And I saw the seven angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
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were destroyed: Another version, by saying, "and they destroyed the third part of the ships," signifies that the third part which was dead killed another third, namely, that which came next to itself, by an injurious tradition, and following of unprofitable doctrine. THE THIRD ANGEL star. Heretics, who are called by the Apostle Jude, "stars of seduction," fall from the height of the Church, and by the flame of their own wickedness they endeavour to corrupt the fountains of the divine Scripture, not the sense of which alone, but also the words, they dare to falsify. These are worthy of the name of Wormwood, for a sligth admixture of it is wont to make bitter much sweetness. died. For "many," as the Apostle says, "follow their own luxuries, through whom the way of truth is evil spoken of." By the people of God, however, as Moses teaches, every kind of water can be drunk. THE FOURTH ANGEL