Revelation of John 18

For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His purpose by uniting to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 1 And the woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” 2

Babylon is Fallen

3 After this I saw another angel descending from heaven with great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his glory. 4 And he cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
Isaiah 21:9; Daniel 4:30
She has become a lair for demons and a haunt for every unclean spirit, every unclean bird, and every detestable beast.
NE, WH, BYZ, and TR a haunt for every unclean spirit and every unclean and detestable bird
5 All the nations have drunk
SBL and WH have fallen by
the wine of the passion of her immorality. The kings of the earth were immoral with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from the extravagance of her luxury.”
6 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, My people,
Jeremiah 51:45
so that you will not share in her sins [or] contract [any] of her plagues.
7 For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 8 Give back to her as she has done [to others] ; pay her back double for what she has done; mix her a double [portion] in [her own] cup. 9 As much as she has glorified herself and lived in luxury, give her the same measure of torment and grief. In her heart she says, ‘I sit [as] queen; I am not a widow and {will} never see grief.’ 10 Therefore her plagues will come in one day— death and misery and famine— and she will be consumed by fire, for mighty [is the] Lord God who judges her.”

Lament over Babylon

11 Then the kings of the earth who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her will weep and wail at the sight of the smoke [ rising ] from the fire that consumes her. 12 In fear of her torment, they will stand at a distance [and] cry out: “Woe, woe to the great city, the mighty city of Babylon! For [in] a single hour your judgment has come.” 13 And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, because [there is] no one left to buy their cargo— 14 cargo of gold, silver, precious stones, and pearls; [of] fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet; of all kinds of citron wood and every article of ivory, precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 15 of cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, and frankincense; of wine, olive oil, fine flour, and wheat; of cattle, sheep, horses, and chariots; of slaves and souls of men: 16 “ - The fruit of your soul’s desire has departed from you; all [your] luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be [seen] [again] .” 17 The merchants who sold these things [and] grew their wealth from her will stand at a distance, in fear of her torment. They will weep and mourn, 18 saying: “Woe, woe to the great city, clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 19 For [in] a single hour such fabulous wealth has been destroyed!” Every shipmaster, passenger, and sailor, and all who make their living from the sea, will stand at a distance 20 and cry out at the sight of the smoke [rising] from the fire that consumes her, saying, ‘What [city was ever] like [this] great city?’ 21 Then they will throw dust on their heads as they weep and mourn and cry out: “Woe, woe to the great city, [where] all who had ships on the sea were enriched by her wealth! For in a single hour she has been destroyed.” 22 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, [O] saints and apostles and prophets, because for you God has pronounced [His] judgment against her.”

The Doom of Babylon

23 Then a mighty angel picked up a stone the size of a great millstone and cast [it] into the sea, saying: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be cast down, never to be [seen] again. 24 And [the] sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will never ring out in you again. [Nor will] any craftsmen of any trade be [found] in you again, [nor] [the] sound of a millstone be heard in you again.
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