Revelation of John 18

The Fall of Babylon

1After this I saw aanother angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and bthe earth was made bright with his glory. 2And he called out with a mighty voice,

cFallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become da dwelling place for demons,
a haunt efor every unclean spirit,
a haunt ffor every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
3For all nations have drunk
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hthe wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and ithe kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and jthe merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
4Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

kCome out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
5for lher sins are heaped high as heaven,
and mGod has remembered her iniquities.
6 nPay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her odouble for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her pin the cup she mixed.
7 qAs she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
r‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
8For this reason her plagues will come sin a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and tshe will be burned up with fire;
for umighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
9And vthe kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, wwill weep and wail over her xwhen they see the smoke of her burning. 10 yThey will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,

Alas! Alas! zYou great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For aain a single hour your judgment has come.”
11And abthe merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, 12cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, 13cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls.
Or  and slaves, and human lives

14 “The fruit for which your soul longed
has gone from you,
and all your delicacies and your splendors
are lost to you,
never to be found again!”
15 adThe merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, aewill stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,

16 Alas, alas, for the great city
afthat was clothed in fine linen,
in purple and scarlet,
adorned with gold,
with jewels, and with pearls!
17For agin a single hour all this wealth ahhas been laid waste.”
And aiall shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off
18and ajcried out akas they saw the smoke of her burning,

alWhat city was like the great city?”
19And they threw amdust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,

Alas, alas, for the great city
anwhere all who had ships at sea
grew rich by her wealth!
For aoin a single hour she has been laid waste.
20 apRejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and aqapostles and prophets,
for arGod has given judgment for you against her!”
21Then asa mighty angel attook up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,

So will Babylon authe great city be thrown down with violence,
and will be found no more;
22and avthe sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,
will be heard in you no more,
and a craftsman of any craft
will be found in you no more,
and awthe sound of the mill
will be heard in you no more,
23and the light of a lamp
will shine in you no more,
and axthe voice of bridegroom and bride
will be heard in you no more,
for ayyour merchants were the great ones of the earth,
and all nations were deceived azby your sorcery.
24And bain her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
and of bball who have been slain on earth.”
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