The blazing falling star was called “Wormwood” (Rev 8:11)

“The name

Of the star

Was called


A third of the waters

Became wormwood.

Many died

From the water,

Because it was made


καὶ τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ ἀστέρος λέγεται Ὁ Ἄψινθος. καὶ ἐγένετο τὸ τρίτον τῶν ὑδάτων εἰς ἄψινθον, καὶ πολλοὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἀπέθανον ἐκ τῶν ὑδάτων ὅτι ἐπικράνθησαν.

John said, “The name (καὶ τὸ ὄνομα) of the star (τοῦ ἀστέρος) was called (λέγεται) “Wormwood (Ὁ Ἄψινθος)”.  A third (τὸ τρίτον) of the waters (τῶν ὑδάτων) became (καὶ ἐγένετο) wormwood (εἰς ἄψινθον).  Many people (καὶ πολλοὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων) died (ἀπέθανον) from the water (ἐκ τῶν ὑδάτων), because it was made bitter (ὅτι ἐπικράνθησαν).”  This is the only use of this Greek word that appears only in Revelation and not in any other canonical biblical NT writing, the word Ἄψινθος or ἄψινθον, that means a bitter plant known as “wormwood”.  John then explained that this blazing star that fell from heaven was named wormwood.  Once again, it only had an impact on one out of every three waters.  Nevertheless, a lot of people died from this bitter wormwood water.  Are you familiar with wormwood?

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