The Book of Revelation 16:8-9

The Fourth Vial

8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”

(Rev 16:8-9 KJV)

The sun’s heat will increase to the point that it will scorch men. Man will know that, just like the other vials, it is from God and that God has the power to stop the heat if they repent. Instead of repenting they will blaspheme God and will not honor Him.


Scorch – 2739 καυματίζωkaumatizo {kow-mat-id’-zo}

Meaning:  1) to burn with heat, to scorch 2) to be tortured with intense heat

Origin:  from 2738; TDNT – 3:643,423; v

Usage:  AV – scorch 4; 4

Blaspheme – 987 βλασφημέωblasphemeo {blas-fay-meh’-o}

Meaning:  1) to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme 2) to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at

Origin:  from 989; TDNT – 1:621,107; v

Usage:  AV – blaspheme 17, speak evil of 10, rail on 2, blasphemer 1, speak blasphemy 1, blasphemously 1, misc 3; 35

Power – 1849 ἐξουσίαexousia {ex-oo-see’-ah}

Meaning:  1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases 1a) leave or permission 2) physical and mental power 2a) the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises 3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege) 4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed) 4a) universally 4a1) authority over mankind 4b) specifically 4b1) the power of judicial decisions 4b2) of authority to manage domestic affairs 4c) metonymically 4c1) a thing subject to authority or rule 4c1a) jurisdiction 4c2) one who possesses authority 4c2a) a ruler, a human magistrate 4c2b) the leading and more powerful among created beings superior to man, spiritual potentates 4d) a sign of the husband’s authority over his wife 4d1) the veil with which propriety required a women to cover herself 4e) the sign of regal authority, a crown

Origin:  from 1832 (in the sense of ability); TDNT – 2:562,238; n f

Usage:  AV – power 69, authority 29, right 2, liberty 1, jurisdiction 1, strength 1; 103

Misc:  For Synonyms see entry 5820


1 scorched: or, burned

Plagues – 4127 πληγήplege {play-gay’}

Meaning:  1) a blow, stripe, a wound 2) a public calamity, heavy affliction, plague,

Origin:  from 4141;; n f

Usage:  AV – plague 12, stripe 5, wound 4; 21


1 scorched: or, burned

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