13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 1 to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him?” 2
13:14 and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he deceived those who live on the earth. He told 3 those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived.
1 tn For the translation “ruling authority” for ἐξουσία (exousia) see L&N 37.35.
3 tn Grk “earth, telling.” This is a continuation of the previous sentence in Greek.
sn He told followed by an infinitive (“to make an image…”) is sufficiently ambiguous in Greek that it could be taken as “he ordered” (so NIV) or “he persuaded” (so REB).