Revelation 17:1–6

Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast

17 One of the seven angelsr who had the seven bowlss came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishmentt of the great prostitute,u who sits by many waters.v With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”w

Then the angel carried me away in the Spiritx into a wilderness.y There I saw a woman sitting on a scarletz beast that was covered with blasphemous namesa and had seven heads and ten horns.b The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.c She held a golden cupd in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.e The name written on her forehead was a mystery:f

babylon the greatg

the mother of prostitutesh

and of the abominations of the earth.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people,i the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.

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