Revelation 9:5
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English Standard Version
They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone.

King James Bible
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

American Standard Version
And it was given them that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when it striketh a man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it was given unto them that they should not kill them; but that they should torment them five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.

English Revised Version
And it was given them that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when it striketh a man.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

Weymouth New Testament
Their mission was not to kill, but to cause awful agony for five months; and this agony was like that which a scorpion inflicts when it stings a man.

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Vincent's Word Studies

They should be tormented (βασανισθῶσιν)

See on torments, Matthew 4:24.

Striketh (παίσῃ)

Dr. Thomson says that the scorpion cannot strike sideways. All accounts agree as to the fearful pain from its sting.

Revelation 9:5 Parallel Commentaries

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it was.

Revelation 13:5,7 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months...

Daniel 5:18-22 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor...

Daniel 7:6 After this I beheld, and see another, like a leopard, which had on the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads...

John 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except it were given you from above...

they should not. That is, should not kill them as a political body, state, or empire; and accordingly, however they desolated the Greek and Latin churches, they could not extirpate them, nor gain possession of the empire.

Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them...

Job 2:6 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.

they should be.

Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

five. Five prophetical months, each consisting of

30 days, and each day denoting a year, amount to

150 years; and accordingly, from the time that Mohammed began to propagate his imposture A.D.

612, the building of Bagdad, when they ceased from their ravages, A.D.

763, are just

150 years.

and their. See on ver.

Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Cross References
2 Chronicles 10:11
And now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'"

2 Chronicles 10:14
King Rehoboam spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions."

Ezekiel 2:6
And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.

Revelation 9:3
Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth.

Revelation 9:10
They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.

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