Revelation 17:9
New International Version
"This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.

New Living Translation
"This calls for a mind with understanding: The seven heads of the beast represent the seven hills where the woman rules. They also represent seven kings.

English Standard Version
This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated;

Berean Study Bible
This calls for a mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.

Berean Literal Bible
Here is the mind having wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains, where the woman sits on them;

New American Standard Bible
"Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,

King James Bible
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Christian Standard Bible
This calls for a mind that has wisdom: "The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated. They are also seven kings:

Contemporary English Version
Anyone with wisdom can figure this out. The seven heads that the woman is sitting on stand for seven hills. These heads are also seven kings.

Good News Translation
"This calls for wisdom and understanding. The seven heads are seven hills, on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Here is the mind with wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated.

International Standard Version
This calls for a mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is sitting. They are also seven kings.

NET Bible
(This requires a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains the woman sits on. They are also seven kings:

New Heart English Bible
Here is the mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Here is the meaning for one having wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains, upon which The Woman sits.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"In this situation a wise mind is needed. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is sitting.

New American Standard 1977
“Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And here is the meaning which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.

King James 2000 Bible
And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.

American King James Version
And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.

American Standard Version
Here is the mind that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And here is the understanding that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, upon which the woman sitteth, and they are seven kings:

Darby Bible Translation
Here is the mind that has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains, whereon the woman sits.

English Revised Version
Here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth:

Webster's Bible Translation
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Weymouth New Testament
Here is scope for the exercise of a mind that has wisdom! The seven heads are the seven hills on which the woman sits.

World English Bible
Here is the mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.

Young's Literal Translation
Here is the mind that is having wisdom; the seven heads are seven mountains, upon which the woman doth sit,
Study Bible
The Mystery Explained
8The beast that you saw—it was, and now is no more, but is about to come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. And those who dwell on the earth whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet will be. 9This calls for a mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10There are also seven kings. Five are fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.…
Cross References
Revelation 13:18
Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is 666.

Revelation 17:3
And the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, where I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

Treasury of Scripture

And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.

here.

Revelation 13:18
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Daniel 12:4,8-10
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased…

Hosea 14:9
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

The seven.

Revelation 17:3,7,18
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns…

Revelation 13:1
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.







Lexicon
This calls for
Ὧδε (Hōde)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5602: From an adverb form of hode; in this same spot, i.e. Here or hither.

a mind
νοῦς (nous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3563: Probably from the base of ginosko; the intellect, i.e. Mind; by implication, meaning.

that
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

has
ἔχων (echōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

wisdom.
σοφίαν (sophian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4678: Wisdom, insight, skill (human or divine), intelligence. From sophos; wisdom.

The
αἱ (hai)
Article - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

seven
ἑπτὰ (hepta)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2033: Seven. A primary number; seven.

heads
κεφαλαὶ (kephalai)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

are
εἰσίν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

seven
ἑπτὰ (hepta)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2033: Seven. A primary number; seven.

mountains
ὄρη (orē)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3735: A mountain, hill. Probably from an obsolete oro; a mountain: -hill, mount(-ain).

on
ἐπ’ (ep’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

which
ὅπου (hopou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3699: Where, whither, in what place. From hos and pou; what(-ever) where, i.e. At whichever spot.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

woman
γυνὴ (gynē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

sits.
κάθηται (kathētai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2521: To sit, be seated, enthroned; I dwell, reside. From kata; and hemai; to sit down; figuratively, to remain, reside.
(9) And here is the mind . . .--Better, Here (omit "and") is the mind, &c. Attention is asked to the fuller explanation which follows. It needs true wisdom to behold many incidents of the world's history and not find stumbling-blocks in them (Psalm 73:2-3; Psalm 119:165). The seven heads are seven mountains where the woman sitteth upon them. The description seems to be drawn from Rome, the seven-hilled city. This keeps the reference to Rome before us, but at the same time the further explanation (in Revelation 17:10) widens our thoughts, and shows us that the literalism on which the imagery is based is used to convey a broader symbolical meaning. The seven heads are seven mountains, &c., and they (the seven heads; the words "There are seven kings" in the English version are confusing) are seven kings: the woman rides on the seven-headed beast; even so Rome dwells on her seven hills, and so also the world-city, seen in vision, sits among the various empires which have risen, like great mountains, in the history of the world.

Verse 9. - And here is the mind which hath wisdom. Omit "and." Read, Here is the mind (or, meaning), etc. These words (as in Revelation 13:18) draw attention to the explanation which follows - or else that which precedes (cf. Revelation 13:18). They also make it appear that the explanation which the angel offers of the "mystery" is not one to be understood without some difficulty. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. The diversity of opinions on the interpretation of this passage is mainly owing to the fact that writers are not consistent in their application of symbols and numbers; in one place interpreting figuratively, in another literally. We have repeatedly seen that the language of the Apocalypse and its numbers are symbolical. The seals are not literal seals, the Lamb is not a literal Lamb, the beast is not a literal beast, etc. So here, the mountains are not literal mountains. A mountain is a symbol of power (see on Revelation 8:8); seven is the number significant of universality (see on Revelation 1:4; 5:1, etc.). The plain meaning of the passage, therefore, is that the woman relies upon a visibly universal power. This is precisely the idea contained in ver. 3, which describes the faithless part of the Church (the harlot) trusting to the power of the world (the beast). Of course, the most prominent form of this world power in St. John's time was heathen Rome, hence some writers believe that "the seven-hilled city," Rome, is referred to here - either pagan or papal Rome. And, indeed, this may be a partial fulfilment of the vision; but it is not the whole signification. To understand seven mountains literally in this place renders it necessary to interpret forty-two weeks, etc., literally in another. 17:7-14 The beast on which the woman sat was, and is not, and yet is. It was a seat of idolatry and persecution, and is not; not in the ancient form, which was pagan: yet it is; it is truly the seat of idolatry and tyranny, though of another sort and form. It would deceive into stupid and blind submission all the inhabitants of the earth within its influence, except the remnant of the elect. This beast was seven heads, seven mountains, the seven hills on which Rome stands; and seven kings, seven sorts of government. Five were gone by when this prophecy was written; one was then in being; the other was yet to come. This beast, directed by the papacy, makes an eighth governor, and sets up idolatry again. It had ten horns, which are said to be ten kings who had as yet no kingdoms; they should not rise up till the Roman empire was broken; but should for a time be very zealous in her interest. Christ must reign till all enemies be put under his feet. The reason of the victory is, that he is the King of kings, and Lord of lords. He has supreme dominion and power over all things; all the powers of earth and hell are subject to his control. His followers are called to this warfare, are fitted for it, and will be faithful in it.
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