Revelation 16:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 16:11, NIV: and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

Revelation 16:11, ESV: and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

Revelation 16:11, KJV: And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Revelation 16:11, NASB: and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

Revelation 16:11, NLT: and they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.

Revelation 16:11, CSB: and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they did not repent of their works.

What does Revelation 16:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse reports that the people who experienced painful sores (Revelation 16:2) curse the God of heaven. Clearly, they know God exists and dwells in heaven. But they reject the light that shows them who God is. The fact that they curse God shows how hard and wicked their hearts are. Their hearts are, as Jeremiah 17:9 says, "deceitful above all things, and desperately sick."

These people languish from a severe physical condition—painful sores—but their spiritual condition is far worse. Instead of turning to God and repenting of their evil ways, they turn against Him defiantly and refuse to repent. They are forever set in their opposition to God, and they will suffer eternally in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). Jesus predicted this condemnation by telling His audience, "Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). Fortunately, God forgives even the foulest sinner who repents and trusts in Jesus as Savior (1 Timothy 1:15).