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

Chapter 19

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1After this I heard what sounded like a vast throng in heaven shouting:

‘Hallelujah! Victory and glory and power belong to our God, 2for true and just are his judgements! He has condemned the great whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication; he has taken vengeance on her for the blood of his servants.’

3Once more they shouted:

‘Hallelujah! The smoke from her burning will rise for ever!’

4The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures bowed down and worshipped God who sits on the throne; they cried: ‘Amen! Hallelujah!’

5 THERE came a voice from the throne saying: ‘Praise our God, all you his servants, you that fear him, both small and great!’ 6And I heard what sounded like a vast throng, like the sound of a mighty torrent or of great peals of thunder, and they cried:

‘Hallelujah! The Lord our God, sovereign over all, has entered on his reign! 7Let us rejoice and shout for joy and pay homage to him, for the wedding day of the Lamb has come! His bride has made herself ready, 8and she has been given fine linen, shining and clean, to wear.’

(The fine linen signifies the righteous deeds of God's people.)

9 THE angel said to me, ‘Write this: “Happy are those who are invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb!”’ He added, ‘These are the very words of God.’ 10I prostrated myself to worship him, but he said, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your brothers who bear their witness to Jesus. It is God you must worship. For those who bear witness to Jesus have the spirit of prophecy.’

11I SAW heaven wide open, and a white horse appeared; its rider's name was Faithful and True, for he is just in judgement and just in war. 12His eyes flamed like fire, and on his head were many diadems. Written on him was a name known to none but himself; 13he was robed in a garment dyed in blood, and he was called the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven followed him, riding on white horses and clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15Out of his mouth came a sharp sword to smite the nations; for it is he who will rule them with a rod of iron, and tread the winepress of the fierce wrath of God the sovereign Lord. 16On his robe and on his thigh was written the title: ‘King of kings and Lord of lords’.

17I saw an angel standing in the sun. He cried aloud to all the birds flying in mid-heaven: ‘Come, gather together for God's great banquet, 18to eat the flesh of kings, commanders, and warriors, the flesh of horses and their riders, the flesh of all, the free and the slave, the small and the great!’ 19I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies mustered to do battle against the rider and his army. 20The beast was taken prisoner, along with the false prophet who had worked miracles in its presence and deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire with its sulphurous flames. 21The rest were killed by the sword which came out of the rider's mouth, and the birds all gorged themselves on their flesh.

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