Revelation 16
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And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
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And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
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And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
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And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
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And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
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For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
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And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
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And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
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And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
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And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
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And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
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And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
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For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
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Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
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And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
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And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
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And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
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And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
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And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
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And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.


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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Revelation
Book: Revelation
Chapter: 16

Overview:
The first vial is poured out On the Earth, the second On the
Sea, the third On the rivers and fountains. (1-7) The fourth On
the Sun, the fifth On the seat of the Beast. (8-11) The sixth On
the great River Euphrates. (12-16) And the seventh On the Air,
when shall follow the Destruction of all antichristian enemies.
(17-21)

1-7 We are to pray that the will of God may be done On Earth as
it is done in Heaven. Here is a succession of terrible judgments
of Providence; and there seems to be an allusion to several of
the plagues of Egypt. The sins were alike, and So were the
punishments. The vials refer to the Seven Trumpets, which
represented the rise of Antichrist; and the fall of the enemies
of the Church shall Bear some resemblance to their rise. All
things throughout their Earth, their Air, their Sea, their
rivers, their cities, all are condemned to ruin, all accursed
for the wickedness of that people. No wonder that angels, who
Witness or execute the Divine vengeance On the obstinate haters
of God, of Christ, and of Holiness, praise his Justice and
Truth; and Adore his awful judgments, when he brings upon cruel
persecutors the tortures they made his saints and prophets
suffer.

8-11 The Heart of Man is So desperately wicked, that the most
severe miseries never will bring any to repent, without the
special Grace of God. Hell itself is filled with blasphemies;
and those are ignorant of the history of human nature, of the
Bible, and of their own hearts, who do not know that the more
men suffer, and the more plainly they see the

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