200,000,000 troops (Rev 9:16)

“The number

Of the troops

Of the cavalry

Was two hundred million.

I heard

Their number.”

καὶ ὁ ἀριθμὸς τῶν στρατευμάτων τοῦ ἱππικοῦ δισμυριάδες μυριάδων· ἤκουσα τὸν ἀριθμὸν αὐτῶν.

John said, “The number (καὶ ὁ ἀριθμὸς) of the troops (τῶν στρατευμάτων) of the cavalry (τοῦ ἱππικοῦ) was two hundred million (δισμυριάδες μυριάδων).  I heard (ἤκουσα) their number (τὸν ἀριθμὸν αὐτῶν).”  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 ἱππικοῦ, that means cavalry.  John said that he heard the number of troops in this cavalry.  Literally, it was twice ten thousand times ten thousand, that is 200,000,000, two hundred million troops.  Where they came from and who they were is not clear.  Certainly, this was quite a lot of cavalry troops.  What is the biggest army that you ever saw?

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