The Fifth Trumpet—the Bottomless Pit

Then the (A)fifth angel sounded, and I saw a (B)star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the (C)key of the [a](D)bottomless pit was given to him. He opened the [b]bottomless pit, and (E)smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and (F)the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke came (G)locusts [c]upon the earth, and power was given them, as the (H)scorpions of the earth have power. They were told not to (I)hurt the (J)grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the (K)seal of God on their foreheads. And [d]they were not permitted to kill [e]anyone, but to torment for (L)five months; and their torment was like the torment of a (M)scorpion when it [f]stings a man. And in those days (N)men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.

The [g](O)appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like the hair of women, and their (P)teeth were like the teeth of lions. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the (Q)sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. 10 They have tails like (R)scorpions, and stings; and in their (S)tails is their power to hurt men for (T)five months. 11 They have as king over them, the angel of the (U)abyss; his name in (V)Hebrew is [h](W)Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name [i]Apollyon.

12 (X)The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 9:1 Lit shaft of the abyss
  2. Revelation 9:2 V 1, note 1
  3. Revelation 9:3 Lit into
  4. Revelation 9:5 Lit it was given to them
  5. Revelation 9:5 Lit them
  6. Revelation 9:5 Lit strikes
  7. Revelation 9:7 Lit likenesses
  8. Revelation 9:11 I.e. destruction
  9. Revelation 9:11 I.e. destroyer

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