Revelation of John 18

Babylon Is Fallen

1After these things I saw another a  angel b  coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was c  illumined with his glory. 2And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying
Lit Babylon...fell, fell
,
e  Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She f  has become a dwelling place of demons and a
Or haunt
prison of every h  unclean spirit, and a
Or haunt
prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
3For all the nations
Two early ancient mss read have fallen by
have drunk of the k  wine of the
Lit wrath
passion of her immorality, and m  the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the n  merchants of the earth have become rich by the
Lit power
wealth of her
Or luxury
,
q  sensuality.”

4I heard another voice from heaven, saying r  Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5for her sins have
Lit joined together
,
t  piled up as high as heaven, and God has u  remembered her iniquities.
6 v  Pay her back even as she has paid, and
Lit double to her
give back to her double according to her deeds; in the x  cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.
7 y  To the degree that she glorified herself and z  lived
Or luxuriously
sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘ ab  I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’
8For this reason ac  in one day her plagues will come,
Lit death
pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be ae  burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her af  is strong.

Lament for Babylon

9“And ag  the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and ah  lived
Or luxuriously
sensuously with her, will aj  weep and lament over her when they ak  see the smoke of her burning,
10 al  standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘ am  Woe, woe an  the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in ao  one hour your judgment has come.’

11“And the ap  merchants of the earth aq  weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more 12cargoes of ar  gold and silver and precious
Lit stone
stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and
Or brass
bronze and iron and marble,
13and cinnamon and
Gr amomon
spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and
Lit bodies
slaves and
Lit souls of people (Gr anthropoi)
,
ax  human lives.
14The fruit
Lit of your soul’s desire
you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.
15“The az  merchants of ba  these things, who became rich from her, will bb  stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16saying, ‘ bc  Woe, woe bd  the great city, she who be  was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and
Lit gilded
adorned with gold and precious
Lit stone and pearl
stones and pearls;
17for in bh  one hour such great wealth has been laid bi  waste!’ And bj  every shipmaster and every
Lit one who sails to a place
passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, bl  stood at a distance,
18and were bm  crying out as they bn  saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘ bo  What city is like bp  the great city?’ 19And they threw bq  dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘ br  Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea bs  became rich by her
Lit costliness
wealth, for in bu  one hour she has been laid bv  waste!’
20 bw  Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you
Or holy ones
saints and by  apostles and prophets, because bz  God has
Lit judged your judgment of her
pronounced judgment for you against her.”

21Then
Lit one
a cc  strong angel cd  took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon ce  the great city, be thrown down with violence, and cf  will not be found any longer.
22“And cg  the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the ch  sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; 23and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the ci  voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your cj  merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived ck  by your sorcery. 24And in her was found the cl  blood of prophets and of
Or holy ones
saints and of cn  all who have been slain on the earth.”
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