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Revelation 15-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Preparation for the Bowl Judgments

15 Then I saw another great and awe-inspiring sign[a] in heaven: seven angels with the seven last plagues, for with them, God’s wrath will be completed. I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, his image,[b] and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God.[c] They sang the song of God’s servant Moses and the song of the Lamb:

Great and awe-inspiring are Your works,
Lord God, the Almighty;
righteous and true are Your ways,
King of the Nations.[d]
Lord, who will not fear
and glorify Your name?
Because You alone are holy,
for all the nations will come
and worship before You
because Your righteous acts
have been revealed.

After this I looked, and the heavenly sanctuary—the tabernacle of testimony—was opened. Out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean, bright linen, with gold sashes wrapped around their chests. One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. Then the sanctuary was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from His power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

The First Bowl

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven[e] bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” The first went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and severely painful sores[f] broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

The Second Bowl

The second[g] poured out his bowl into the sea. It turned to blood like a dead man’s, and all life[h] in the sea died.

The Third Bowl

The third[i] poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. I heard the angel of the waters say:

You are righteous,
who is and who was, the Holy One,
for You have decided these things.
Because they poured out
the blood of the saints and the prophets,
You also gave them blood to drink;
they deserve it!

Then I heard someone from the altar say:

Yes, Lord God, the Almighty,
true and righteous are Your judgments.

The Fourth Bowl

The fourth[j] poured out his bowl on the sun. He[k] was given the power[l] to burn people with fire, and people were burned by the intense heat. So they blasphemed the name of God, who had the power[m] over these plagues, and they did not repent and give Him glory.

The Fifth Bowl

10 The fifth[n] poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. People[o] gnawed their tongues because of their pain 11 and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, yet they did not repent of their actions.

The Sixth Bowl

12 The sixth[p] poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming from the dragon’s mouth, from the beast’s mouth, and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty.

15 “Look, I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothed[q] so that he may not go around naked and people see his shame is blessed.”

16 So they assembled them at the place called in Hebrew, Armagedon.[r][s]

The Seventh Bowl

17 Then the seventh[t] poured out his bowl into the air,[u] and a loud voice came out of the sanctuary[v] from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 There were flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder. And a severe earthquake occurred like no other since man has been on the earth—so great was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations[w] fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence; He gave her the cup filled with the wine of His fierce anger. 20 Every island fled, and the mountains disappeared.[x] 21 Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds,[y] fell from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.


  1. Revelation 15:1 Or and awesome symbolic display
  2. Revelation 15:2 Other mss add his mark
  3. Revelation 15:2 Or harps of God; = harps belonging to the service of God
  4. Revelation 15:3 Other mss read ages
  5. Revelation 16:1 Other mss omit seven
  6. Revelation 16:2 Lit and a severely painful sore
  7. Revelation 16:3 Other mss add angel
  8. Revelation 16:3 Lit and every soul of life
  9. Revelation 16:4 Other mss add angel
  10. Revelation 16:8 Other mss add angel
  11. Revelation 16:8 Or It
  12. Revelation 16:8 Or authority
  13. Revelation 16:9 Or authority
  14. Revelation 16:10 Other mss add angel
  15. Revelation 16:10 Lit They
  16. Revelation 16:12 Other mss add angel
  17. Revelation 16:15 Or and guards his clothes
  18. Revelation 16:16 Other mss read Armageddon; other mss read Harmegedon; other mss read Mageddon; other mss read Magedon
  19. Revelation 16:16 Traditionally the hill of Megiddo, a great city that guarded the pass between the coast and the valley of Jezreel or Esdraelon; Jdg 5:19; 2Kg 9:27
  20. Revelation 16:17 Other mss add angel
  21. Revelation 16:17 Or on the air
  22. Revelation 16:17 Other mss add of heaven
  23. Revelation 16:19 Or the Gentile cities
  24. Revelation 16:20 Lit mountains were not found
  25. Revelation 16:21 Lit about a talent; talents varied in weight upwards from 75 pounds

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