18 After this I saw another angel with great authority coming down from heaven,ah and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 He called out in a mighty voice:
It has fallen,K
Babylon the Great has fallen!ai
She has become a home for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
3 For all the nations have drunkN
the wine of her sexual immorality,
which brings wrath.a
The kings of the earth
have committed sexual immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth
have grown wealthy from her sensuality and excess.b
Come out of her, my people,
so that you will not share in her sinsc
or receive any of her plagues.
and God has remembered her crimes.e
6 Pay her back the way she also paid,f
and double it according to her works.g
In the cup in which she mixed,h
mix a double portion for her.
give her that much torment and grief.
For she says in her heart,
“I sit as a queen;
I am not a widow,
and I will never see grief.”i
death and grief and famine.j
She will be burned up with fire,k
9 The kings of the earth who have committed sexual immorality and shared her sensual and excessive ways will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke from her burning. 10 They will stand far off in fear of her torment,n saying,
Woe, woe, the great city,o
Babylon, the mighty city!
For in a single hour
your judgment has come.
11 The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo any longer—12 cargo of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet; all kinds of fragrant wood products; objects of ivory; objects of expensive wood, brass,B iron, and marble; 13 cinnamon, spice,C incense, myrrh,D and frankincense; wine, olive oil, fine flour, and grain; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and slaves—human lives.p
All your splendid and glamorous things are gone;
they will never find them again.
Woe, woe, the great city,
dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet,
adorned with gold, jewels, and pearls;q
such fabulous wealth was destroyed!
And every shipmaster, seafarer, the sailors, and all who do business by sea, stood far off 18 as they watched the smoke from her burning and kept crying out: “Who was like the great city?”r 19 They threw dust on their heads and kept crying out, weeping, and mourning,s
Woe, woe, the great city,t
where all those who have ships on the sea
became rich from her wealth;
for in a single hour she was destroyed.
and you saints, apostles, and prophets,u
because God has pronounced on her the judgmentv she passed on you!
21 Then a mighty angelw picked up a stone like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,
In this way, Babylon the great city
will be thrown down violentlyx
and never be found again.y
flutists, and trumpeters
will never be heard in you again;z
no craftsman of any trade
will ever be found in you again;
the sound of a mill
will never be heard in you again;
will never shine in you again;
will never be heard in you again.a
All this will happen
because your merchants
were the nobility of the earth,
because all the nations were deceived
by your sorcery.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and saints,b
and of all those slaughtered on the earth.c
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