of St. John the Divine
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard, as it were a voice of thunder, one of the four living creatures saying, Come.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second creature say, Come.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and it was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that men should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third creature say, Come. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures say, A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth creature say, Come.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with famine, and with pestilence, and with the beasts of the earth.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed even as they were, should be fulfilled.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the full moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her unripened figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the chief captains and the rich men, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of their wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
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