Revelation 16:3
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New International Version
The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.

New Living Translation
Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse. And everything in the sea died.

English Standard Version
The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.

New American Standard Bible
The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.

King James Bible
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The second poured out his bowl into the sea. It turned to blood like a dead man's, and all life in the sea died.

International Standard Version
The second angel poured his bowl into the sea. It became like the blood of a dead body, and every living thing in the sea died.

NET Bible
Next, the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea and it turned into blood, like that of a corpse, and every living creature that was in the sea died.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the second Angel poured his vessel into The Sea and The Sea became as dead, and every living animal in the sea died.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The second angel poured his bowl over the sea. The sea turned into blood like the blood of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the second angel poured out his vial into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man, and every living soul died in the sea.

King James 2000 Bible
And the second angel poured out his bowl upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living thing died in the sea.

American King James Version
And the second angel poured out his vial on the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

American Standard Version
And the second poured out his bowl into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living soul died, even the things that were in the sea.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and there came blood as it were of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
And the second poured out his bowl on the sea; and it became blood, as of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea.

English Revised Version
And the second poured out his bowl into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living soul died, even the things that were in the sea.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

Weymouth New Testament
The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and it became blood, like a dead man's blood, and every living creature in the sea died.

World English Bible
The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man. Every living thing in the sea died.

Young's Literal Translation
And the second messenger did pour out his vial to the sea, and there came blood as of one dead, and every living soul died in the sea.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:1-7 We are to pray that the will of God may be done on earth as it is done in heaven. Here is a succession of terrible judgments of Providence; and there seems to be an allusion to several of the plagues of Egypt. The sins were alike, and so were the punishments. The vials refer to the seven trumpets, which represented the rise of antichrist; and the fall of the enemies of the church shall bear some resemblance to their rise. All things throughout their earth, their air, their sea, their rivers, their cities, all are condemned to ruin, all accursed for the wickedness of that people. No wonder that angels, who witness or execute the Divine vengeance on the obstinate haters of God, of Christ, and of holiness, praise his justice and truth; and adore his awful judgments, when he brings upon cruel persecutors the tortures they made his saints and prophets suffer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea. Omit "angel," which is not found in the best manuscripts, though it is understood. "Into the sea," as in ver. 2. The sea is also the object of the second trumpet plague (see on ver. 1). And it became as the blood of a dead man; became blood as of a dead man. Almost an exact reproduction of the second trumpet, and of the first of the Egyptian plagues. The last clause intensifies the horrible nature of the judgment, and thus in some degree increases the severity of this plague over that of the trumpets. And every living soul died in the sea; and every soul of life died, [even] the things in the sea, though living soul (ζῶσα) is found in א, B, P, some cursives, versions, and Fathers. Not merely human lives. The things, τὰ, is omitted in א, B, P, and others. In Revelation 8:9 we have, "Even the creatures that were in the sea." The interpretations are as numerous as in the case of the second trumpet (see on Revelation 8:9). It is most probable that the sea is here mentioned as part of creation (another part of which is mentioned in the following verse), the whole of which suffers for the sin of man, and the whole of which, intended for his benefit, becomes a source of affliction and woe to him through sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea,.... Not literally; and so does not design the stagnation of it, which it is thought will be before the general conflagration; see Amos 7:4 nor is it to be understood of the sea of this world, and the men of it, who are like a troubled sea; but rather of Popish doctrines and councils, which are a sea of errors, and will now be confuted and put an end to. Brightman applies it to the council of Trent, and makes this angel to be Chemnitius, a German divine, who wrote a confutation of it; but as the sea is a collection of many waters, and many waters in this book signify the people and nations under the Romish yoke, sea here may design the whole jurisdiction of Rome, or mystical Babylon; see Jeremiah 51:36 and particularly its maritime powers, Spain and Portugal: and as the second trumpet affected the sea, Revelation 8:8 and brought the Vandals into Spain and Portugal, so this second vial affects the sea, and brings great wars, slaughter, and bloodshed into these parts, when they also will be reformed from Popery:

and it became as the blood of a dead man; thick, clotted together, and putrid, and so never to be returned to their former state:

and every living soul died in the sea: those, that are not reformed will either die by the sword, or fly into other parts; for there will be no comfortable living for the Popish party in those countries where now they live in power, ease, and affluence. This, and the following vial, are referred by Mr. Daubuz, the one to the first crusades, or holy wars, for the regaining of the holy land, and the other to the latter of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. angel—So B and Andreas. But A, C, and Vulgate omit it.

upon—Greek, "into."

became as … blood—answering to another Egyptian plague.

of a dead man—putrefying.

living soul—So B and Andreas. But A, C, and Syriac, "soul of life" (compare Ge 1:30; 7:21, 22).

in the sea—So B and Andreas. But A, C, and Syriac read, "(as respects) the things in the sea."

Revelation 16:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The First Six Bowls of Wrath
2So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. 3The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. 4Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.…
Cross References
Exodus 7:17
This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.

Acts 2:41
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Revelation 8:8
The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,

Revelation 11:6
They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
Treasury of Scripture

And the second angel poured out his vial on the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

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Revelation 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot …

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it became.

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Psalm 78:44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they …

Psalm 105:29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

Ezekiel 16:38 And I will judge you, as women that break wedlock and shed blood …

and every.

Revelation 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had …

Genesis 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in …

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