New International Version
They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people 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.
Darby Bible Translation
and they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and their power [was] in their tails to hurt men 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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They had tails like unto scorpions - This may refer to the consequences of their victories. They infected the conquered with their pernicious doctrines.
Their power was to hurt men five months - The locusts make their principal ravages during the five summer months. But probably these may be prophetic months, as above, in Revelation 9:5 - 150 years.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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LibraryAnother Part of My Smoke' which You Frequently Laugh at is My Pretence
31. Another part of my smoke' which you frequently laugh at is my pretence, as you say, to know what I do not know, and the parade I make of great teachers to deceive the common and ignorant people. You, of course, are a man not of smoke but of flame, or rather of lightning; you fulminate when you speak; you cannot contain the flames which have been conceived within your mouth, and like Barchochebas, the leader of the revolt of the Jews, who used to hold in his mouth a lighted straw and blow it out …
Various—Life and Works of Rufinus with Jerome's Apology Against Rufinus.
Jesus Heals Two Gergesene Demoniacs.
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."
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.
And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.
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.
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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