Bible Answer

Who is standing on the seashore?

In your Revelation study, you said the dragon (Satan) is standing on the sea shore in Rev 13:1, but in my King James Bible, the same verse says "I stood on the sand of the sea..." Which is correct?

In Revelation 13, the verse in the original Greek does not offer a proper noun for the one doing the standing. Neither the words “dragon” nor “I” appear in the original Greek text, therefore the interpreters had to assume the subject of the sentence. Notice the subject of the immediately preceding verse in Revelation 12:17:

Rev. 12:17  So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

The subject of v.17 is the dragon, so the NASB translators assumed that John was still referring to the dragon standing by the sea in v.13:1. On the other hand, the King James Version assumed that the subject of 13:1 was the book's human author, the Apostle John.

We favor the NASB interpretation.