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Revelation 16:21


And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 1  each, fell from heaven 2  on people, 3  but they 4  blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 5  was so horrendous. 6 


Ex 9:23-26; Jos 10:11; Isa 8:21; Isa 30:30; Eze 13:11,13; Eze 38:21,22; Re 8:7; Re 11:19; Re 16:9,11

NET © Notes

tn Here BDAG 988 s.v. ταλαντιαῖος states, “weighing a talentχάλαζα μεγάλη ὡς ταλαντιαία a severe hailstorm with hailstones weighing a talent (the talent=125 librae, or Roman pounds of c. 343 gr. or 12 ounces each) (weighing about a hundred pounds NRSV) Rv 16:21.” This means each hailstone would weigh just under 100 pounds or 40 kilograms.

tn Or “the sky.” Due to the apocalyptic nature of this book, it is probably best to leave the translation as “from heaven,” since God is ultimately the source of the judgment.

tn Grk “on men,” but ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used here in a generic sense to refer to people in general (the hailstones did not single out adult males, but would have also fallen on women and children).

tn Grk “the men”; for stylistic reasons the pronoun “they” is used here.

tn Grk “the plague of it.”

tn Grk “since the plague of it was exceedingly great.”

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