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Revelation 6:11-13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

11 Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been.

12 [a]Then I watched while he broke open the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth[b] and the whole moon became like blood. 13 The stars in the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs[c] shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind.


  1. 6:12–14 Symbolic rather than literal description of the cosmic upheavals attending the day of the Lord when the martyrs’ prayer for vindication (Rev 6:10) would be answered; cf. Am 8:8–9; Is 34:4; 50:3; Jl 2:10; 3:3–4; Mt 24:4–36; Mk 13:5–37; Lk 21:8–36.
  2. 6:12 Dark sackcloth: for mourning, sackcloth was made from the skin of a black goat.
  3. 6:13 Unripe figs: literally, “summer (or winter) fruit.”
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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