3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, 3 holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne.
6 The seven angels who were holding the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
7 When the first one blew his trumpet, there came hail and fire mixed with blood, which was hurled down to the earth. A third of the land was burned up, along with a third of the trees and all green grass. 4
8 5 When the second angel blew his trumpet, something like a large burning mountain was hurled into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood,
9 a third of the creatures living in the sea 6 died, and a third of the ships were wrecked.
11 The star was called ＂Wormwood,＂ 7 and a third of all the water turned to wormwood. Many people died from this water, because it was made bitter.
12 When the fourth angel blew his trumpet, a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them became dark. The day lost its light for a third of the time, as did the night.
13 Then I looked again and heard an eagle flying high overhead cry out in a loud voice, ＂Woe! Woe! Woe 8 to the inhabitants of the earth from the rest of the trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to blow!＂
1 [1-13] The breaking of the seventh seal produces at first silence and then seven symbolic disasters, each announced by a trumpet blast, of which the first four form a unit as did the first four seals. A minor liturgy (Rev 8:3-5) is enclosed by a vision of seven angels (Rev 8:2, 6). Then follow the first four trumpet blasts, each heralding catastrophes modeled on the plagues of
3  Altar: there seems to be only one altar in the heavenly temple, corresponding to the altar of holocausts in Rev 6:9, and here to the altar of incense in Jerusalem; cf also Rev 9:13; 11:1; 14:18; 16:7.
6  Creatures living in the sea: literally, ＂creatures in the sea that had souls.＂
8  Woe! Woe! Woe: each of the three woes pronounced by the angel represents a separate disaster; cf Rev 9:12; 11:14. The final woe, released by the seventh trumpet blast, includes the plagues of Rev 16.