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

  • Charles
    mystery Babylon mother of harlots
    and the abominations of the earth wake up church mother
    of harlots is seducing churches who once preached
    the real gospel of Jesus Christ the great apostasy is here
    read revelation 17 the city on seven hills which is Rome
  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    It's nothing new. Each best are same in Dan. and it names em. Starting with Babylon through Rome. Each world power adopted old powers practice along with it. Rome ended up being a pagan cluster of religions with a Jesus hat on top. Rome was the harlott, and she has daughters. Futurism in Rev was started by Rome to take the heat off. Every protestant knew this until about 1900. It's been buried.
  • MIchael C.
    In Genesis 11:1-9 is the recorded beginnings of that spirit of "The Great Whore" which reigns over the kings of the earth: because the confounding of the languages, and scattering of them to every corner of the world, did not take that heathen rebellion and antichrist spirit out of their hearts. The hypocrites and apostates have always been those who taken their portion on the back of the beast.
  • Michael C.
    In Genesis 11:1-9 we have the nativity of that "Great Whore" spirit, ever since in the world. When the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that they were building, He said, "The people are one, and have all one language, and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them of all that they have imagined to do?" So their imagination today is to casting off all restraint.
  • Word
    Verse 15 tells you who the religious whore is. It's the people and their new religion as they chase after a false Christ because they have been told Jesus is coming and he is going to fly us away and Satan acting as Jesus will be preaching come fly with me, worshipp me. Don't get caught worshipping the devil you won't be on the happy list and God's consuming fire won't be a warm feeling of love.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. The Rightly Divided Word of Truth. The book of Revelation is still a near future book which does not go into effect until the Kingdom of God Holy Spirit Tongues is Gathered up to meet our Blessed Lord and Savior in the air and so shall we ever be with our King Glory Amen. Behold: The transition back to the book of Revelation {Kingdom of Heaven wrath} is truly neigh at hand amen indeed.

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