Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

启示录 9:1-21

1第五位天使吹号的时候,我见有一颗星从天上坠落到地上,有无底坑的钥匙赐给它。 2它打开无底坑时,浓烟从坑里冒出来,好像大火炉的烟一样,太阳和天空都变得昏暗了。 3有蝗虫从烟里飞出来,落到地上,有地上蝎子的能力赐给它们。 4它们得到命令,不得毁坏地上的青草、树木和其他植物,只伤害额上没有上帝印记的人, 5但不可杀死他们,只折磨他们五个月。那种折磨就像被蝎子蛰到一样。 6那时候,人求死,却求不到;想死,死却躲避他们。

7那些蝗虫好像预备出征的战马一样,头上好像戴了金冠,面孔好像人脸, 8毛发好像女人的头发,牙齿好像狮子的牙, 9胸前有甲,如同铁甲,鼓动翅膀时声音如同千军万马奔赴战场。 10它们像蝎子一样尾巴上有毒钩,可以折磨人五个月。 11它们的王是无底坑的天使,希伯来文名叫亚巴顿希腊文名叫亚玻伦,意思是“毁灭者”。

12第一样灾祸过去了,另外两样接踵而来。

13第六位天使吹号的时候,我听见有一个声音从上帝面前的金祭坛的四个角发出来, 14对刚才吹号的第六位天使说:“将那捆绑在幼发拉底河的四个天使放出来!” 15那四个天使就被释放了,他们为了此年、此月、此日、此刻已经预备好了,要杀掉人类的三分之一。 16我听见他们共有二亿兵马。 17我在异象中看见了马和骑士。骑士胸甲的颜色像火焰、紫玛瑙和硫磺。马的头像狮子的头,口中喷出火、烟和硫磺。 18马口中喷出的这三样灾害杀死了世上三分之一的人口。 19这些马的杀伤力不只在口,也在尾巴。它们的尾巴像蛇,有头能咬伤人。

20其余没有被这些灾害所杀的人仍不肯悔改、停止手中的恶行,还是去拜魔鬼和那些用金、银、铜、石、木所造,不能看、不能听、不能行走的偶像。 21他们不肯为自己所犯的凶杀、邪术、淫乱和偷盗悔改。

New International Version – UK

Revelation 9:1-21

1The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. 6During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

7The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10They had tails with stings, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

12The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.

13The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ 15And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.

17The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulphur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulphur. 18A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulphur that came out of their mouths. 19The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

20The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.