Revelation 9:10
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New International Version
They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.

New Living Translation
They had tails that stung like scorpions, and for five months they had the power to torment people.

English Standard Version
They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.

New American Standard Bible
They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.

King James Bible
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and they had tails with stingers like scorpions, so that with their tails they had the power to harm people for five months.

International Standard Version
They had tails and stingers like scorpions, and they had the power to hurt people with their tails for five months.

NET Bible
They have tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability to injure people for five months is in their tails.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they had tails like scorpions and a sting in their tails, and their authority is to hurt people for five months.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They had tails and stingers like scorpions. They had the power to hurt people with their tails for five months.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months.

King James 2000 Bible
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

American King James Version
And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

American Standard Version
And they have tails like unto scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men five months.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had over them

Darby Bible Translation
and they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and their power [was] in their tails to hurt men five months.

English Revised Version
And they have tails like unto scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men five months.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Weymouth New Testament
They had tails like those of scorpions, and also stings; and in their tails lay their power of injuring mankind for five months.

World English Bible
They have tails like those of scorpions, and stings. In their tails they have power to harm men for five months.

Young's Literal Translation
and they have tails like to scorpions, and stings were in their tails; and their authority is to injure men five months;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-12 Upon sounding the fifth trumpet, a star fell from heaven to the earth. Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the powers of hell against the churches of Christ. On the opening of the bottomless pit, there arose a great smoke. The devil carries on his designs by blinding the eyes of men, by putting out light and knowledge, and promoting ignorance and error. Out of this smoke there came a swarm of locusts, emblems of the devil's agents, who promote superstition, idolatry, error, and cruelty. The trees and the grass, the true believers, whether young or more advanced, should be untouched. But a secret poison and infection in the soul, should rob many others of purity, and afterwards of peace. The locusts had no power to hurt those who had the seal of God. God's all-powerful, distinguishing grace will keep his people from total and final apostacy. The power is limited to a short season; but it would be very sharp. In such events the faithful share the common calamity, but from the pestilence of error they might and would be safe. We collect from Scripture, that such errors were to try and prove the Christians, 1Co 11:19. And early writers plainly refer this to the first great host of corrupters who overspread the Christian church.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails; and they have tails like unto scorpions, and stings (Revised Version). The next words are included in the following clause. Not that their tails possessed the appearance of scorpions (as Bengel, Hengstenberg, and others), but that their tails were like the tails of scorpions in respect of having stings in them. Cf. 2 Samuel 22:34; Psalm 18:33, "He maketh my feet like hands" (omit "feet"); also Revelation 13:11, "Two horns like a lamb" (see the description of the scorpion quoted above, under ver. 3). And their power was to hurt men five months; and in their tails is their power to hurt, etc. (Revised Version) (see the preceding clause). As no Greek manuscript gives the reading of the Textus Receptus followed by the Authorized Version, the probability is that this is an example of a passage in which the Greek of his edition was supplied by Erasmus, by the simple process of retranslating into Greek the Vulgate Version. By the possession of the noxious sting, the locusts here described are represented as being yet more terrible than the natural locusts. (See the description of the locusts given under ver. 3. For the signification of the "five months," see on ver. 5.) They limit the period of this judgment to the time of man's existence on this earth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they had tails like unto scorpions,.... Locusts are said to have the tail of a serpent, and of the vipers of the earth (u); See Gill on Revelation 9:3, Revelation 9:5. And there were stings in their tails; either in the baser sort of them, the Saracens and Papists; or in their doctrines, the prophet being the tail, Isaiah 9:15; with which both Mahomet, who set himself up for a prophet, and the Romish clergy, who set up their decrees and unwritten traditions above the word of God, have poisoned and destroyed multitudes of souls:

and their power was to hurt men five months; See Gill on Revelation 9:5.

(u) Scriptores Arab.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. tails like unto scorpions—like unto the tails of scorpions.

and there were stings—There is no oldest manuscript for this reading. A, B, Aleph, Syriac, and Coptic read, "and (they have) stings: and in their tails (is) their power (literally, 'authority': authorized power) to hurt."

Revelation 9:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Fifth Trumpet
9They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. 10They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. 11They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 10:11
My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.'"

2 Chronicles 10:14
he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."

Ezekiel 2:6
And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.

Revelation 9:3
And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.

Revelation 9:5
They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.

Revelation 9:19
The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
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And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

tails. See on ver.

Revelation 9:3,5 And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them …

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