Revelation 18:9–20

Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with herh and shared her luxuryi see the smoke of her burning,j they will weep and mourn over her.k 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far offl and cry:

“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,m

you mighty city of Babylon!

In one hourn your doom has come!’

11 “The merchantso of the earth will weep and mournp over her because no one buys their cargoes anymoreq12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;r 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.s

14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from hert will stand far off,u terrified at her torment. They will weep and mournv 16 and cry out:

“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,w

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,

and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!x

17 In one houry such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’z

“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,a will stand far off.b 18 When they see the smoke of her burning,c they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great cityd?’e 19 They will throw dust on their heads,f and with weeping and mourningg cry out:

“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,h

where all who had ships on the sea

became rich through her wealth!

In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’i

20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!j

Rejoice, you people of God!

Rejoice, apostles and prophets!

For God has judged her

with the judgment she imposed on you.”k

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