1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; and upon his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of lions: and the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it had been smitten unto death; and the wound of his death was healed. And the whole earth wondered after the beast: 4 and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying; Who is like the beast? and who is able to make war with him?
5 and a mouth was given to him speaking great things and blasphemies; and authority was given unto him to prevail forty-two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, those dwelling in the heaven. 7 And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to conquer them: and authority was given unto him over every tribe, and people, and tongue, and nation. 8 And all those who dwell upon the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world, will worship him.
9 if any one has ears, let him hear.
10 If any one leads into captivity he goes into captivity: if any one kills with a sword, it behooves him to be killed with a sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he continued to speak as the dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast before him. And he makes the earth and those dwelling in it, that they shall worship the first beast, whose wound of his death was healed. 13 And he performs great signs, so that he can indeed make fire descend out of the heaven to the earth in presence of the people. 14 And he deceives those dwelling upon the earth through the signs which it was given unto him to perform in the presence of the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, who had the wound of the sword, and did live. 15 And it was given unto him to give spirit to the image of the beast, in order that the image of the beast may indeed speak, and he may cause so many as will not worship the image of the beast that they should be killed. 16 And he causes all, small and great, both rich and poor, both free and bond, that they may give them a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead: 17 that no one may be able to buy or sell, except the one having the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let the one having understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man. And his is, Six hundred and sixty-six.