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Revelation 12:1-2

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12:1 Then 1  a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars. 2  12:2 She 3  was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 4  to give birth.

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence within the narrative.

2 sn Sunmoonstars. This imagery is frequently identified with the nation Israel because of Joseph’s dream in Gen 37.

3 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.

4 tn Grk “and being tortured,” though βασανίζω (basanizw) in this context refers to birth pangs. BDAG 168 s.v. 2.b states, “Of birth-pangs (Anth. Pal. 9, 311 βάσανος has this mng.) Rv 12:2.” The καί (kai) has not been translated.

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