New International Version
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
King James Bible
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
Darby Bible Translation
And the third poured out his bowl on the rivers, and [on] the fountains of waters; and they became blood.
World English Bible
The third poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
Young's Literal Translation
And the third messenger did pour out his vial to the rivers, and to the fountains of the waters, and there came blood,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Upon the rivers and fountains of waters - This is an allusion to the first Egyptian plague, Exodus 7:20; and to those plagues in general there are allusions throughout this chapter. It is a sentiment of the rabbins that "whatever plagues God inflicted on the Egyptians in former times, he will inflict on the enemies of his people in all later times." See a long quotation on this subject from Rabbi Tanchum in Schoettgen.
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All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all. C omparisons, in the Scripture, are frequently to be understood with great limitation: perhaps, out of many circumstances, only one is justly applicable to the case. Thus, when our Lord says, Behold, I come as a thief (Revelation 16:15) , --common sense will fix the resemblance to a single point, that He will come suddenly, and unexpectedly. So when wandering sinners …
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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.
He turned their river into blood; they could not drink from their streams.
The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water--
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.
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