1 Then I stood on the sand of the seashore, and I saw a wild beast coming up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on his horns, and blasphemous titles on his heads. 2 The wild beast which I saw was like a leopard, but his feet were like a bear's, and his mouth was like a lion's mouth. To him the dragon gave his own power and throne with great authority. 3 I saw that one of his heads seemed to have been mortally wounded, but its mortal wound had been healed. And the whole world was so amazed that they followed the wild beast, 4 and worshiped the dragon for giving the wild beast his authority; they also worshiped the wild beast, and said, "Who is there like the wild beast? Who is there to make war on him?"
5 Then there was given to the wild beast a mouth that uttered boastful, blasphemous words, and permission to wield his authority for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth to blaspheme against God, His name, and His dwelling place; that is, against those who live in heaven. 7 Permission was given to him to make war on God's people and to conquer them; authority was given to him over every tribe, people, language, and nation. 8 All the inhabitants of the earth whose names, from the foundation of the world, have not been written in the slaughtered Lamb's book of life, will worship him.
9 If anyone has ears let him listen.
10 Whoever leads others into captivity will go into captivity himself. Whoever kills with the sword must be killed with the sword himself. In this way will be shown the patient endurance and the fidelity of God's people.
11 Then I saw another wild beast coming up out of the land. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercises the full authority of the first wild beast in his presence; he makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first wild beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. 13 He performs great wonders; even makes fire come down out of heaven to earth before men's eyes. 14 He leads the inhabitants of the earth astray because of the wonders he is permitted to perform in the presence of the wild beast, telling the inhabitants of the earth to erect a statue to the wild beast that bears the sword-thrust and yet has lived. 15 Permission has also been given him to impart life to the statue of the wild beast so that it can speak, and to have all who do not worship the statue of the wild beast killed. 16 And he makes all, great and small, rich and poor, freemen and slaves, have a mark stamped on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 and he permits no one to buy or sell anything unless he bears the mark; that is, the name of the wild beast or the number that represents the name.
18 Here is scope for wisdom! Let anyone who has the mental keenness calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is the number of a certain man; his number is six hundred and sixty-six.