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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 14

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1I LOOKED, and there on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him were a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. 2I heard a sound from heaven like a mighty torrent or a great peal of thunder; what I heard was like harpists playing on their harps. 3They were singing a new song before the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, and no one could learn it except the hundred and forty-four thousand ransomed from the earth. 4These are men who have kept themselves chaste and have not defiled themselves with women; these follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed as the first-fruits of mankind for God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found on their lips; they are without fault.

6Then I saw an angel flying in mid-heaven, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those on earth, to every race, tribe, language, and nation. 7He spoke in a loud voice: ‘Fear God and pay him homage, for the hour of his judgement has come! Worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!’

8A second angel followed, saying, ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, who has made all nations drink the wine of God's anger roused by her fornication!’

9A third angel followed, saying in a loud voice, ‘Whoever worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on his forehead or hand, 10he too shall drink the wine of God's anger, poured undiluted into the cup of his wrath. He shall be tormented in sulphurous flames in the sight of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11The smoke of their torment will rise for ever; there will be no respite day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name. 12This calls for the endurance of God's people, all those who keep his commands and remain loyal to Jesus.

13I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write this: “Happy are the dead who henceforth die in the faith of the Lord!” “Yes,” says the Spirit a 14:13 the dead … the Spirit: some witnesses read the dead who die trusting in the Lord! Henceforth”, says the Spirit. , “let them rest from their labours, for the record of their deeds goes with them.” ’

14As I looked there appeared a white cloud, on which was seated a figure like a man; he had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15Another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud: ‘Put in your sickle and reap, for harvest time has come and earth's crop is fully ripe.’ 16So the one who sat on the cloud swept over the earth with his sickle and the harvest was reaped.

17Another angel came out of the heavenly sanctuary, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18Then from the altar came yet another, the angel who has authority over fire, and he called aloud to the one with the sharp sickle: ‘Put in your sharp sickle, and gather in earth's grape harvest, for its clusters are ripe.’ 19So the angel swept over the earth with his sickle and gathered in its grapes, and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath. 20The winepress was trodden outside the city, and for a distance of two hundred miles blood flowed from the press to the height of horses' bridles.

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a 14:13 the dead … the Spirit: some witnesses read the dead who die trusting in the Lord! Henceforth”, says the Spirit.

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