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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Revelation 16:16


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    King James Bible - Revelation 16:16

    And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

    World English Bible

    He gathered them together into the
    place which is called in Hebrew, Megiddo.

    Douay-Rheims - Revelation 16:16

    And he shall gather them together into a
    place, which in Hebrew is called Armagedon.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And he gathered them into a
    place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    VERSE (16) -
    Re 17:14; 19:17-21 Jud 4:7 Joe 3:9-14 Zec 14:2,3

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 16:16

    Y los congreg en el lugar que en hebreo se llama Armagedn.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Revelation 16:16

    Verse 16.
    Armageddon.] The original of this word has been variously formed, and variously translated. It is wdgm rh har-megiddon, "the mount of the assembly;" or whdg hmrj chormah gedehon, "the destruction of their army;" or it is wdgm rh har-megiddo, "Mount Megiddo," the valley of which was remarkable for two great slaughters: one of the Israelites, 2 Kings xxiii. 29, the other of the Canaanites, Judg. iv. 16; v. 19. But Mount Megiddo, that is Carmel, is the place, according to some, where these armies should be collected.

    But what is the battle of Armageddon? How ridiculous have been the conjectures of men relative to this point! Within the last twenty years this battle has been fought at various places, according to our purblind seers and self-inspired prophets! At one time it was Austerlitz, at another Moscow, at another Leipsic, and now Waterloo! And thus they have gone on, and will go on, confounding and being confounded.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 16. And he gathered them together , etc.] Or rather they gathered them together, as the Syriac version renders it; for though the verb is singular, a noun plural goes before it, as in ( Revelation 16:14) and the same spirits that are there said to go forth, to gather the kings gether, these will gather them together; will persuade the Papal, Pagan, and Mahometan powers, the remains of them in the several parts of the world, to join together, and make one effort for the reviving of their declining, and almost ruined interests: for which purpose they will be brought together, into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon ; which may be the same with Har-megiddo, the mountain of Megiddo; for the Hebrew word rh is read Ar by the Greeks; so the city Argarize is interpreted the mountain of the most High f389 : and this refers either to the slaying of Josiah in the valley of Megiddo, which occasioned such mourning, that it became proverbial for any great sorrow; (see 2 Chronicles 35:22,25 Zechariah 12:11) where it is called the valley of Megiddon; or rather to the slaughter of Sisera's army at the waters of Megiddo, by Barak, ( Judges 5:19) suggesting that the same would be the fate of these united powers. Some derive the word from whdg and amrj , which signify the destruction of their troops, or armies; and so designs not any place, that has been or is, but which will be so called from the issue of this battle; and since it is an Hebrew name that will be given it, it may lead us to conclude it will be somewhere in Judea, and very likely no other than the valley of Jehoshaphat, where all nations will be gathered; and which is called the valley of decision, where will be the day of the Lord, and multitudes will be slain, ( Joel 3:2,13,14) though the name will suit any place where there will be a defeat of these enemies; but this vial only brings them together; the utter destruction of them is reserved for the next.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 12-16 - This probably shows the
    destruction of the Turkish power, and of idolatry, and that a way will be made for the return of the Jews. Or take it for Rome, as mystical Babylon, the name of Babylon being pu for Rome, which was meant, but was not then to be directly named. When Rome is destroyed, her river and merchandise must suffer with her. An perhaps a way will be opened for the eastern nations to come into the church of Christ. The great dragon will collect all his forces, to make one desperate struggle before all be lost. God warns of this grea trial, to engage his people to prepare for it. These will be times of great temptation; therefore Christ, by his apostle, calls on his professed servants to expect his sudden coming, and to watch that the might not be put to shame, as apostates or hypocrites. Howeve Christians differ, as to their views of the times and seasons of event yet to be brought to pass, on this one point all are agreed, Jesu Christ, the Lord of glory, will suddenly come again to judge the world To those living near to Christ, it is an object of joyful hope an expectation, and delay is not desired by them.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    16.
    Armageddon. The proper Greek form #Ar Magedwn. The word is compounded of the Hebrew Har mountain, and Megiddon or Megiddo: the mountain of Megiddo. On Megiddo standing alone see Judg. i. 27; 1 Kings iv. 12; ix. 15; 2 Kings ix. 27. See also Judg. v. 19; Zech. xii. 11; 2 Chronicles xxxv. 22; 2 Kings xxiii. 30. "Bounded as it is by the hills of Palestine on both north and south, it would naturally become the arena of war between the lowlanders who trusted in their chariots, and the Israelite highlanders of the neighboring heights. To this cause mainly it owes its celebrity, as the battle-field of the world, which has, through its adoption into the language of Revelation, passed into an universal proverb. If that mysterious book proceeded from the hand of a Galilean fisherman, it is the more easy to understand why, with the scene of those many battles constantly before him, he should have drawn the figurative name of the final conflict between the hosts of good and evil, from the 'place which is called in the Hebrew tongue Harmagedon'" (Stanley, "Sinai and Palestine").

    Megiddo was in the plain of Esdraelon, "which has been a chosen place for encampment in every contest carried on in Palestine from the days of Nabuchodonozor king of Assyria, unto the disastrous march of Napoleon Buonaparte from Egypt into Syria. Jews, Gentiles, Saracens, Christian crusaders, and anti Christian Frenchmen; Egyptians, Persians, Druses, Turks, and Arabs, warriors of every nation that is under heaven, have pitched their tents on the plain of Esdraelon, and have beheld the banners of their nation wet with the dews of Tabor and Hermon" ("Clarke's Travels," cit. by Lee). See Thomson's "Land and Book" (Central Palestine and Phoenicia), p. 208 sqq.; and Stanley, "Sinai and Palestine," ch. ix. Two great slaughters at Megiddo are mentioned in the Old Testament; the first celebrated in the Song of Deborah (Judg. v. 19), and the second, that in which king Josiah fell (2 Kings xxiii. 29). Both these may have been present to the seer's mind; but the allusion is not to any particular place or event. "The word, like Euphrates, is the expression of an idea; the idea that swift and overwhelming destruction shall overtake all who gather themselves together against the Lord" (Milligan).



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