1. Revelation 13:14 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why is the world’s population here described as those who dwell on earth?

Revelation 13:14 (ESV)

14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

The designation who dwell on earth actually appears twice in this verse in the Greek (the ESV uses the word them in place of the second time this phrase appears). The doubling is intended to draw the reader’s attention specifically to this designation. As this beast is also from the earth, those who dwell on the earth are his natural companions. The point is to emphasize that the beast’s word/messaging sits well with humankind.