1 Then I stood on the sand of the seashore, and I saw an animal come up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads, and with ten diadems on its horns, and blasphemous titles on its heads. 2 The animal I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. The dragon gave it his own power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of its heads seemed to have received a mortal wound, but its mortal wound had been healed. And the whole earth followed the animal in wonder, 4 and worshiped the dragon for having given the animal his authority, and they worshiped the animal, and said, "Who is there like the animal? Who can fight with it?"
5 It was allowed to utter great boasts and blasphemies, and to exert authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth in blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling-place, that is, those who live in heaven. 7 It was allowed to make war on God's people and to conquer them, and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation. 8 All the inhabitants of the earth whose names have not from the foundation of the world been written in the slain Lamb's book of life, will worship it.
9 Let everyone who can hear listen.
10 Whoever is destined for captivity will go into captivity; whoever kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. On this fact rests the endurance and fidelity of God's people.
11 Then I saw another animal come up out of the land. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises the full authority of the first animal on its behalf. It makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first animal, whose mortal wound had been healed. 13 It performs great wonders, even making fire come down from heaven to earth before men's eyes. 14 It leads the inhabitants of the earth astray by the wonders it is allowed to do on behalf of the animal, telling the inhabitants of the earth to erect a statue to the animal that bears the mark of the sword-thrust and yet lives. 15 It is also allowed to impart life to the animal's statue so that the animal's statue can speak, and to have all who do not worship the animal's statue killed. 16 And it makes everyone, high and low, rich and poor, freemen and slaves, have a mark stamped on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 and permits no one to buy or sell anything unless he bears the mark, that is, the animal's name or the number corresponding to its name.
18 There is wisdom hidden here! Let everyone of intelligence calculate the animal's number, for it indicates a certain man; its number is 666.