Revelation 17:8

“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The beast that thou sawest, was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomlesse pit, and goe into perdition, and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, (whose names were not written in the booke of life from the foundation of the world) when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss, and to go into perdition. And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, `they' whose name hath not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast, how that he was, and is not, and shall come.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The beast which you saw was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the great deep, and to go into destruction. And those who are on the earth, whose names have not been put in the book of life from the first, will be full of wonder when they see the beast, that he was, and is not, and still will be.
- Basic English Bible

The beast which thou sawest was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go into destruction: and they who dwell on the earth, whose names are not written from the founding of the world in the book of life, shall wonder, seeing the beast, that it was, and is not, and shall be present.
- Darby Bible

The beast that thou sawest, was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
- Webster's Bible

The Wild Beast which you have seen was, and is not, and yet is destined to re-ascend, before long, out of the bottomless pit and go his way into perdition. And the inhabitants of the earth will be filled with amazement--all whose names are not in the Book of Life, having been recorded there ever since the creation of the world--when they see the Wild Beast: because he was, and is not, and yet is to come.
- Weymouth Bible

The beast that you saw was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go into destruction. Those who dwell on the earth and whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel when they see that the beast was, and is not, and shall be present.
- World English Bible

The beeste which thou seist, was, and is not; and sche schal stie fro depnesse, and sche schal go `in to perisching. And men dwellinge in erthe schulen wondre, whos names ben not writun in the book of lijf fro the makinge of the world, seynge the beeste, that was, and is not.
- Wycliffe Bible

`The beast that thou didst see: it was, and it is not; and it is about to come up out of the abyss, and to go away to destruction, and wonder shall those dwelling upon the earth, whose names have not been written upon the scroll of the life from the foundation of the world, beholding the beast that was, and is not, although it is.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 17:8


17:8 The beast which thou sawest (namely, verse 3) #Rev 17:3| was, &c. - This is a very observable and punctual description of the beast, verses 8, 10, 11. #Rev 17:8|,10,11 His whole duration is here divided into three periods, which are expressed in a fourfold manner. He, 1. Was; 2 And is not; 3. And will ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition. He, 1. Was; 2. And is not; 3. And will be again. The seven heads are seven hills and seven kings: 1. Five are fallen; 2. One is; 3. The other is not come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. He, 1. Was; 2. And is not; 3 Even he is the eighth, and is one of the seven, and goeth into perdition. The first of these three is described in the thirteenth chapter. #Rev 13:1 |- 18 This was past when the angel spoke to St. John. The second was then in its course; the third woe to come. And is not - The fifth phial brought darkness upon his kingdom: the woman took this advantage to seat herself upon him. Then it might be said, He is not. Yet shall he afterwards ascend out of the bottomless pit - Arise again with diabolical strength and fury. But he will not reign long: soon after his ascent he goeth into perdition for ever.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 17:8


Re 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not. See notes on Re 13:1-10. The beast that existed then, when John wrote, was to receive a deadly wound, and to appear again in a new form. They . . . whose name were not written in the book of life. Are not of God's spiritual children. From the foundation of the world. The meaning of this expression is to be sought in Re 13:8. Their names were written in the book of life which had existed from the time referred to in Re 13:8, when the plan of redemption was prepared in the counsels of God.

Discussion for Revelation 17

  • Word
    whore are people worshipping the first supernatural powerful, calls himself Christ return to fly you away. I don't know how or why Christians will follow Satan a false messiah I guess it's because he twist scriptures so perfectly that a lie sounds true because we know how Christ returns at the 7th trump with hail stones hitting earth mixed with fire to burn the wickedness away. Stay away of them.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    The great prostitute in the book of revelation is none other than the woman of the seed of the serpent who has a name. She will be exposed once and for all along with all things. The Dreadful and the Terrible Day of the Lord comes for a reason and a purpose in the end of this age of the gentiles. Our Abba Father in Heaven will send Elijah to fully purge and purify the true Bride Zion Amen indeed.
  • Gary
    There are 2 correct answers to the question: "Who is the great prostitute in the book of Revelation?

    They are:

    1. Babylon [the Mother of Harlots] which is:
    2. The Roman Catholic church [or Papacy: or the Woman (City) that sitteth on seven mountains. (Vatican City or City of Rome)]
  • S. Wesley Mcgranor
    This could be a metaphorical Babylon of course. And might fit the then popular condition of Roman Catholicism. It seems to be a declaration of a failed Dominion. One spent on whoring with the world rather then governing.
  • Word
    Vs 8 Satan on earth going to and from as in Job 1 then he tempted CHRIST Satan could go to earth. Then it ended and Satan is held by Michael so he was not his spirit only and then Satan comes out of the pit kick to earth and the first seal tells us he comes as antichrist to deceive the whole world and then at the 7th trump CHRIST crushes Satans head. Don't follow false Christ that shall come.
  • Norm
    This is prophecy and is yet to come. The time is come and the day draweth nigh. We now live in the midst of tribulations with wrath to follow. I pray the blessed LORD finds many worthy to escape the evil to come. God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior loves us beyond our comprehension! We have been given so much to be thankful for and His mercy endures forever!

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