New American Standard Bible
They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.
King James Bible
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
Darby Bible Translation
and they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and their power was in their tails to hurt men five months.
World English Bible
They have tails like those of scorpions, and stings. In their tails they have power to harm men for five months.
Young's Literal Translation
and they have tails like to scorpions, and stings were in their tails; and their authority is to injure men five months;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And they had tails like unto scorpions - The fancy of an Arab now often discerns a resemblance between the tail of the locust and the scorpion. See the remark of Niebuhr, quoted in the notes on Revelation 9:7.
And there were stings in their tails - Like the stings of scorpions. See the notes on Revelation 9:3. This made the locusts which appeared to John the more remarkable, for though the fancy may imagine a resemblance between the tail of a locust and a scorpion, yet the locusts have properly no sting. The only thing which they have resembling a sting is a hard bony subsubstance like a needle, with which the female punctures the bark and wood of trees in order to deposit her eggs. It has, however, no adaptation, like a sting, for conveying poison into a wound. These, however, appeared to be armed with stings properly so called.
And their power was to hurt men - Not primarily to kill people, but to inflict on them various kinds of tortures. See the notes on Revelation 9:5. The word used here - ἀδικῆσαι adikēsai, rendered "to hurt" - is different from the word in Revelation 9:5 - βασανισθῶσιν basanisthōsin, rendered "should be tormented." This word properly means "to do wrong, to do unjustly, to injure, to hurt"; and the two words would seem to convey the idea that they would produce distress by doing wrong to others, or by deeding unjustly with them. It does not appear that the wrong would be by inflicting bodily torments, but would be characterized by that injustice toward others which produces distress and anguish.
Five months - See the notes on Revelation 9:5; (also Editor's Preface).
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2 Chronicles 10:11
Whereas my father loaded you with 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
He spoke to them according to the advice 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."
"And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house.
Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.
For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.
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