Revelation 13:17
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New International Version
so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

New Living Translation
And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.

English Standard Version
so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.

New American Standard Bible
and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

King James Bible
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast's name or the number of his name.

International Standard Version
so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the mark, which is the beast's name or the number of its name.

NET Bible
Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast--that is, his name or his number.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That no one may buy or sell again except one who has the mark of the name of The Beast or the number of its name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast's name or the number of its name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and that no one might buy or sell, unless he has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of its name.

King James 2000 Bible
And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

American King James Version
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

American Standard Version
and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that no man might buy or sell, but he that hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Darby Bible Translation
and that no one should be able to buy or sell save he that had the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of its name.

English Revised Version
and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Webster's Bible Translation
And that no man might buy or sell, save him that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Weymouth New Testament
in order that no one should be allowed to buy or sell unless he had the mark--either the name of the Wild Beast or the number which his name represents.

World English Bible
and that no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark, the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Young's Literal Translation
and that no one may be able to buy, or to sell, except he who is having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:11-18 Those who understand the first beast to denote a worldly power, take the second to be also a persecuting and assumed power, which acts under the disguise of religion, and of charity to the souls of men. It is a spiritual dominion, professing to be derived from Christ, and exercised at first in a gentle manner, but soon spake like the dragon. Its speech betrayed it; for it gives forth those false doctrines and cruel decrees, which show it to belong to the dragon, and not to the Lamb. It exercised all the power of the former beast. It pursues the same design, to draw men from worshipping the true God, and to subject the souls of men to the will and control of men. The second beast has carried on its designs, by methods whereby men should be deceived to worship the former beast, in the new shape, or likeness made for it. By lying wonders, pretended miracles. And by severe censures. Also by allowing none to enjoy natural or civil rights, who will not worship that beast which is the image of the pagan beast. It is made a qualification for buying and selling, as well as for places of profit and trust, that they oblige themselves to use all their interest, power, and endeavour, to forward the dominion of the beast, which is meant by receiving his mark. To make an image to the beast, whose deadly wound was healed, would be to give form and power to his worship, or to require obedience to his commands. To worship the image of the beast, implies being subject to those things which stamp the character of the picture, and render it the image of the beast. The number of the beast is given, so as to show the infinite wisdom of God, and to exercise the wisdom of men. The number is the number of a man, computed after the usual manner among men, and it is 666. What or who is intended by this, remains a mystery. To almost every religious dispute this number has yet been applied, and it may reasonably be doubted whether the meaning has yet been discovered. But he who has wisdom and understanding, will see that all the enemies of God are numbered and marked out for destruction; that the term of their power will soon expire, and that all nations shall submit to our King of righteousness and peace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - And that no man might bay or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. "And" is omitted in א, C, some cursives and versions and Fathers: no man should be able to buy, etc. A, B, C, P, and most cursives also omit , "or," before "the name," thus reading, as in the Revised Version: save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast, or the number of his name. This expressly asserts what we might have gathered from the analogy of the mark of the true Christian (see on ver. 16), viz. that "the mark" was "the name" or "the number of his name." The manner in which this was fulfilled in the early ages of the Church is sufficiently notorious. Then faithfulness to the cause of Christ frequently meant banishment from friends, kindred, and home. St. John himself was feeling the effect of this at the time when he wrote these words in exile at Patmos. So, at the present day, the Jews regard as an utter alien any one of their number who embraces Christianity. So also, at the present day, the faithful Christian is often interdicted the society of the world, is declared a social nuisance, and is shunned by the worldly minded, who pay allegiance to the beast. (On the "number," see on ver. 18.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And that no man might buy or sell,.... Either in an ecclesiastical sense, as to, be in any church office, or perform any such service, to say Mass, hear confession, give absolution, sell pardons and indulgences, &c. or in a civil sense, as to trade, and exercise merchandise, and this was forbidden by several Popish councils and synods; the Lateran council, under Pope Alexander, decreed against the Waldenses and Albigenses, that no one should presume to retain or encourage them in their houses or countries, or "trade" with them; and the synod of Tours in France forbid any reception of heretics, or protection, and that any communion should be had with them "in buying and selling", as Mr. Mede has observed; and it was ordered by a bull of Pope Martin the Fifth, that no contract should be made with such, and that they should not follow any business and merchandise:

save he that had the mark; took the oath to be true to the pope, or made a public profession of the Popish religion:

or the name of the beast; Papists, so called from the pope; thus the antichristians are called from antichrist, as the Christians from Christ:

or the number of his name; which is either the same with the number of the beast in Revelation 13:18, or is something distinct it; and those who have it may be such persons who neither have the indelible character of the Romish clergy, nor are open professors of the Popish religion, but are in heart inclined to it, and privately and secretly promote it, by their doctrines and practices; and so are numbered, reckoned, esteemed, and accounted of by the Papists, and receive favours from them; or rather such who openly "furnish the drink offering" in the Mass, mixed with wine and water, "for that number", Isaiah 65:11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. And—So A, B, and Vulgate read. C, Irenæus, 316, Coptic, and Syriac omit it.

might buy—Greek, "may be able to buy."

the mark, or the name—Greek, "the mark (namely), the name of the beast." The mark may be, as in the case of the sealing of the saints in the forehead, not a visible mark, but symbolical of allegiance. So the sign of the cross in Popery. The Pope's interdict has often shut out the excommunicate from social and commercial intercourse. Under the final Antichrist this shall come to pass in its most violent form.

number of his name—implying that the name has some numerical meaning.

Revelation 13:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Mark of the Beast
16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
Cross References
Galatians 6:17
From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

Revelation 7:3
"Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."

Revelation 14:9
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand,

Revelation 14:11
And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name."

Revelation 15:2
And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God

Revelation 20:4
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Treasury of Scripture

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

mark. See on ver.

Revelation 13:16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and …

name.

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, …

Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and …

Revelation 17:5 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, …

Revelation 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

the number.

Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of …

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that …

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