Stinger tails (Rev 9:10)

“They have tails

Like scorpions,

With stingers.

In their tails

Is their power

To harm people

For five months.”

καὶ ἔχουσιν οὐρὰς ὁμοίας σκορπίοις καὶ κέντρα, καὶ ἐν ταῖς οὐραῖς αὐτῶν ἡ ἐξουσία αὐτῶν ἀδικῆσαι τοὺς ἀνθρώπους μῆνας πέντε.

John said, “They have tails (καὶ ἔχουσιν οὐρὰς) like scorpions (ὁμοίας σκορπίοις), with stingers (καὶ κέντρα).  In their tails (καὶ ἐν ταῖς οὐραῖς αὐτῶν) is their power (ἡ ἐξουσία αὐτῶν) to harm (ἀδικῆσαι) people (τοὺς ἀνθρώπους) for five months (μῆνας πέντε).”  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 οὐρὰς or οὐραῖς, that means tail.  Finally, John got to describe their stinger tails that were like scorpion tails that lasted for five months, the normal life cycle of a locust.  All their power to inflect harm and annoyance on humans was in their stinging tails.  What do you know about being stung?


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