Revelation 17:3

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So he caried me away in the Spirit into the wildernesse: and I saw a woman sit vpō a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, hauing seuen heads, and ten hornes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he took me away in the Spirit into a waste land: and I saw a woman seated on a bright red beast, full of evil names, having seven heads and ten horns,
- Basic English Bible

And he carried me away in spirit to a desert; and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
- Darby Bible

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
- Webster's Bible

So he carried me away in the Spirit into a desert, and there I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored Wild Beast which was covered with names of blasphemy and had seven heads and ten horns.
- Weymouth Bible

He carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored animal, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.
- World English Bible

And he took me in to desert in spirit. And Y say a womman sittynge on a reed beeste, ful of names of blasfemye, hauynge seuene heedis, and ten hornes.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he carried me away to a wilderness in the Spirit, and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-coloured beast, full of names of evil-speaking, having seven heads and ten horns,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 17:3


17:3 And he carried me away - In the vision. Into a wilderness - The campagna di Roma, the country round about Rome, is now a wilderness, compared to what it was once. And I saw a woman - Both the scripture and other writers frequently represent a city under this emblem. Sitting upon a scarlet wild beast - The same which is described in the thirteenth chapter. #Rev 13:1 |- 18 But he was there described as he carried on his own designs only: here, as he is connected with the whore. There is, indeed, a very close connexion between them; the seven heads of the beast being seven hills on which the woman sitteth. And yet there is a very remarkable difference between them, - between the papal power and the city of Rome. This woman is the city of Rome, with its buildings and inhabitants; especially the nobles. The beast, which is now scarlet - coloured, (bearing the bloody livery, as well as the person, of the woman,) appears very different from before. Therefore St. John says at first sight, I saw a beast, not the beast, full of names of blasphemy - He had' before a name of blasphemy upon his head, #Rev 13:1:| now he has many. From the time of Hildebrand, the blasphemous titles of the Pope have been abundantly multiplied. Having seven heads - Which reach in a succession from his ascent out of the sea to his being cast into the lake of fire. And ten horns - Which are contemporary with each other, and belong to his last period.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 17:3


Re 17:3 He carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness. It is not explained why she is seen in a wilderness. Perhaps the thought is that her development was in obscurity and almost unnoticed until she had reached supreme power. I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-coloured beast. Supported by this beast. In chapter 13 I have discussed at length the meaning of this beast and of its seven heads. See notes on Re 13:1-10. And ten horns. The significance of these will be considered under Re 17:12.

Discussion for Revelation 17:3

  • Larry Cecil for verse 3
    Always amazed how the Angle of the Lord in Revelation explains the meaning in Chapter 17. However, thank God, the world is not able to understand it's true meaning. Revelation to me seems to be a book where it's contents cannot be understood unless one is "Born Again" and understand the role of the Holy Spirit in understanding scriptures. Spiritual interpretation, (revealing and guiding into all truth) is one aspect I love when reading scriptures and God's confirmation with it's meaning. Yes, we are in a spiritual war with dark forces in high places, but must be "wise as serpents but gentle as doves, (A.K.A. flying below the radar of the evil one). Keep the Faith Brothers and Sisters.
  • is not the beast a representation of the power of church and state united, being controlled by the papacy, the harlot. The scarlet color a symbol of the assumed power of church and state and also the symbol of the terrible persecution that has and will again occur when this beast again rises from the bottomless pit,when worldwide union of church and state occur when protestantism unites with the papacy controlling the governments of this world.

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