Revelation 17:7

“And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the Angel saide vnto mee, Wherefore didst thou marueile? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carieth her, which hath the seuen heads, and ten hornes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And the angel said to me, "Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou wonder? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the angel said to me, Why were you surprised? I will make clear to you the secret of the woman, and of the beast on which she is seated, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
- Basic English Bible

And the angel said to me, Why hast thou wondered? *I* will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast which carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
- Darby Bible

And the angel said to me, Why didst thou wonder? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
- Webster's Bible

Then the angel said to me, "Why are you so astonished? I will explain to you the secret meaning of the woman and of the seven-headed, ten-horned Wild Beast which carries her.
- Weymouth Bible

The angel said to me, "Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
- World English Bible

And the aungel seide to me, Whi wondrist thou? I schal seie to thee the sacrament yf the womman, and of the beeste that berith hir, that hath seuene heedis and ten hornes.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the messenger said to me, `Wherefore didst thou wonder? I -- I will tell thee the secret of the woman and of the beast that [is] carrying her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 17:7


17:7 I will tell thee the mystery - The hidden meaning of this.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 17:7


Re 17:7 I will tell thee the mystery of the woman. This is told in the latter portion of this chapter and in the next. And of the beast that carrieth her. For a full discussion of this seven-headed beast, see notes on Re 13:1-10.

Discussion for Revelation 17

  • Sakana
    As far as 7 mtns people bring up Rome (city on 7 hills) as Babylon, but really a 1-world system sits on 7 hills (continents, i.e. whole world). But if you need it literal, Israel ALSO sits on 7 hills. Mt. Zion, Mt Olivet and so on. Rev 11:8 shows us where 2 witnesses' bodies are lying, "where also our Lord was crucified." Jerusalem has always been focal point. Will be heart of 1-world system.
  • Word
    Babylon city of confusion scripture tells us Satan will be in Jerusalem claiming he is Christ. Satan as the false messiah can twist scripture faster than any of these preachers out here and he can make it sound so true when it's a lie but you can bet those preachers will jump on the antichrist wagon and bring all their ignorant sheep with them. Now if someone is smart they will hear two witnesses.
  • JCs
    It's Israel Jospehs dream- Revelation 12 and Revelation 14 Genesis 37 Why they going to hate her and burn her- When they say peace and security- ! When you see Israel surrounded know her desolation is near and when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the Holy ground know your redemption draws night-
  • James Tan.
    Could that Babylon mother of harlots be none other than Mecca? If we looked at the haj in Mecca.. the sea of ppl from above churning around the Kaaba resembles the sea. Babylon is none other than Mecca.. worshipping the meteor that fell from heaven which is found in the Kaaba.
  • James Fariello
    Rev 17:18 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. This sure sounds like NYC. The UN is there and reigns over the kings of the earth. Very clear and Rev 18 tells the story of the destruction of the USA and NYC. God is about to judge the USA. God please protect your children at this time.
  • Robert
    Revelation 17:8 says that 'the beast was', which means that he was alive, 'and is not', which means that he died, 'and yet is', which doesn't mean that he was raised from the dead, but rather that his activity is alive through his worshippers, and that his writing are still in existence. So, we have to look into history to know who he was, and realize that he is not actually alive today.

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