Locusts came out of the smoke (Rev 9:3)

“Then from the smoke

Came locusts

On the earth.

They were given authority,

Like the authority

Of the scorpions

Of the earth.”

καὶ ἐκ τοῦ καπνοῦ ἐξῆλθον ἀκρίδες εἰς τὴν γῆν, καὶ ἐδόθη αὐτοῖς ἐξουσία ὡς ἔχουσιν ἐξουσίαν οἱ σκορπίοι τῆς γῆς.

John said, “Then from the smoke (καὶ ἐκ τοῦ καπνοῦ) came (ἐξῆλθον) locusts (ἀκρίδες) on the earth (εἰς τὴν γῆν).  They were given authority (καὶ ἐδόθη αὐτοῖς ἐξουσία), like the authority (ὡς ἔχουσιν ἐξουσίαν) of scorpions (οἱ σκορπίοι) of the earth (τῆς γῆς).”  John said that the smoke from the bottomless pit turned into locusts.  Locusts were a common enemy of the Israelites.  Somehow, these swarms of locusts had as much authority as the king scorpions who have an existence of over a couple thousand years old on earth.  This was not something good.  Have you ever seen a swarm of locusts?

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