17:3 So 1 he carried me away in the Spirit 2 to a wilderness, 3 and there 4 I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.
17:7 But 5 the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 6 for you the mystery of the woman and of the beast with the seven heads and ten horns that carries her.
17:18 As for 7 the woman you saw, she is the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”
1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of the angel’s invitation to witness the fate of the prostitute.
2 tn Or “in the spirit.” “Spirit” could refer either to the Holy Spirit or the human spirit, but in either case John was in “a state of spiritual exaltation best described as a trance” (R. H. Mounce, Revelation [NICNT], 75).
3 tn Or “desert.”
4 tn The word “there” is not in the Greek text, but is supplied for stylistic reasons.
5 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.
6 tn Grk “I will tell you,” but since what follows is the angel’s interpretation of the vision, “interpret for you” is the preferred translation here.
7 tn Grk “And.” Because this remark is somewhat resumptive in nature, “as for” is used in the translation.