1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a savage beast ascending out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns; and upon its horns were ten diadems; and on its heads were the named of defamation. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet were like those of a bear, and its mouth like the mouth of a lion; and the dragon gave it his power, and his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of its heads wounded, as it were, to death; and yet its mortal wound was healed. And the whole earth wondered, and followed after the wild beast; 4 and they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the wild beast, saying, Who is like to the beast? who can war against it?
5 And there was given to it a mouth speaking great things, and defamation: and there was given to it power to practice forty-two months- 6 and it opened its mouth to utter defamation against God; to defame his name and his tabernacle, and those that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given to it to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and there was given to it power over every tribe, and tongue, and nation. 8 And all the inhabitants of the earth shall worship it, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb, that was slain from the beginning of the world.
10 If any one lead them into captivity, he shall be led into captivity: if any one slay with the sword, he shall himself be slain with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I saw another beast ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb: but it spoke like a dragon. 12 And it exercises all the power of the first beast, in its presence; and it makes the earth, and those that dwell in it, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And it does great miracles, so as to make fire come down from heaven to earth, before men; 14 and it deceives the inhabitants of the earth by signs which it is given it to do before the beast; commanding the inhabitants of the earth to make an image of the beast that had the wound of the sword, and lived. 15 And it was given to it to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might speak, and cause as many as will not worship the image of the beast to be put to death. 16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, freemen and slaves, to receive the mark on their right hand, or on their foreheads; 17 and that no one should be able to buy or sell, but one who has the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of its name.