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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Revelation 17

 

 

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Introduction
1A woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, with a golden cup in her hand sits upon the beast;
5which is great Babylon, the mother of all abominations.
9The interpretation of the seven heads;
12and the ten horns.
14The victory of the Lamb.
16The punishment of the whore.

Verse 1
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
one
15:1,6; 17:1-17; 21:9
talked
4:1; 21:15; Luke 9:30; 24:32
I will
16:19; 18:16-19
the great
4,5,15,16; 19:2; Isaiah 57:3; Nahum 3:4,5
that sitteth
15; Jeremiah 51:13

Verse 2
With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
13,17; 14:8; 18:3,9,23; Jeremiah 51:7

Verse 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.
he carried
1:10; 4:2; 21:10; 1 Kings 18:12; 2 Kings 2:16; Ezekiel 3:12; 8:3; 11:24; Acts 8:39
into
12:6,14; Song of Solomon 8:5
a woman
4,6,18; 12:3
full
13:1-6; Daniel 7:8,20,25; 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:4
having
9-12; 12:3; 13:1

Verse 4
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
arrayed
18:7,12,16
decked
Gr. gilded.
Daniel 11:38
golden
14:8; 18:6; 19:2; Jeremiah 51:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10
abominations
Deuteronomy 29:17; 1 Kings 14:24; 2 Kings 21:2; Isaiah 66:3; Ezekiel 20:30; Hosea 9:10
filthiness
Ezra 9:11; Lamentations 1:9; Ezekiel 24:11,13; 36:25

Verse 5
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
upon
7:3; Isaiah 3:9; Philippians 3:19
MYSTERY
2 Thessalonians 2:7; 2 Timothy 3:1-5
BABYLON
11:8; 14:8; 16:19; 18:2,10,21; Jeremiah 51:47,48
THE MOTHER
18:9; 19:2
HARLOTS
or, fornications.

Verse 6
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
drunken
13:7,15; 16:6; 18:20-24; Daniel 7:21,25
the martyrs
2:13; 6:9,10; 12:11; Acts 22:20
I wondered
Habakkuk 1:13

Verse 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.
I will
1-6,8

Verse 8
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
beast that thou
9:2; 11:7; 13:1-11
go
11; 14:8-20; 16:1-18; 19:15-21; 20:10; Daniel 7:11,26; 11:45; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8
shall wonder
13:3,4
whose
13:8; 20:12,15
from
Matthew 25:34; John 17:24; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:4; Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:20
the beast that was
13:1-4,11,12

Verse 9
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
here
13:18; Daniel 12:4,8-10; Hosea 14:9; Matthew 13:11; 24:15
The seven
3,7,18; 13:1

Verse 10
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
10

Verse 11
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
that was
8

Verse 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 ten
12:3; 13:1; Daniel 2:40-43; 7:7,8,20,24; Zechariah 1:18-21

Verse 13
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
one
Philippians 1:27; 2:2
shall
17; Isaiah 10:5-7; Ezekiel 38:10; Acts 4:28

Verse 14
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
shall make
11:7; 8:6,7; 16:14; 19:15-21; Daniel 7:21,25; 11:9-12,24,25; Zechariah 2:8; Matthew 25:40; Acts 9:4,5
the Lamb shall
6:12-17; Psalms 2:8,9; 21:8-12; 110:5; Jeremiah 50:44; Daniel 2:44; 7:26,27; 1 Corinthians 15:24
Lord
1:5; 19:16; Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalms 136:2,3; Proverbs 8:15,16; Daniel 2:47; 1 Timothy 6:15
and they
14:1-4; 19:14; Psalms 149:5-9; Jeremiah 1:15,19; Micah 5:7-9; John 15:16; Romans 8:30; 8:37; 2 Timothy 2:4; Hebrews 3:1,2; 1 Peter 2:9
and faithful
2:10

Verse 15
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
The waters
1; Psalms 18:4; 65:7; 93:3-4; Isaiah 8:7,8; Jeremiah 51:13,42,55
are
10:11; 11:9; 13:7,8

Verse 16
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
the ten
2,10,12
these
1,2,13; 16:12; Isaiah 13:17,18; Jeremiah 50:41,42
and naked
18:16,17; Ezekiel 16:37-44; 23:45-49
eat
Job 31:31; Psalms 27:2; Daniel 7:5
and burn
18:8,16; Leviticus 21:9

Verse 17
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
God hath
13; Acts 4:27,28
put
Ezra 7:27; Psalms 105:25; Proverbs 21:1; Jeremiah 32:40; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; James 1:13-17
to fulfil
Luke 22:3,22,37; John 13:2,18
until
6:11; 10:7; 15:1; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 45:17; 46:10,11; Jeremiah 27:6,7; Ezekiel 38:16,17; Daniel 12:7; John 10:35; 12:39,40; 19:24,28

Verse 18
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
the woman
16:19; 18:2; Daniel 2:40,41; 7:23; Luke 2:1
which reigneth
12:4

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 17:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-17.html.

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