weapons by which Christianity overthrew the power of pagan idolatry; and if Christians had continued to fight with these weapons, and such as these, their victories would have been more numerous and glorious, and the effects more lasting. The redeemed overcame by a simple reliance on the blood of Christ, as the only ground of their hopes. In this we must be like them. We must not blend any thing else with this.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; cast down (Revised Version); the whole inhabited earth (Revised Version, margin). "The dragon:" so called, because he is the destroyer (see on ver. 3). "The ancient serpent," as he was revealed in Genesis 3. So in John 8:44 he is "the destroyer from the beginning." "The devil" (Διάβολος) is the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Satan, שָׂמָן, "the accuser, the adversary;" reference is made in ver. 10 to the signification of the name, "The Deceiver." Wordsworth says, "The deceits by which Satan cheated the world in oracles, sorcery, soothsaying, magic, and other frauds, are here specially noticed. These were put to flight by the power of Christ and of the Holy Ghost, in the preaching of the gospel by the apostles and others in the first ages of Christianity. Our Lord himself, speaking of the consequence of the preaching of the seventy disciples, reveals the spiritual struggle and the victory: 'I was beholding Satan as lightning fall from heaven' (Luke 10:17, 18)." He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him; cast down to the earth, etc. (Revised Version). "To the earth" in a twofold sense:

(1) the phrase is a description of the loss of dignity and power on the part of Satan, in being cast to earth as opposed to heaven;

(2) earth is the scene of his future operations, where he may still in some degree sustain the struggle against God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the great dragon was cast out,.... From heaven, or from power and authority in the Roman empire, namely, the devil, where he had long presided; it is observable that Constantine himself speaks of "the dragon" being removed from the government of the commonwealth by the providence of God, and by the ministry, or means of him (m); and he had his own effigies on a table placed before the porch of his palace, with the cross over his head, and a dragon under his feet thrust through with darts, and falling headlong (n);

the old serpent; who is so called, because, of old, from the beginning, almost as soon as the world was, he appeared in the form of a serpent, or rather made use of it as an instrument and means, by which he seduced Eve, and so brought on the ruin of mankind, it is very usual with the Jews to call the devil , "the old serpent" (o); wherefore John uses this phrase as a known one, to explain who was meant by the great dragon:

called the devil and Satan; the first of these names signifies an accuser, and a forger of calumnies, and such is the old serpent; he accuses God to men, as if he was envious of their happiness, as in the case of our first parents, and of men to God, of which there is an instance in the case of Job; and hence he is in Revelation 12:10 called the accuser of the brethren; and the latter of them signifies an enemy, one that is filled with hatred and enmity to God and Christ, and to his church and people, whose adversary he is said to be, and at whose right hand he stands to resist, as he did Joshua the high priest:

which deceiveth the whole world; which he did by deceiving our first parents, from whom all mankind spring, and in whose loins they were when they were deceived; so the Jews say (p) of the old serpent, that , "he deceives the whole world"; and so he deceived and corrupted the old world before the flood; and so he seduces every age and generation of men in the world; but here the Roman empire, sometimes called all the world, as in Luke 2:1, is meant, whom Satan deceived by drawing it into idolatry and superstition;

he was cast out into the earth; he was cast out of the Roman empire, from the rule of it, and worship in it, the Heathen gods and Heathen emperors being no more; when he possessed and instigated, and influenced the Huns, Goths, and Vandals, a meaner and baser sort of people, hereafter in this chapter called the earth, which is said to help the woman, contrary to the intention of Satan; the phrase denotes the greatness of the fall of Satan, his loss of power, and the meanness and low estate of the persons he afterwards had the power of, both the savage people before mentioned, and the antichristian party:

and his angels were cast out with him; the Heathen emperors, magistrates, priests, and other votaries of his, which he made use of as instruments to do his will.

(m) Euseb. de Vita Constantini, l. 2. c. 46. (n) Ib. l. 3. c. 3.((o) T. Bab. Sota, fol. 9. 2. & Sanhedrin, fol. 29. 1. Imre Binah in Zohar in Gen. fol. 3. 1. & 15. 2. & passim, Raya Mehimna in Zohar in Exod. fol. 50. 1. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 7. 3. & 8. 2. & 26. 3. & 46. 1. & Caphtor, fol. 101. 2.((p) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 13. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. that old serpent—alluding to Ge 3:1, 4.

Devil—the Greek, for "accuser," or "slanderer."

Satan—the Hebrew for "adversary," especially in a court of justice. The twofold designation, Greek and Hebrew, marks the twofold objects of his accusations and temptations, the elect Gentiles and the elect Jews.

world—Greek, "habitable world."

Revelation 12:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The War in Heaven
8and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

Job 1:9
"Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied.

Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Matthew 25:41
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Luke 10:18
He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

John 12:31
Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Revelation 12:3
Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.

Revelation 12:8
But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.

Revelation 12:12
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."

Revelation 12:15
Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.

Revelation 13:14
Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Revelation 20:2
He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:3
He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Revelation 20:8
and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth--Gog and Magog--and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.
Treasury of Scripture

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

the great.

Revelation 12:3,7 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red …

Luke 10:18 And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world …

that.

Revelation 12:14,15 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she …

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, …

Genesis 3:1,4,13 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which …

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall …

Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat …

the Devil.

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet …

Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth …

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great …

Matthew 4:1,5,8 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted …

Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of …

Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then comes the devil, and …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

1 Timothy 3:6,7 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation …

Hebrews 2:14 For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, …

1 John 3:8-10 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the …

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed …

and Satan.

Revelation 2:9,13,24 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) …

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they …

1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

Job 1:6-12 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves …

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves …

Psalm 109:6 Set you a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

Zechariah 3:1,2 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel …

Matthew 4:10 Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, …

Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan …

Luke 22:3,31 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number …

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. …

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant …

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

deceiveth.

Revelation 13:14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles …

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you…

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

Revelation 20:3,8,10 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a …

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried …

2 Thessalonians 2:3,9-11 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, …

1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the …

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and …

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

he was.

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to …

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the middle …

Luke 10:18 And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world …

into.

Job 1:7 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? Then Satan answered …

Job 2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? And Satan answered …

Isaiah 14:12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how …

Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat …

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

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