Revelation 12:16

“And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed vp the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the earth gave help to the woman, and with open mouth took up the river which the dragon sent out of his mouth.
- Basic English Bible

And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
- Darby Bible

And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
- Webster's Bible

But the earth came to the woman's help: it opened its mouth and drank up the river which the Dragon had poured from his mouth.
- Weymouth Bible

The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon spewed out of his mouth.
- World English Bible

And the erthe helpide the womman, and the erthe openyde his mouth, and soop up the flood, that the dragoun sente of his mouth.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the land did help the woman, and the land did open its mouth and did swallow up the river, that the dragon did cast forth out of his mouth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 12:16


Re 12:16 The earth helped the woman. In some way the flood of persecution was so hindered that it failed to accomplish the object. I believe this refers to the hindrances often interposed by secular powers to stay persecution. The Hussites protected themselves under Zisca by force of arms; the German princes protected Luther; the edict of Nantes gave French Protestants a rest. These were times when "the earth" drank up the flood.

Discussion for Revelation 12

  • Shanyn
    A war in heaven... pre-existing spirits. Taking up Gods side... those who didn't were cast out... 1/3 of the host/stars... out into the earth to torment those here who are on the Lords side. I've heard this somewhere before.. most importantly the affirmations of a preexisting state of the beings in heaven and now on the earth...
    There's a plan The Lord's plan... trust in Him, learn his plan

  • Steve
    In short, the purpose of this passage is for encouragement. The woman represents the group of believers; the dragon represents the pagan empire during Constantine's Christian conversion. This dragon is very same 4th beast in Daniel. Revelations describes Daniel's fourth beast in various phases until it develops into the Holy Roman Empire. This is God contrasting his kingdom to man's kingdom.
  • A disciple
    DON"T BE A FOOL! How many self-seeking false prophets have to make a fool of themselves and everyone who listens to them, before the words of our Lord are believed and obeyed? "No man knows the day nor the hour when the Son of Man returns; only the Father! The vision and the sign describes the true state of the world, and the reason for what things tale place. IT'S NOT to decrypt some hocus pocus!
  • Yarah Sakal
    Chapter 12 has parallel meanings but most importantly it is a sign. The sign is in the heavens and refers to the celestial alignment taking place on September 23, 2017. Many feel it is pointing to the Rapture because of the context of the vision. What is important is not if the Rapture happens at that point since we should always be ready for that amazing "twinkling of an eye".
  • John
    Looks to me like God cleaned house in Heaven and figured it's time for man to do the same under the pretense and directive of God to be the hands and feet to ensure Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
  • BSP
    Verse 12 shows how angry Satan is that he has been thrown out of heaven. He has not given up in his fight to turn as many away as possible.

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