Revelation 17:10


(KJV) And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
(1611 KJV) And there are seuen Kings, fiue are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come: and when he commeth, he must continue a short space.

Counterfeit Versions
(1881 RV) and they are seven kings; the five are fallen, the one is, the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a little while.
(ASV) and they are seven kings; the five are fallen, the one is, the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a little while.
(AMP) and they are seven kings: five of whom have fallen, one exists and is reigning; the other [the seventh] has not yet come, and when he does come, he must remain a little while.
(CEB) Five kings have fallen, the one is, and the other hasn’t yet come. When that king comes, he must remain for only a short time. (Adds they are seven kings in verse 9)
(CEV) Five of the kings are dead. One is ruling now, and the other one has not yet come. But when he does, he will rule for only a little while. (Adds they are seven kings in verse 9)
(DRA) Five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come: and when he is come, he must remain a short time. (Adds they are seven kings in verse 9)
(ERV) Five of the rulers have already died. One of the rulers lives now, and the last ruler is coming. When he comes, he will stay only a short time. (adds they are also seven rulers in verse 9)
(ESV) they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.
(GNB) five of them have fallen, one still rules, and the other one has not yet come; when he comes, he must rule only a little while. (They are also seven kings in added in verse 9)
(HCSB) They are also seven kings: Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet
(LEB) Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and whenever he comes it is necessary for him to remain a short time. (Adds and they are seven kings in verse 9)
(LB) They also represent seven kings. Five have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief.
(MSG) “But don’t drop your guard. Use your head. The seven heads are seven hills; they are where the woman sits. They are also seven kings: five dead, one living, the other not yet here—and when he does come his time will be brief. The Beast that once was and is no longer is both an eighth and one of the seven—and headed for Hell.
(NABRE) five have already fallen, one still lives, and the last has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain only a short while. (They also represent seven kings added in verse 9)
(NASV) and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.
(NCV) And they are seven kings. Five of the kings have already been destroyed, one of the kings lives now, and another has not yet come. When he comes, he must stay a short time.
(NET) five have fallen; one is, and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. (They are also seven kings added to verse 9)
(NIRV) They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is ruling, and the other has still not come. When he does come, he must remain for only a little while.
(NIV) They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.
(NLV) They are seven kings also. Five of them are no longer kings. The sixth one is now king. The seventh one will be king, but only for a little while.
(NLT) Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief. (They also represent seven kings aded to verse 9)
(NRSV) of whom five have fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a little while. (also, they are seven kings added to verse 9)
(RSV) they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain only a little while.
(VOICE) Five have fallen, one is alive, and the last has not yet come to reign. But when he does come, he will be allowed to reign only a short time. (They also stand for seven kings added to verse 9)

Textus Receptus-Traditional Text
και βασιλεις επτα εισιν οι πεντε επεσαν και ο εις εστιν ο αλλος ουπω ηλθεν και οταν ελθη ολιγον αυτον δει μειναι

Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
και βασιλεις επτα εισιν οι πεντε επεσαν ο εις εστιν ο αλλος ουπω ηλθεν και οταν ελθη ολιγον αυτον δει μειναι

Corrupted Manuscripts
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Affected Teaching
Now in this verse many have been trying to attach ancient world leaders to these seven kings. Some have even tried to attach the series of kingdoms mentioned in Scripture such as Babylon, Assyria, Rome, Egypt and others. Some prophetic preachers try to make this out to be a prophecy of a physical Anti-Christ who will rule the world in the future. However, what we have in this verse is a general description of leaders through which the beast has worked his evil. We do not know who they are but the numbers line up with the method of description we had in verse 8. Revelation 17:8 (KJV) The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The beast that thou sawest was - Five fallen kings
and is not - One is
and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit - the other is not yet and will continue for a short time

These seven kings represent a continuing rulership by the beast of governments and religions which persecute the Christians and this rulership will continue until the last day when the kingdom of Satan will be judged in its totality. Hence the number seven as being the perfect number which represents the kingdom of Satan in its entirety, and length of time of existence. Revelation 17:9 (KJV) And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.  The modern versions tend to make the mountains the seven kings. In verse 10 the Greek word is “eisen” translated “there are” and not “they are.” The kings are a separate symbol than the seven mountains and need to remain separated.

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