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Revelation 11:18

ESV The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
NIV The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth.'
NASB And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.'
CSB The nations were angry, but your wrath has come. The time has come for the dead to be judged and to give the reward to your servants the prophets, to the saints, and to those who fear your name, both small and great, and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth.
NLT The nations were filled with wrath, but now the time of your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants the prophets, as well as your holy people, and all who fear your name, from the least to the greatest. It is time to destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth.'
KJV And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

What does Revelation 11:18 mean?

The twenty-four elders continue their worship by recalling how the nations raged, but God's wrath came. This part of their praise reads like Psalm 2. The psalmists asked, "Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, 'Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us'" (Psalm 2:1–3). However, the Lord laughs at the nations' plot and will "terrify them in his fury" (Psalm 2:4–5). The elders' worship anticipates the event described in Revelation 19, in which Jesus returns from heaven and utterly destroys His foes.

The elders' words of worship also anticipate Jesus' rewarding of His servants. Jesus promised in Revelation 22:12, "Behold, I am coming soon, bring my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done." The destroyers of the earth, as Revelation 11:18 indicates, will be repaid at that time with destruction.
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