"it is the number of a man, and his number is 666"
“This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18)
People have tried to affix the number 666 or one of its translations to a specific person. Nero was a candidate because his name could numerically match 666. They also could see the 666 relating to the Papacy. And many look for an Antichrist of the future bearing a name adding up to 666.
But what if the number doesn't match any person in particular? What if 666 is merely a man's number? The way K-9 is merely a dog's number?
The Lexham English Bible translates the verse as being man's number. “Here is wisdom: the one who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number, and his number is six hundred sixty-six.” (Revelation 13:18)