(啟示錄 Revelation 13:1-10)
13 我又看見一個獸從海中上來，有十角七頭，在十角上戴著十個冠冕，七頭上有褻瀆的名號。 2 我所看見的獸形狀像豹，腳像熊的腳，口像獅子的口。那龍將自己的能力、座位和大權柄都給了牠。 3 我看見獸的七頭中，有一個似乎受了死傷，那死傷卻醫好了。全地的人都稀奇，跟從那獸， 4 又拜那龍，因為牠將自己的權柄給了獸，也拜獸，說：「誰能比這獸，誰能與牠交戰呢？」 5 又賜給牠說誇大褻瀆話的口，又有權柄賜給牠，可以任意而行四十二個月。 6 獸就開口向神說褻瀆的話，褻瀆神的名並他的帳幕，以及那些住在天上的。
7 又任憑牠與聖徒爭戰，並且得勝；也把權柄賜給牠，制伏各族、各民、各方、各國。 8 凡住在地上，名字從創世以來沒有記在被殺之羔羊生命冊上的人，都要拜牠。 9 凡有耳的，就應當聽！ 10 擄掠人的必被擄掠，用刀殺人的必被刀殺。聖徒的忍耐和信心就是在此。
THE BEAST OUT OF THE SEA
The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. 4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.”
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
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