Revelation 13:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 13:6, NIV: It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.

Revelation 13:6, ESV: It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

Revelation 13:6, KJV: And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Revelation 13:6, NASB: And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

Revelation 13:6, NLT: And he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and his dwelling--that is, those who dwell in heaven.

Revelation 13:6, CSB: It began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme his name and his dwelling--those who dwell in heaven.

What does Revelation 13:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The beast depicted here is the end-times figure known as the Antichrist. He shows utter contempt for God, insulting God by declaring himself divine (2 Thessalonians 2:4). The beast blasphemes not only God but also those who dwell in heaven. In Psalm 73, Asaph described arrogant, prosperous people as setting their mouths against the heavens (Psalm 73:9). And Psalm 74:18 calls "foolish" those who revile the name of God. The beast will blaspheme God and display enormous pride, but he is foolish to do so and ultimately will discover where his foolishness lands him.

In Leviticus, God pronounced the death penalty for anyone who blasphemed His name. He said, "Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him" (Leviticus 24:16). The Lord will put a sudden end to the beast's blasphemy by consigning him to eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20).

First Timothy 1:20 names two men, Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom Paul handed over to Satan so they would learn not to blaspheme. These scriptural references show how seriously God responds to blasphemy.