1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the a of the great b that sitteth upon many c:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the a of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her b.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of a of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand a of abominations and b of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, a, b the Great, the c of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the a of the saints, and with the blood of the b of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great c.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into a: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the b from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the a which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven a: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten a which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make a with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is b, and c of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the a, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and b her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and a their kingdom unto the beast, until the b of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great a, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.