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The Woman and the Dragon
121And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman eclothed with fthe sun, with fthe moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
2She was pregnant and gwas crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.
3And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great hred dragon, iwith seven heads and jten horns, and on his heads kseven diadems.
4His tail swept down la third of the stars of heaven and mcast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child nhe might devour it.
5She gave birth to a male child, oone who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was pcaught up to God and to his throne,
6and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for q1,260 days.
Satan Thrown Down to Earth
7Now war arose in heaven, rMichael and shis angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,
8but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
9And tthe great dragon was thrown down, uthat ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, vthe deceiver of the whole worldwhe was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
10And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now xthe salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers1 has been thrown down, ywho accuses them day and night before our God.
11And zthey have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for athey loved not their lives beven unto death.
12Therefore, crejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But dwoe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because ehe knows that his time is short!”
13And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued fthe woman who had given birth to the male child.
14But the woman was given the two gwings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent hinto the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished ifor a time, and times, and half a time.
15The serpent poured water jlike a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood.
16But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth.
17Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off kto make war on the rest of lher offspring, mon those who keep the commandments of God and hold to nthe testimony of Jesus. And he stood2 on the sand of the sea.