20:7 Now 1 when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 2 the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 3 to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 4 20:9 They 5 went up 6 on the broad plain of the earth 7 and encircled 8 the camp 9 of the saints and the beloved city, but 10 fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 11 20:10 And the devil who deceived 12 them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 13 where the beast and the false prophet are 14 too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.
1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the transition to a new topic.
2 tn Or “mislead.”
5 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
6 tn The shift here to past tense reflects the Greek text.
7 tn On the phrase “broad plain of the earth” BDAG 823 s.v. πλάτος states, “τὸ πλάτος τῆς γῆς Rv 20:9 comes fr. the OT (Da 12:2 LXX. Cp. Hab 1:6; Sir 1:3), but the sense is not clear: breadth = the broad plain of the earth is perh. meant to provide room for the countless enemies of God vs. 8, but the ‘going up’ is better suited to Satan (vs. 7) who has recently been freed, and who comes up again fr. the abyss (vs. 3).” The referent here thus appears to be a plain large enough to accommodate the numberless hoards that have drawn up for battle against the Lord Christ and his saints.
8 tn Or “surrounded.”
9 tn On the term παρεμβολή (parembolh) BDAG 775 s.v. states, “Mostly used as a military t.t.…so always in our lit.…1. a (fortified) camp…ἡ παρεμβολὴ τῶν ἁγίων Rv 20:9 is also to be understood fr. the OT use of the word.”
10 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.
11 tn See L&N 20.45 for the translation of κατεσθίω (katesqiw) as “to destroy utterly, to consume completely.”
12 tn Or “misled.”
13 tn Traditionally, “brimstone.”
14 tn The verb in this clause is elided. In keeping with the previous past tenses some translations supply a past tense verb here (“were”), but in view of the future tense that follows (“they will be tormented”), a present tense verb was used to provide a transition from the previous past tense to the future tense that follows.