Revelation 12:1

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there appeared a great wonder in heauen, a woman clothed with the Sunne, & the Moone vnder her feete, and vpon her head a Crowne of twelue starres:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And a great sign was seen in heaven: a A woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
- Basic English Bible

And a great sign was seen in the heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars;
- Darby Bible

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
- Webster's Bible

And a great marvel was seen in Heaven-- a woman who was robed with the sun and had the moon under her feet, and had also a wreath of stars round her head, was with child,
- Weymouth Bible

A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
- World English Bible

And a greet signe apperide in heuene; a womman clothid with the sunne, and the moone vndur hir feet, and in the heed of hir a coroun of twelue sterris.
- Wycliffe Bible

And a great sign was seen in the heaven, a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 12:1


12:1 And a great sign was seen in heaven - Not only by St. John, but many heavenly spectators represented in the vision. A sign means something that has an uncommon appearance, and from which we infer that some unusual thing will follow. A woman - The emblem of the church of Christ, as she is originally of Israel, though built and enlarged on all sides by the addition of heathen converts; and as she will hereafter appear, when all her natural branches are again grafted in. She is at present on earth; and yet, with regard to her union with Christ, may be said to be in heaven, #Eph 2:6|. Accordingly, she is described as both assaulted and defended in heaven, verses 4, 7. #Rev 12:4|,7 Clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars - These figurative expressions must he so interpreted as to preserve a due proportion between them. So, in Joseph's dream, the sun betokened his father; the moon, his mother; the stars, their children. There may be some such resemblance here; and as the prophecy points out the power over all nations, perhaps the sun may betoken the Christian world; the moon, the Mahometans, who also carry the moon in their ensigns; and the crown of twelve stars, the twelve tribes of Israel; which are smaller than the sun and moon. The whole of this chapter answers the state of the church from the ninth century to this time.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 12:1


Re 12:1 The Visions of the Church SUMMARY OF REVELATION 12: The Vision in Heaven. The Woman Clothed with the Sun. Her Offspring. The Great Red Dragon. The Conflict in Heaven. The War on the Woman's Seed. Her Seed Caught Up. Her Flight into the Wilderness. The Flood Cast by the Dragon. The Earth Helping the Woman. A woman. A woman is used as a symbol many times in the Scriptures. "Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh" (Isa 62:11). Here the reference is to the Church. Again Paul says, "We are not the children of the bondwoman, but of the free" (Ga 4:31). All are agreed that here the free woman represents the Church. Again, John sees the New Jerusalem descending adorned as a bride to meet her husband (Re 21:2). The bride, the Lamb's wife, here and in Re 21:9, indeed in every place spoken of, is the Church. Once more: Paul speaks of Jerusalem, the mother of us all, alluding again to the Church (Ga 4:26). This symbol, then, is a common one to represent the Church, and we are justified in declaring that to be its meaning in this passage. Clothed with the sun. The fact that she is clothed with the sun symbolizes the fact that the true Church shines with the light of the sun of righteousness. And the moon under her feet represents the Old Testament, or old dispensation, which shone by a reflected right and is subordinate to the New Covenant of the Church. And upon her head a crown of twelve stars is explained by the twelve apostles, lights of the Church and a grown of glory to it.

Discussion for Revelation 12

  • Daniel
    Verse 17, Jesus indicates a remnant (remainder) woman (church) that is under attack by the dragon (satan) because the church remains faithful in keeping the ten commandments, including Sabbath commandment. And the church is concerned with prophecy (testimony of Jesus as told in Rev 19:10).
  • A disciple
    Things in the spiritual realm we have only a small glimpse into, but the images and teaching in this Prophecy give us much important knowledge. How Satan fell from heaven like lightning, and how he is still permitted to go about and deceive the Nations to bring all things to completion; we must leave in God's care. The Lord Jesus has given us authority in His Name over ALL the power of the enemy!
  • Dee
    satan and his angels were cast down, and no longer have the power that they possess as heavenly angels and now have to live on the earth with humans, who possesses all the power through the blood of the lamb, come to make war with the saints, to keep them from knowing they possess that power through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and away from following Christ. using humans....
  • SabbathkeeperandWife
    Pt 2- and IF you follow what this man does, you'll see that HE is the one who is calling those who keep God's commandments cowards, haters, fundamentalists and any thing else to cause dissention. He just met with Russian Orthodox, now they banned JWs and SDAs because he calls there evangelizing"terrorism". Then went to Poland and they implemented a Sunday law. Follow and see what he does. Peace
  • SabbathkeeperandWife
    anti-Christ is translated"instead of" or in His place. All this futurism fairy tale is designed to take your eyes of the guilty ones. A pagan-satan worshipping religion that's been around over 1000 yrs with it head man sitting on a throne calling himself God. They forgive sins in God's place too. Hint: they burned over 50 million protestants who said BIBLE ONLY at the stake. It is Rome...still
  • Karl
    to Diriba, you're not alone in trying to understand Revelation, When JESUS spoke to his disciples, it was in parables. The imagery of these passages are, I believe, such a parable. The dragon, satan and his forces, manifested and opposing the LORD and his. The war in heaven mirrored on earth, the same war on earth an echo of that heavenly battle. Take strength in that, hope that helps? - karl

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