Revelation 12:4

“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And his taile drew the third part of the starres of heauen, and did cast them to the earth: And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be deliuered, for to deuoure her childe as soone as it was borne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And his tail draweth the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And his tail was pulling a third part of the stars of heaven down to the earth, and the dragon took his place before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when the birth had taken place he might put an end to her child.
- Basic English Bible

and his tail draws the third part of the stars of the heaven; and he cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bring forth, in order that when she brought forth he might devour her child.
- Darby Bible

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered, to devour her child as soon as it was born.
- Webster's Bible

His tail was drawing after it a third part of the stars of Heaven, and it dashed them to the ground. And in front of the woman who was about to become a mother, the Dragon was standing in order to devour the child as soon as it was born.
- Weymouth Bible

His tail drew one third of the stars of the sky, and threw them to the earth. The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
- World English Bible

And the tail of hym drow the thridde part of sterris of heuene, and sente hem in to the erthe. And the dragoun stood bifore the womman, that was to berynge child, that whanne sche hadde borun child, he schulde deuoure hir sone.
- Wycliffe Bible

and his tail doth draw the third of the stars of the heaven, and he did cast them to the earth; and the dragon did stand before the woman who is about to bring forth, that when she may bring forth, her child he may devour;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 12:4


12:4 And his tail - His falsehood and subtilty. Draweth - As a train. The third part - A very large number. Of the stars of heaven - The Christians and their teachers, who before sat in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. And casteth them to the earth - Utterly deprives them of all those heavenly blessings. This is properly a part of the description of the dragon, who was not yet himself on earth, but in heaven: consequently, this casting them down was between the beginning of the seventh trumpet and the beginning of the third woe; or between the year 847 and the year 947; at which time pestilent doctrines, particularly that of the Manichees in the east, drew abundance of people from the truth. And the dragon stood before the woman, that when she had brought forth, he might devour the child - That he might hinder the kingdom of Christ from spreading abroad, as it does under this trumpet.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 12:4


Re 12:4 And his tail drew a third part of the stars. This may indicate the great power of the dragon. Perhaps it has a more particular meaning. We have found under Re 8:7 9:18 that the old Roman world was divided into three parts, that the term "third part" was used of these divisions (also see topic 9706). In the early part of the fourth century, when the great triumph of Christianity over Paganism was about to be realized, the Roman world shows this division; in two parts toleration is shown; in the remaining "third part" there is the most bitter persecution, and finally the ruler of this part, Maximus, enters upon war with Constantine with the vow that if successful he will restore everywhere the old Pagan religion. This may be symbolized. And the dragon stood before the woman. This symbolizes an effort to destroy the saints, the seed of the woman, the children of the Church.

Discussion for Revelation 12

  • Puwahmah
    And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
    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.
    17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and ha
  • Alex
    the Woman answers to humanity,God so LOVED THE WORLD etc. SHE HAS BEEN IMPREGNATED BY THAT GOOD SEED THE WORD. YA MEMBER JESUS SAID THE FIELD IS THE WORLD WHERE THAT GOOD SEED WILL BE SOWN, THATS Y THE PROPHETS SAW THE WORLD HUMANITY IN TRAVAIL/ Birth pains. THE WOMAN ANSWERS TO EVERYBODY MEANING US ,UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN UNLESS YOU RECEIVE THE KINGDOM AS A LIL CHILD ETC.
  • A disciple
    Steve; The United States is definitely WITHOUT A DOUBT mentioned in the Scriptures! The Beast that first arose from out of the earth left an irreversible damage upon the psyche of mankind rendering the whole world heathen and in a defiant and disobedient rage against the heavens till Christ comes. The transgressors are coming quickly to the full, and the many have already turned away after Satan.
  • Steve
    The woman in verse 14 is of course Israel. In the final 3.5 years of the great tribulation, she (Israel) will take flight on the wings of a great eagle (possibly the USA will help) to flee from the serpent. America is not specifically mentioned in prophecy, but the eagle may represent America. Israel will actually flee to Jordan and Saudi Arabia who will sustain them. Hard to believe, but true.
  • Obbie Beal

    17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" ... This verse (17 above) is 'WOW' because 'most in the USA is not prepare for the 'to-kill-you- battles' the dragon is about to bring to our front door. Yes, many are already fighting, but the worse is yet to come in USA, WOW!
  • Lucy
    Cheryl, while Satan was banished in the beginning for rebellion, once he tempted Adam and Eve to sin, he returned to Heaven's counsels as their accuser and Earth's representative. The casting out of vs. 9 means that after Jesus died on the Cross, Satan could no longer enter Heaven to accuse human beings to God. Instead, he turned his attention to persecuting God's people on Earth.

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