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Revelation 13 is the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The book is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle,[1][2] but the precise identity of the author remains a point of academic debate.[3] The author records visions of two beasts or monsters which he saw while "standing on the seashore",[4] the monster from the sea and the monster from the land.[5]

Revelation 13
Papyrus 98 (Rev 1,13-2.1).JPG
Revelation 1:13-2:1 on the verso side of Papyrus 98 from the second century.
BookBook of Revelation
Christian Bible partNew Testament
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The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 18 verses.

Some early manuscripts containing this chapter are:

Note: The Book of Revelation is missing from Codex Vaticanus.[6]

La Bête de la Mer (from the Tapisserie de l'Apocalypse in Angers, France). A medieval tapestry, this detail of which shows John, the Dragon, and the Beast of the Sea.

Verse 1Edit

New King James Version

Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.[7]

Some manuscript texts read ἐστάθην, estathēn, I stood, while others read ἐστάθη, estathē, he stood, referring to the dragon of Revelation 12:17.

Verse 2Edit

New King James Version

Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.[8]

Verse 5Edit

New King James Version

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.[9]

Verse 11Edit

New King James Version

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.[10][11]

Verse 16Edit

New King James Version

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads[12]

Verse 18Edit

King James Version

Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Davids, Peter H (1982). I Howard Marshall and W Ward Gasque (ed.). New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Epistle of James (Repr. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. ISBN 0802823882.
  2. ^ Evans, Craig A (2005). Craig A Evans (ed.). Bible Knowledge Background Commentary: John, Hebrews-Revelation. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Victor. ISBN 0781442281.
  3. ^ F. L. Cross, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), 45
  4. ^ Revelation 13:1: NKJV
  5. ^ Bauckham 2007, p. 1289.
  6. ^ Claremont Coptic Encyclopaedia, Codex Vaticanus, accessed 29 September 2018
  7. ^ Revelation 13:1
  8. ^ Revelation 13:2
  9. ^ Revelation 13:5
  10. ^ Revelation 13:11
  11. ^ John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible - Revelation 13:11
  12. ^ Revelation 13:16
  13. ^ Revelation 13:18


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gill, John. Exposition of the Entire Bible (1746-1763).

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