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Revelation 17:12

    Revelation 17:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which still have been given no kingdom; but they are given authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

    Webster's Revision

    And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

    World English Bible

    The ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 17:12

    And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast - The meaning of horns has already been defined when speaking of those of the dragon. The meaning is therefore as follows: Though the Latin empire be now in existence, the ten horns refer to ten Latin kingdoms yet in futurity, and consequently they have received no dominion As Yet; for that part of the Latin domination now in power is the sixth head, or imperial government of the heathen Caesars. But the ten states of the Latins receive dominion as monarchies μιαν ὡραν, one time, (as it may be properly translated), i.e., at the same time with the beast, or that which ascendeth out of the bottomless pit; consequently, the Latin empire here intended is the one which was in futurity in the apostolic age.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 17:12

    And the ten horns which thou sawest - On the scarlet-colored beast, Revelation 17:3.

    Are ten kings - Represent or denote ten kings - that is, kingdoms or powers. See the notes on Daniel 7:24.

    Which have received no kingdom as yet - That is, they were not in existence when John wrote. It is implied, that during the period under review they would arise, and would become connected, in an important sense, with the power here represented by the "beast." For a full illustration respecting the ten "kings," or kingdoms here referred to, see the notes on Daniel 7, at the close of the chapter, II.((2).

    But receive power - It is not said from what source this power is received, but it is simply implied that it would in fact be conferred on them.

    As kings - That is, the power would be what is usually exercised by kings.

    One hour - It cannot be supposed that this is to be taken literally. The meaning clearly is, that this would be brief and temporary; that is, it was a form of administration which would be succeeded by one more fixed and permanent. Anyone can see that, in fact, this is strictly applicable to the governments, as referred to in the notes on Daniel, which sprang up after the incursion of the northern barbarians, and which were finally succeeded by the permanent forms of government in Europe. Most of them were very brief in their duration, and they were soon remodelled in the forms of permanent administration. Thus, to take the arrangement proposed by Sir Isaac Newton:

    (1) the kingdom of the Vandals and Alans in Spain and Africa;

    (2) the kingdom of the Suevians in Spain;

    (3) the kingdom of the Visigoths;

    (4) the kingdom of the Alans in Gallia;

    (5) the kingdom of the Burgundians;

    (6) the kingdom of the Franks;

    (7) the kingdom of the Britons;

    (8) the kingdom of the Huns;

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