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Revelation 9:3-4

9:3 Then 1  out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 2  like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 3  were told 4  not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 5  who did not have the seal of God on their 6  forehead.

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

2 tn See BDAG 352 s.v. ἐξουσία 2, “potential or resource to command, control, or govern, capability, might, power.

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

4 tn The dative indirect object (αὐταῖς, autais) was converted into the subject (“they”) as this more closely approximates English usage. The following ἵ῞να (Jina) is taken as substantival, introducing a direct object clause. In this case, because it is reported speech, the ἵνα is similar to the declarative ὅτι (Joti).

5 tn Grk “men”; but ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used in a generic sense here of both men and women.

6 tn The article τῶν (twn) has been translated as a possessive pronoun here (ExSyn 215).

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